Marion McLeod worked for several years as a feature writer at the New Zealand Listener and later as a script consultant with the film and television company Gibson Group, for whom she devised the television drama series Cover Story. A widely respected reviewer of contemporary fiction, Marion McLeod was the co-editor of the Oxford University Press anthology of New Zealand women's fiction, Women's Work. Bill Manhire is one of New Zealand's finest practising poets. He has won the New Zealand Book Award for Poetry five times, most recently for Lifted, and his collected poems were published by VUP and Carcanet in 1990. He has also published several works of fiction, and The New Land: A Picture Book won the Buckland Prize in 1990. He was the inaugural Te Mata Estate New Zealand Poet Laureate in 1996 - 97, received an Arts Foundation of New Zealand Laureate award in 2005, and in 2007 received the Prime Minister's Award for Poetry. He directs the now famous creative writing programme at Victoria University of Wellington.