Hera Lindsay Bird is an award-winning Wellington poet and fiction writer. Her debut self-titled book of poetry was published in 2016 and became an instant bestseller with an international fan base. Hera has an MA in poetry and is one of the most acclaimed young poets to emerge from New Zealand. Her self-titled debut was the fastest selling book of poetry published by Victoria University Press. She is participating in this year’s festival with the support of the Creative New Zealand International Promotional Fund for Literature.