Nic Low is a writer and arts organiser of Ngāi Tahu Māori and European descent, born in Christchurch and now Melbourne-based. He’s published widely on wilderness, technology, history and race, kickstarted by a shortlisting in the 2012 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. His first book, short story collection Arms Race, was an ABR and Listener book of the year, and shortlisted for the Readings Prize and Queensland Literary Awards. He’s the winner of the 2018 CLNZ Writer Award, an alumnus of the Banff Centre, and a 2017 writer in residence at the Seattle City of Literature. Nic has previously been a director of the National Young Writers Festival, curatorial adviser to the Melbourne Writers’ Festival, and manager of the International Writing Program at the University of Melbourne’s Asialink Institute, devising literary collaborations including Bookwallah, a roving festival which took 5 writers across India and Australia by train. He’s currently finishing his second book, a Māori history of New Zealand’s Southern Alps told through walking journeys, out with Text Publishing next year.