Steve Braunias


Steve Braunias is one of sixty authors who attended The Press Christchurch Writers Festival from September 4th to 7th, 2008

Known to most for his weekly column in the Sunday Star Times and his writings over the years in The Listener, he is one of our most individual and funny writers. Born in Austria, his family came to Mount Maunganui when he was three. A career as a journalist followed (some time later) and his columns have been collected in various books, including How to watch a bird — a quirky look at a genuine interest.

His first collection, Fool’s paradise, won Best First Book of Non-Fiction at the 2002 Montana Awards and had some delightful vignettes of his travels around New Zealand.

coverHis 2008 book, Roosters I have known, collects interviews from the Sunday Star Times and there’s a mix of seriousness, satire and very droll humour. The cast list is extraordinary as it ranges from icons like Colin Meads to former Coronation Street actor Adam Rickitt, pornographer Steve Crow to Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker, Helen Clark to Chester Borrows, Cindy Kiro to John Tamihere.

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