Margaret Sutherland is a New Zealand writer who has lived in Australia since 1986. She has published seven novels and several collections of short stories. Her credits include the Katherine Mansfield Short Story Award, the New Zealand Scholarship in Letters and two Australia Council Fellowships. Her stories have been included in many anthologies; most recently in The Civically Engaged Reader (Great Books Foundation of America, 2006.) In 2009 she won a national literary award for her short story, The Camphor Laurel. With her husband Bill Chaplin she runs a music teaching practice in Lake Macquarie, New South Wales.