Meet the authors of A Vase and a Vast Sea

Recently we posted about some exciting news: our upcoming publication, A Vase and a Vast Sea, is a celebration of 15 years of 4th Floor. But more than that, it’s a reunion of our community of creatives – teachers and students alike – who’ve walked the corridors of the Whitireia Creative Writing Programme. Today we wanted to share with you some of our brilliant authors included in A Vase and a Vast Sea.

Carolyn Gillum

Carolyn Gillum is an award-winning novelist and a Winston Churchill McNeish Writer’s Fellow. She has been published in Headland, 4th Floor, The Spinoff and NZ Author. She lives on Waiheke Island where she is completing her first novel.

Helen Vivienne Fletcher and her dog

Helen Vivienne Fletcher is a children’s and young adult author, playwright and spoken-word poet. She has written numerous books for young people, including Broken Silence, which was a finalist for the Ngaio Marsh Best First Book Award.

Kristina Jensen

Kristina Jensen is a freelance writer, musician and ‘poet afloat’ living a life of voluntary simplicity on a boat with her artist husband in the beautiful Marlborough Sounds of New Zealand. Her other passions include wild food foraging, sailing and collecting sticks.

Maggie Rainey-Smith

Maggie Rainey-Smith is a poet, novelist, essayist and short-story writer. Her most recent novel, Messene, was a bestseller in translation in Greece.
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As publishers, it’s been a joy to look back through 15 years of 4th Floor and recognise the legacy of the Whitireia Creative Writing Programme. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating a much-loved programme and its community of creatives.

Richard Beer