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 

Writing is my vocation and profession. 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 been honoured in various ways. (As my publishing career began in 1975, I won't list them all.) I have been Writer in Residence at Canterbury University, I was the first Australia-New Zealand Writer's Fellow (at Macquarie University), and for two years, I was Guest Professor at Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts in Kyoto, Japan.

Teaching has been a pleasure throughout my career. I've taught in schools, universities and corporate settings in New Zealand, China, Australia, Singapore, Cambodia, and Japan, and I have designed and delivered online courses in digital writing to more than 5,000 people. I enjoy readings and public speaking, which has taken me to conferences in eight countries so far.  I've received a travel Scholarship for Teacher in the Arts, and the J.R. McKenzie Fellowship for Educational Research. And for years I've been involved in the Plain Language movement.

There are always one or two new books bubbling in my mind. I enjoy blogging in prose and poetry, for its own sake and for the community engagement. I still run occasional live workshops for writers, and I make video courses on writing for health and happiness.

I live in Wellington, New Zealand, and I visit other parts of the world for work and play. Family, friends, singing and dancing and keeping fit are priorities. I'm particularly interested in the existential and practical challenges that come with the benefits of living a long life.

Please visit my blogs for poems and updates on what I'm thinking and doing.