Mandy Hager is a multi-award winning writer of fiction for young adults. In 2019 she was awarded the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal, for life-time achievement and a distinguished contribution to New Zealand’s literature for young people. She has won the LIANZA Book Awards for Young Adult fiction 3 times (Smashed 2008, The Nature of Ash 2013, Dear Vincent 2014), the NZ Post Children’s Book Awards for YA fiction (The Crossing 2010), an Honour Award in the 1996 AIM Children’s Book Awards (Tom’s Story), Golden Wings Excellence Award (Juno Lucina, 2002), Golden Wings Award (Run For The Trees, 2003) and Six Notable Book Awards.
She has also been awarded the 2012 Beatson Fellowship, the 2014 Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship and the 2015 Waikato University Writer in Residence.
In 2015 her novel Singing Home the Whale was awarded the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year award, and the Best Young Adult fiction Award from the NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. It has also been named a 2016 IBBY Honour Book, an international award. Her historical novel for adults, Heloise, was long-listed for the Ockham Book Awards. Her latest non-fiction book is Protest: Shaping Aotearoa.
She is a trained teacher with an MA in Creative Writing. She also writes adult fiction, short stories, non-fiction, educational resources, blogs and articles, and tutored the Novel Course for Whitireia’s Creative Writing Programme for ten years. She is currently President of the New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi O Aotearoa (PEN NZ) Inc.