Tanya Moir

ANZL Member

Photo credit: Fiona Tomlinson

Southland born writer Tanya Moir has published three novels and worked in various media both in New Zealand and overseas. Her third novel, The Legend of Winstone Blackhat (Vintage, 2015) was longlisted for the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. The NZ Listener described it as an ‘absolute standout, though be warned, it will haunt you for days afterwards . . . this deserves to become a New Zealand classic’.

Tanya’s first book, the critically acclaimed historical novel La Rochelle’s Road (Black Swan, 2011), was longlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize (2012). The Listener described it as ‘that wonder: absorbing historical fiction that replenishes our view of the world then and now’. Of her second novel, Anticipation, (Vintage, 2013), the Dominion Post wrote: ‘When [novels] are written as well as this one is, with as much energy and style, the result is a rare treat . . . Tanya Moir weaves a story as rich, intricate and colourful as a tapestry. It is briskly told and is deeply, satisfyingly good . . . Moir is clearly a New Zealand writer to watch’ and the Weekend Herald: ‘Her talent with prose is far reaching; her ability to pluck a clever phrase from a seemingly inexhaustible well of fluid imagination quite stunning’.

Tanya studied with the Hagley Writers’ Institute. She received the Margaret Mahy Award in 2008. She was awarded the Todd New Writer’s Bursary in 2012 and a Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship in 2013.

Tanya lives on Banks Peninsula with her husband.



Tanya Moir’s website

Random House Books NZ author page

Radio New Zealand  interview with Lynn Freeman (2015)

Interview with Southland Times (2013)

Bibliography: Tanya Moir




The Legend of Winstone Blackhat (Vintage; Penguin Random House, 2015)

Anticipation (Vintage; Penguin Random House, 2013)

La Rochelle’s Road (Black Swan; Penguin Random House, 2011)

'...poetry makes intimate everything that it touches.' - Michael Harlow

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