Stephanie Johnson is an award-winning novelist, poet, playwright and co-founder of the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival.
She’s published eight novels, and is a past winner of the Montana Book Award for The Shag Incident.
She’s also won the Katherine Mansfield Fellowship in Menton, and the Bruce Mason Memorial Playwright's Award.
She has held the University of Auckland writers' residency and several of her novels have been long-listed for the Impac Awards in Dublin.
Her latest novel The Writers’ Festival is an entertaining look at the publishing industry and the politics and human comedy behind writers’ festivals. It follows on from The Writing Class, which she describes as a novel about writing.