2Write for writing and editing
Pip’s book, The War That Never Ended: New Zealand Veterans Remember Korea, records the memories of 12 Kiwi veterans of the Korean War. It was commissioned by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage and published by Penguin.
The book is based on oral history interviews with gunners, signallers, seamen, a mechanic, dispatch rider, dentist, engineer and official photographer – straight-talking Māori and Pakeha men sharing significant and irreverent war-time stories. The men’s personal narratives breathe life into this important historical event and will give future generations a greater understanding of a largely forgotten war.
The War That Never Ended was launched at Parliament in March 2013. Listen to Pip’s interview with Eva Radich on National Radio.
‘Thank you for your efforts on behalf of all our veterans and your kind words at the launch of your most excellent book.’ - Des Vinten, Korean War veteran
As a volunteer in Timor-Leste from 2013 to 2015, Pip wrote Matadalan Hakerek Kreativu, the first creative writing guide in the local language, Tetun. The 140-page guide is a practical introduction to story-writing for this traditionally oral culture. It arose out of Pip’s creative writing classes for Timorese researchers who have gathered 800 women’s stories of resistance to the brutal Indonesian occupation of their country. Four of these stories are included in the guide, which Pat designed and formatted.
Winner of the 2010 NZ Post Best First Book of Non-Fiction, Trust: A True Story of Women and Gangs is the true story of Aroha Trust, a work cooperative for young gang women in Wellington in the late 1970s. It’s based on Pip’s experience as a founding member of the Trust and her oral history interviews and ongoing friendship with the women.
We edit Employment Agreements: Bargaining Trends and Employment Law Update, an annual 300-page publication for Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Law.
We also copy edit, proof-read and format university texts, such as these for Pearson Publishers (Higher Education Division):
Pat is writing the detailed personal and business history of a Wellington family, based on oral history interviews with family members.
Pip has just completed the draft of a third book – details coming soon. She has also recently edited a thriller set in South Africa, penned by an Irish writer.