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Penelope Todd was born Christchurch where she also trained as a nurse, married, and where her three (now adult) children were born. She writes for adults, children, and young adults. Her writing has taken her in recent years to Spain, to the Chateau de Lavigny international writers’ residency in Switzerland, and in 2007 to Iowa for the International Writers’ Programme.
In 2001, she was Writer in Residence at the Dunedin College of Education. Her work has been four times short-listed for the New Zealand Post Children’s and Young Adults’ Book Awards. In 2005 her novel Box received a White Raven Award in Munich for outstanding children’s literature. Zillah (2007) , an exquisite conclusion to the Watermark trilogy, is currently a finalist for the 2008 New Zealand Post Children’s and Young Adults’ Book Awards. Her most recent book is Digging for Spain: A Writer’s Journey. This is an exquisite memoir which offers a portrait of the growth of a writer, of the challenges of faith, and the route the author has taken to reach a better accommodation with herself, and her family.
Penelope works part time as an editor, and she lives with her husband in Dunedin. She is working on a novel for adult readers.
For more information on Penelope Todd go to: (http://www.penelopetodd.co.nz)