Damien Wilkins is one of New Zealand’s leading writers. He has published two collections of stories, a book of poems and eight novels. His work has won a number of awards including the New Zealand Book Award, a Whiting Writers Award and the 2008 NZ Post Mansfield Prize. In 2013 he received an Arts Foundation Laureate Award. Under the name The Close Readers, he has released three albums of original songs. He lives in Wellington, where he is the Director of the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University.