Stephanie Johnson MNZM is the author of many novels, several collections of short stories and verse. Her non-fiction book West Island: Five Twentieth Century New Zealanders in Australia was published in 2019. She is a well-regarded critic and the co-founder of the Auckland Writers Festival. In 2022 Stephanie received the Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement (Fiction).
Sarah L'Estrange has been in arts broadcasting for over 15 years and loves nothing more than to read a novel and then interview the author, and she gets to do it every week in her current role producing The Book Show, ABC Radio National.