Jenny Haworth is well-known as both publisher and writer. She is a regular visitor to the centre and in 2014 was awarded the NZ Society of Authors Museum Fellowship for her work on artists during World War I. She has since returned regularly to research and work on other projects.
Based in Christchurch, Haworth has been as a travel writer, freelance journalist, non-fiction writer and novelist. She has written for many New Zealand and international magazines and newspapers, and has received commissions from numerous international publishers. She has a life-long love of history and the arts and has an MA in history.
Her special interests are books connected with the past. Her three novels are all historical and she has written various non-fiction works including New Zealand Past and Present and the Art of War: New Zealand War artists in the Field 1939-45. She is also writes about the New Zealand fishing industry. A recent work is Swimming Upstream, on the development of salmon farming in New Zealand. Her latest novel is called The Undone Years.
Her publishing company, Wily Publications, publishes emerging New Zealand writers and heritage non-fiction, particularly on the arts. She has written a history of New Zealand’s road transport industry and another on the Canterbury Club. Her fourth novel No Victors is about New Zealand troops in Italy in World War II.