Caroline Barron (Ngāti Whātua, Te Uri O Hau) is an award-winning memoir and fiction writer, manuscript assessor and story consultant, book reviewer and creative writing teacher.
Her debut, RIPIRO BEACH: A Memoir of Life After Near Death (Bateman, May 2020) won the 2020 New Zealand Heritage Literary Award for Best Non-fiction Book, and her forthcoming novel Golden Days (Affirm Press, Australia) will be published in 2023. She holds a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Auckland (2015) plus a journalism degree and, in a previous life, owned and ran Nova—a leading model and talent agency.
Caroline is a Creative New Zealand funding assessor and was a board member for the Michael King Writers Centre from 2017 to 2021, where she headed the residency selection committee.
She has been a columnist for North & South, and her work has been published by Awa Wahine, Author, Next, New Zealand Herald and more. As a book consultant and manuscript assessor (independently and for the New Zealand Society of Authors, of which she is a member), she has worked on more than fifty works of fiction and non-fiction. She also judges regional and international writing competitions.
Caroline resides between Auckland and Northland’s Ripiro (Baylys) Beach with her husband and two daughters.