Lawrence Patchett is a Pākehā writer of fiction. His ancestors come from the Shetland Islands, Scotland, England, and Ireland. Raised near the Waikirikiri/ Selwyn River in Canterbury, he’s currently one of the Ursula Bethell Writers in Residence at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha/ the University of Canterbury.
His fiction has been recognised with the NZSA Hubert Church Award for Best First Book of Fiction, and in the Long and the Short of It Short Story Competition. His work has also appeared in Sport, Overland, Landfall, Dominion Post, Hue & Cry, and on Radio New Zealand National.
He has a PhD in Creative Writing from Victoria University, and is a keen but very gradual learner of te reo Māori, currently studying towards Te Aupikitanga ki te Reo Kairangi at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.
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