Catriona Ferguson (Chair)

Catriona Ferguson

Catriona started her career working in a children’s bookshop in London and has had an enthusiasm for children’s literature ever since. She was a literature development officer for Cambridgeshire County Council, working in partnership with libraries, venues, writers, publishers and booksellers to develop a programme of workshops, promotions and literature projects throughout the region.  While working for the British Council she was involved with promoting British and Commonwealth literature internationally. She was Arts Advisor: Literature at Creative New Zealand for three years before she joined the Book Council late in 2012. In April 2017 Catriona took up the position of Association Director for The Council of the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ).

Catriona has also reviewed books and theatre for a range of NZ publications including The Listener and The Sunday Star Times, as well as regularly reviewing on the Nine to Noon book slot. She is based in Auckland. Catriona joined the Michael King Writers' Studio Trust in March 2013 and In May that year she became chair.


The centre aims to promote all aspects of New Zealand's literature, including fiction and non-fiction, and to recognise Michael King's stature as a writer, historian, biographer and someone who helped New Zealand understand its cultural roots.