James Norcliffe is the award-winning author of ten collections of poetry, a short story collection and several award-winning novels for young people. His newest collection is Deadpan (OUP, 2019) and his newest novel is The Frog Prince (Penguin, 2022). James had a long-time involvement with takahē magazine and has edited anthologies of poetry, notably the ReDraft annual anthologies. He co-edited Essential New Zealand Poems – Facing the Empty Page (Godwit/Random, 2014), Leaving the Red Zone – Poems from the Canterbury Earthquakes (Clerestory Press, 2016), Bonsai: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand (CUP, 2018) and Ko Aotearoa Tātou | We Are New Zealand (OUP, 2020). James is also an acclaimed children’s writer; his most recent books include the Mallory, Mallory books (2020-21) and The Crate (2022). He has been awarded writing fellowships in New Zealand and overseas, including the Burns Fellowship, the IWP/Iowa Residency and residencies in Hobart, Massey University and Otago University College of Education.