About

PBJ_Holly_Walker_Feb2016-158Kia ora. I’m a writer based in Lower Hutt, New Zealand. I write mostly personal essays, reviews and features about literature and the arts. This site collates some of my published work in one place.

My favourites are this essay on becoming a grown up, first published on The Ruminator, this interview with Patricia Grace, first published on The Spinoff, and this essay on post-natal anxiety, first published on The Wireless.

In June 2017 my first book The Whole Intimate Mess: Motherhood, Politics, and Women’s Writing was published by Bridget Williams Books. You can find out more about it and order it here. From 2016-2017 I also co-hosted a straight-talking parenting podcast called Dear Mamas with Emily Writes, but we sadly gave it up when it became too hard to juggle.

The rest of the time, I work as a children’s advocate and wrangle a small person. In the past, I’ve been a magazine editor, policy analyst, Rhodes Scholar, Green MP, and volunteer.

I live in Petone (that’s our beach in the photo) with my partner Dave, our three-year-old daughter, and a cat called Catface. We are expecting our second child later in 2017. I place a high value on coffee and good TV drama.