Nic Low

Nic Low is a New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based writer of Ngāi Tahu Māori and European descent. His essays and short fiction have been published and anthologised widely in Australia and New Zealand. His first book, the satirical short story collection Arms Race, was an Australian Book Review and Listener book of the year, and shortlisted for the Readings Prize and Queensland Literary Awards. He is currently finishing his second book, a Māori history of the Southern Alps told through walking journeys; and a judge for the 2020 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards and  the 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Find him at

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