Steve Braunias

ANZL Member

One of the most popular writers in New Zealand, Steve Braunias is also an in-demand public speaker. He has long practised the art of creative non-fiction and brings a quick wit from page to stage, where he is confident as either a panellist, chair, or featured speaker.

As a journalist and author, Steve has won over 40 national writing awards including best columnist, arts writer (three times), travel writer (three times), sports writer (twice), crime writer, and food writer. His other awards include Best First Book of Non-fiction (2002), Best Book of Non-fiction (2013), and most recently the Australasian College of Anaesthesia Media Award (2016).

He has also won fellowships to both Oxford and Cambridge Universities and was a recipient of the Buddle Finlay Frank Sargeson Fellowship. He has often appeared at literary festivals throughout New Zealand, as well as London and Melbourne.

His most recent book The Scene of the Crime (HarperCollins, 2015) was described as ‘probably the best book of crime writing yet published in New Zealand’. His previous books include a savage political campaign diary Madmen: Inside the Weirdest Election Campaign Ever (Luncheon Sausage Books, 2014), and an often harrowing examination of small-town New Zealand life Civilisation: 20 Places on the Edge of the World (Awa Press, 2012).

He is a staff writer for the NZ Herald and also serves as literary editor for the Spinoff Review of Books online literary journal.  In 2016, his work has included a long Q + A with London writer Andrew O’Hagan, a quest to eat at every single one of the 55 fast food joints on one street in Auckland, and a satirical diary of Prime Minister John Key which featured Key unscrewing his head and letting it float up and around the ceiling.



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Spinoff Magazine profile page

Awa Press author page



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