Emma Neale is a writer, editor and occasional creative writing tutor. Her literary awards and fellowships include the inaugural NZSA/Janet Frame Memorial Award, the Kathleen Grattan Award for an unpublished poetry manuscript (The Truth Garden), the University of Otago Burns Fellowship and most recently the NZSA/Beatson Fellowship. Her fifth poetry collection, Tender Machines, was longlisted in the 2016 Ockham New Zealand book Awards. Her new novel, Billy Bird, was published recently. Emma lives in Dunedin with her husband and their two young children.