Bruce Ansley is one of New Zealand's pre-eminent storytellers. For more than two decades he was a writer for New Zealand Listener, before becoming a full-time author in 2007. He has held fellowships at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, and has won a number of journalism awards. He is author of ten books, including Coast: A New Zealand Journey which won Best Illustrated Non-fiction Book at the New Zealand Post Book Awards in 2014. His other books include A Fabled Land: The Story of Canterbury's Famous Mesopotamia Station and Wild Roads: A New Zealand Journey.