Kirsten McDougall

ANZL Member

Kirsten McDougall is a fiction and nonfiction writer who has published three novels through Victoria University Press: The Invisible Rider (2012), Tess (2017) and She’s a Killer (2021). She was the recipient of the 2013 Creative New Zealand Louis Johnson New Writer’s Bursary, and a Michael King Writers Centre residency in 2019. In 2021 her story ‘Walking Day’ won the 2021 Sunday Star-Times Short Story Competition.

Her first book, The Invisible Rider is a series of interconnected short stories. It was included in the NZ Listener‘s top fiction picks for that year and was Kate De Goldi’s top book for 2012 on Kim Hill’s Saturday Morning radio show. Tess, a novella about a young woman with the power to see people’s memories, was longlisted for the Ockham NZ Book Awards, and shortlisted for the Ngaio Marsh Award. Kirsten’s most recent book She’s a Killer is set in New Zealand a few years from now when the world’s climate is in crisis and New Zealand is being divided and reshaped by privileged immigrant wealthugees. In her Radio NZ review Claire Mabey describes She’s a Killer as a ‘gripping dystopia, incredible sense of humour, super accomplished’.

Kirsten also has widely published short fiction in journals and anthologies, including Monsters in the Garden: an anthology of Aotearoa New Zealand science fiction and fantasy (Victoria University Press, 2020), LandfallSport, Turbine, Big Weather: Poems of Wellington (2nd edition) and Tell You What: Great New Zealand Non-fiction 2016.

Kirsten was educated at Victoria University of Wellington, graduating with a Masters in Creative Writing at the IIML in 2004. She is the publicity manager at Victoria University Press in Wellington, and convenes the CREW 354 Long-form Fiction at the Institute of Modern Letters.



Victoria University Press writer page

NZ Herald review of She’s a Killer (Nov, 2021)

Stuff review of She’s a Killer (Oct, 2021)

Newsroom review of She’s a Killer (Oct, 2021)

Sunday Star Times 2020 winning story ‘Walking Day’ (Jan, 2021)


New releases by Kirsten McDougall

She’s a Killer (novel)

Published by Victoria University Press on October 14, 2021

Bibliography: Kirsten McDougall



She’s a Killer (Victoria University Press, 2021)

Tess (Victoria University Press, 2017)

The Invisible Rider (Victoria University Press, 2012)

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