Catherine Chidgey’s award-winning novels have achieved international acclaim. Her accolades include the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Short Story Award and the inaugural Prize in Modern Letters. She has held the Sargeson Fellowship, the Todd New Writers’ Bursary, the Katherine Mansfield Fellowship, the Rathcoola Residency, the NZSA Beatson Fellowship and the University of Otago Wallace Residency, and she has been Writer in Residence at the universities of Canterbury, Otago and Waikato. She holds degrees in German literature, psychology and creative writing, and her short fiction is widely published in anthologies and journals. She has translated many children’s picture books from the German, and her second children’s book appears in 2022. Her sixth novel, Remote Sympathy, was shortlisted for the Ockham NZ Book Awards, longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction and shortlisted for the DUBLIN Literary Award. Her new novel appears in October 2022. Catherine has taught creative writing at the University of Waikato since 2012. In 2019, she conceived the Sargeson Prize short story competition – New Zealand’s richest short story prize.