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Caroline Barron (Te Uri O Hau / Pākehā) is an award-winning author, story coach, presenter and manuscript assessor.

Caroline’s debut novel, GOLDEN DAYS (Affirm Press Australia and via Hachette New Zealand), is out now. Her memoir, RIPIRO BEACH (Bateman, New Zealand), won the 2020 New Zealand Heritage Literary Award for Best Non-fiction Book.

She holds a Masters in Creative Writing from University of Auckland (2015) plus a journalism degree and, in a previous life, owned and ran Nova—a leading model and talent agency.

Caroline is a Creative New Zealand funding assessor, creative writing teacher (webinars, live and Zoom classes, corporate workshops), presenter, and was a board member for the Michael King Writers Centre from 2017 to 2021, where she headed the residency selection committee. For seven months during 2022 she was contracted by Auckland Writers Festival | Waituhi o Tāmaki as Acting Marketing and Development Manager.

She has been a columnist for North & South and her work has been published by Condé Nast Traveler UK, The Guardian, Landfall, Awa Wahine, Author, Three Lamps, Next, New Zealand Herald and more. As a book consultant and manuscript assessor (independently and for the New Zealand Society of Authors, of which she is a member) she has worked on more than 80 works of fiction and non-fiction. She has reviewed books for Kete and Otago Daily Times. She judges regional and international writing competitions, as well as grant and residency applications.

Caroline resides in Aotearoa, New Zealand, between Auckland and Northland’s Ripiro (Baylys) Beach, with her husband, two daughters, a golden labrador and an adventurous tabby.

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