Pip Desmond is a Wellington writer, editor and oral historian. Her speciality is creative non-fiction. She has written two memoirs, the award-winning Trust: A True Story of Women and Gangs (Random House, 2009) and Song for Rosaleen (Massey University Press, 2018) which was longlisted for the NZ Book Awards. She also wrote The War That Never Ended: New Zealand Veterans Remember Korea (Penguin, 2013) based on in-depth oral history interviews with twelve New Zealanders who served in the Korean War.
On a two-year volunteer assignment in Timor Leste, Pip tutored in creative writing and wrote a creative writing guide for locals in the national language, Tetun. During this time she posted a regular blog of her experiences called Dili Dally.
Pip is committed to ethical story-telling. In 2015 she spoke at TEDx Wellington Women about the importance of both courage and compassion when we tell stories about real people. She was the 2019 Massey University Writer in Residence, and won a 2021 writers’ residency at the Michael King Centre to work on her latest book of creative non-fiction.