Thom Conroy

ANZL Member

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Thom Conroy is a fiction writer and senior lecturer in Creative Writing at Massey University in the Manawatu. He also tweets as part of the WriteCreative Massey group and through ACWRN (the Aotearoa Creative Writing Research Network).

In 2014, Thom Conroy published an historical novel entitled The Naturalist (Penguin Random House), which rose to number one in the Nielsen Bestseller’s list for fiction. His most recent novel was The Salted Air (Penguin Random House, 2016). Written in prose that is ‘punchy, dry, very elegant’. Sonja de Friez says, The Salted Air, ‘just sings’ and calls Conroy ‘a very interesting writer indeed’ (‘Nine to Noon’, Radio New Zealand). Writing of The Salted Air in The New Zealand Listener, Elizabeth Heritage says, ‘it is satisfying too to see Conroy working his craft’.

Thom’s short fiction has been published widely in New Zealand, Australia and the United States. His work has been recognised by Best American Short Stories 2012 and has won various other awards, including the Katherine Ann Porter Prize in Fiction and the Sunday Star Times Short Fiction Competition. In a review for the NZ Herald, David Hill writes, ‘Thom Conroy has already published a lot of shorter fiction, and won awards with it. He’s put in the writer’s kilometres, and The Naturalist‘s measured, lucid style shows this’.

Thom is currently working on a novel around environment impacts associated with intensive agriculture and a linked collection of short fiction entitled Emergency Procedures.



Massey University profile page

Random House Books author page

Radio New Zealand interview with Lynn Freeman on ‘Standing Room Only’ (June, 2016)

Radio New Zealand interview on ‘Saturday Mornings with Kim Hill’ (Aug, 2014)

Book review of The Salted Air (June, 2016)

‘What Words Weave’ – article about The Salted Air (June, 2014)

Radio New Zealand review of The Naturalist on ‘Afternoons with Simon Mercep’ (Nov, 2014)

Lipsyn podcast conversation with Thom Conroy (June, 2015)


Photo credit: Suzanne Chelius


Bibliography: Thom Conroy



The Salted Air (Penguin Random House, 2016)

The Naturalist (Penguin Random House, 2014)



Home: New Writing (Massey University Press, 2017)


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