My name is Erin Donohue. I am a poet, novelist and editor living in Te-Whanganui-a-Tara, Aotearoa. My book Because Everything Is Right but Everything is Wrong (Escalator Press, 2017) was a finalist in two categories in the 2018 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults and it centres around mental illness, high school and being a teen with the whole world stretched out in front of you. I have been featured in the Auckland Writers Festival, the Nelson Readers and Writers Festival and Verb in Wellington. I write about illness, perception, disability, love, body image and fear and am currently working on a collection of personal essays. I like taking pictures of the clouds, therapy, barbershop and my cat Maura, who is named after a Love Island contestant. I am my most authentic self when I am riding my moped on a sunny day or swimming in the sea, in any weather.

Photo of the cover of Because Everything Is Right but Everything Is Wrong

It’s changed the way I attend to those I teach. I cannot give it higher praise than that.

Bernard Beckett, author of Genesis, on Because Everything Is Right but Everything Is Wrong
Photo of author, Erin Donohue, discussing mental health and writing with year 10 students from Nelson College for Girls. This was part of the Nelson Arts Festival.

Every school library should have a copy of this book.

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