Nic Low (Ngāi Tahu) is a writer and arts organiser with interests in landscape, technology, power, satire and race. He whakapapas to Murihiku at the bottom of Te Waipounamu, and is Programme Co-director of the WORD Christchurch Festival. His fiction and non-fiction has been widely published and anthologised on both sides of the Tasman. His first book, Arms Race, a collection of mischievous short stories, was shortlisted for two major Australian prizes, and named a Listener and Australian Book Review Book of the year. His latest, Uprising, a Ngāi Tahu history of the Southern Alps told through walking journeys, received the CLNZ Writers Award. Until recently Nic regularly taught creative writing at Melbourne’s Swinburne University of Technology, and has previously been a judge for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.