Join me at the Historical Novel Society of Australia conference.

8-10 September 2017 at Swinburne University, Hawthorne, Melbourne.

You’ll find me on the panel session – IMMIGRANT STORIES AND DIASPORA: HOW PIONEERS ADAPT AND SURVIVE IN THEIR NEW LAND – on Saturday at 12.15pm. talking with other authors about how immigrants have helped build our multicultural nations over many generations.
Hanifa Deen explores how Maxine Alterio, Arnold Zable, Vicky Adin and Kim Kelly breathe life into tales of prejudice, hardship, homesickness and adaptation.
You will receive 15% off the full price for our weekend programme. The same discount also applies for tickets to our opening reception.


14355702_775765755859722_7736174874637618636_nThe 2016 NZ Book Festival – Saturday 5 November

Join me and hundreds of other writers at Mt Eden War Memorial Hall, 10am – 4.30pm.

 I’ll be there with “Brigid” my character from The Girl from County Clare

NZIBF-Poster-copy3-4 October 2015.

Join me on Stand #14 at the NZ Independent Book Festival 2015.


Mairangi Writers A4Wednesday 26 November 2014

Join Mairangi Writers at Takapuna Library at the launch nine new titles 



St Paul’s Church, 100b Victoria Street Devonport


Whangamata Library Meet the Author and Book Launch for The Cornish Knot – 17 May 2014 

NZ Authors flyer


Mairangi Writers and Let’s Buy Books presents:

New Zealand Authors’ – A Celebration of Independence Events – March and April  2014




Torbay 60s Up – 11 September 2012

East Coast Bays Library – 15 August 2012
Tea and Topics – with fellow author Jean Louise Allen

Auckland History Teachers Association Conference – 2 July 2012
Epsom Girls Grammar School

NZ Fencible Society – 23 June 2012
Panmure Library
Although Daniel was not a Fencible, since he arrived much later and served in the army, the members of the Society were interested in the story of Daniel, how I had researched his activities and especially how I have written his story. Thanks to those who invited me and thanks to those who turned up to listen.

North Shore Genealogy Society – 17 April 2012
Marlborough Hall, Glenfield

I had the opportunity of speaking to the North Shore Genealogy Society about my journey into finding Daniel, and starting in a hall just like the one they meet in. Thank you to everyone who turned up to listen to me.

Papakura Genealogy Society – 6 March 2012
I was delighted to be invited to speak at the Papakura Genealogy Society meeting as that is where the research into Daniel all started. In that very hall with that group over 20 years ago. It was nice to catch up with those I knew and meet those I didn’t. Thanks for the invite.

Whangamata Library – Meet the Author – 18 November 2011

My thanks to the Whangamata Library for organising a Meet the Author event and setting up a library display. It was lovely to meet new people who were interested in the story of Daniel.

Foxton Book Launch – 20 August 2011

The weather the week before delivered snow to much of the area and with the Manawatu known for its lazy winds that go right through you, I was prepared with layers of clothes. Much to my surprise the weather was great. The sun shone and it was a very pleasant mild weekend.

So, too was the book launch an excellent event. The Lions Ladies put on a truly country style afternoon tea and the pot luck dinner that followed the book readings, with lots and lots of conversation, made for a very pleasant Saturday evening.

It was great to catch up with so many people I knew and to meet new ones.
Thanks to everyone who made the effort to be there, especially those travelling from out of town.

Takapuna Library Book launch – 14 June 2011

The book launch was a real party with balloons, wine and cheese, finger food, lots of conversation and photos. Two of my grandchildren charmed the audience by handing out bookmarks as a memento of the evening. Thanks to all who came. Congratulations to Lynette the winner of the Lucky Door prize.