November 10th, 2023

I am over the moon to announce that my new middle-grade fantasy The Grimmelings will be published February 2024 with the wonderful folks at Allen & Unwin in New Zealand and Australia, and, thanks to Creative New Zealand I have a new website coming soon. Watch this space! In the meantime, enjoy this cover reveal… illustrated by Max Thompson and designed by Katrina Duncan, with the video magic by Jonathan King (yes we are related).


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Edinburgh International Book Festival 2017

June 27th, 2017

Rachael will be appearing at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on August 19, 2017, talking about Red Rocks in the session Migrating Mythologies, alongside Scottish children’s writer Lari Don. She will also be visiting the Orkney Islands, home of the selkies beforehand, so there will be plenty to talk about. For more information on the event, visit the festival website.

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Women of Letters

November 10th, 2015

Rachael will be appearing at the Women of Letters event on Sunday 15 November in Wellington. “Women of Letters is a live epistolary performance that has reached cult popularity around the world. The art of the letter will be revived by a most luminous, powerful and elegant panel made up of seven inspiring New Zealand women reading aloud their letters ‘to the person I imagined I’d be’.” For more information, visit

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Whanganui Literary Festival 18-20 September

August 27th, 2015

Rachael will be appearing at the Whanganui Literary Festival which runs from 18-20 September and looks like a great weekend of literary treats, including Charlotte Grimshaw, Tim Wilson, Nicky Hager, Jarrod Gilbert, Paul Thomas, Nalini Singh and much more. Here’s the full programme. Rachael will be appearing on Saturday night in the Dinner with the Stars and on Sunday morning at 11.30am in conversation for As Strange as Fiction.

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Christchurch City Libraries Community Read

August 4th, 2015

Rachael King’s novel Magpie Hall has been selected as the 2016 Christchurch City Libraries Community Read in August. The motto is “one book, one community” and “take a walk on the dark side”, and everyone is encouraged to read and discuss one book. Unlimited free ebook downloads are available for the month of August for library members.  Magpie Hall is a great fit for the project, as the book is set in Canterbury. The launch takes place at South Library on August 7, with Rachael talking about the inspiration and research behind Magpie Hall at 11am, and an evening event with a troop of comedy improvisers from 7.30pm. For all the details, go here.

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