Stephen Daisley is the current Randell Cottage writing fellow in Wellington and is a guest at the Tauranga Arts Festival on Saturday 21 October.
He was born and raised in Raetihi where his parents ran a pub, he's been in the New Zealand army, worked as a bush cutter, truck driver, bartender, shearer, station hand, and is usually based just outside of Perth these days.
He won the inaugural Acorn Foundation Prize for Literary Fiction in 2016 for 'Coming Rain' and in 2011 won the Australian PM's Award for Literary Fiction with 'Traitor'.
This year he's working on a novel about a Vietnam War vet and the Whanganui River.
He tells us about the books, music and artists that have inspired him.