last updated
2 Dec 2002

Lynley Hood Photo Reg Graham

About Lynley Hood.....

I was born in Hamilton, New Zealand in 1942, and moved to Dunedin in 1961. After obtaining an M.Sc in Physiology, I worked in medical research before becoming a parent and freelance writer. My publications include four books, one stage play, several book chapters, and scores of magazine articles. My first book (Sylvia! The Biography of Sylvia Ashton-Warner) won the 1989 Wattie Book Award and the PEN Best First Book of Prose Award, and was Talking Book of the Year in 1990. My third book ( Minnie Dean: Her Life and Crimes) was short-listed for the 1995 New Zealand Book Awards. The radio version of my stage play (The Baby Farmer) won a special commendation at the 1997 New Zealand Radio Awards. My fourth book (A City Possessed: the Chirstchurch Civic Creche case ) won the Montana Medal for non-fiction and the Readers' Choice Award at the 2002 Montana New Zealand Book Awards. I was also awarded a 2002 New Zealand Skeptics Bravo Award for A City Possessed. In 2003 I was awarded a Doctorate of Literature (earned, not honorary) by the University of Otago for 'published contributions of special excellence in literary, social and historical knowledge'. I have served as national vice-president and local secretary of PEN (NZ), organised the Wordstruck literary festival, established the Dunedin Writers' Walk and contributed to literary festivals in New Zealand and overseas. I held the Robert Burns Fellowship at the University of Otago in 1991. My husband Jim and I have two sons, one daughter and one grand-daughter. My leisure activities include reading, gardening and walking on the beach.