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Briar Grace-Smith

Writer - Theatre and Film

Briar Grace-Smith descends from the Ngapuhi iwi in the north of New Zealand.

She is an award-winning writer of plays, television scripts and short stories.

Her plays have toured nationally and internationally to Australia, Canada and Greece. Her first play Nga Pou Wahine won the 1995 Bruce Mason Playwriting Award and Purapurawhetu won Best New Zealand Play at the 1997 Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards. Other plays include When Sun and Moon Collide, Haruru Mai and Potiki’s Memory of Stone.

Her television drama Fishskin Suit premiered in 2000, other work in television includes episode writing for Kaitangata Twitch (2009), Mataku and Being Eve. Briar’s first feature film, The Strength of Water, premiered at Rotterdam and Berlin Film Festivals in February 2009. She also co-wrote the short film, Lilly and Ra, for the United Nations in 2008.

In 2000, Briar received the inaugural Arts Foundation Laureate award. In 2003 she was the writer in residence at Victoria University. Briar completed her MA in ‘writing for page’ in 2008.

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