Saradha Koirala

ANZL Member

Photo credit: Richard Wise

Saradha Koirala grew up in Nelson, New Zealand, and is of Nepali/Pakeha descent. She writes reviews, young adult fiction and is the author of two poetry collections: Wit of the Staircase (Steele Roberts, 2009), and Tear Water Tea (Steele Roberts, 2013). Her poetry has been published in NZ Listener, Sport, Turbine, Hue & Cry, Cordite Poetry Review, Broadsheet and New Zealand Poetry Society Anthologies. Paula Green (NZ Poetry Shelf) described Saradha’s poems as ‘economical, graceful’ and ‘mysterious’. Hamesh Wyatt (Otago Daily Times) wrote: ‘This young woman will be going places in our literary scene’.

After she graduated with a Masters in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University (2007), Saradha taught English and creative writing at secondary schools from 2006-2015. In 2012, she received funding from Creative New Zealand to complete her second collection of poetry. She has participated in the Nelson Arts Festival (2014) and Greytown Arts Festival (2012), read at the New Zealand Poetry Society Conference at the National Library of New Zealand (2015), been guest at various poetry evenings and events, and was part of the final panel discussion at the Truth or Beauty: Poetry and Biography Conference at Victoria University (2014).

Saradha’s teen novel Lonesome When You Go was recently published through Makaro Press (July 2016). Saradha is also working on a third poetry collection.

She currently lives in Melbourne.



Saradha Koirala’s website


Steele Roberts author page

New Zealand Society of Authors writer page


Article in Nelson Mail (April 2014)

Landfall review of Tear Water Tea (May 2014)

takahē review of Tear Water Tea (2014)

Siobhan Harvey’s review of Tear Water Tea (Aug 2013)

NZ Poetry Shelf review of Tear Water Tea (Aug 2013)

Interview with Tim Jones (Aug 2013)

Bibliography: Saradha Koirala



Tear Water Tea (Steele Roberts, 2013)

Wit of the Staircase (Steele Roberts, 2009)



Lonesome When You Go (YA: Makaro Press, 2016)



'Wit of the Staircase' launch 2009 at Unity Books, Wellington. Photo credit: David Peters

‘Wit of the Staircase’ launch 2009 at Unity Books, Wellington. Photo credit: David Peters

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