Sarah Quigley


Born in New Zealand, Sarah Quigley is a fiction writer, poet, non-fiction writer, and reviewer. She has a D.Phil. in English Literature from St. Hilda’s College, Oxford. Her work has been widely published in New Zealand, the UK, the US, and Germany, and she has received several high-profile awards.

She has published several novels, two collections of short fiction and poetry, and a creative writing manual. Recent novels include Shot and Fifty Days (Virago). Her new novel, The Conductor, tells the story of the writing of Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony and its historic performance in besieged Leningrad in 1942.

Quigley’s novels and short stories are characterised by sharp observation and language play. She is a leading contemporary voice in New Zealand literature, writing and publishing across genres.

Since winning the Creative New Zealand Berlin Writers Residency in 2000, Quigley has been based in Berlin.