Rachel McAlpine at the launch of Humming, a very funny novel about two baby boomers reaching the age of 50—which can be traumatic for some.

Bio: Rachel McAlpine 

I live in Wellington, New Zealand, and I visit other parts of the world for work and play. I have been equal parts writer and teacher all my life. I've written five novels including Fixing Mrs PhilpottFarewell Speech and Humming, eight collections of poetry, six stage plays, and various works of non-fiction including Write Me A Web Page, Elsie! and The Passionate Pen. I've taught in schools, universities and corporate settings in New Zealand, China and Japan, and over ten years I designed and delivered online courses in digital writing to more than 5,000 people. Family, friends, singing and dancing are priorities.

There are always one or two new books simmering in the background. I enjoy blogging in prose and poetry, for its own sake and for the lively community dialogue. I still run live workshops for writers, and (very slowly) I am now making video courses on writing for health and happiness instead of money and fame.