Kirsty Gunn is professor of creative writing at the University of Dundee. She was educated at Victoria University, New Zealand, and is the author of five novels, the most recent of which is The Big Music, which was shortlisted for the James Tait Black and Impac Awards and was a Guardian Book of the Year and winner of the New Zealand Book of the Year. She has also published a collection of short stories and a collection of essays, fragments and stories.
Her new collection of short stories, Infidelities, is due out later this year; along with Thorndon, a book about identity and Katherine Mansfield. Her work has been made into films, theatre, dance and widely broadcast.
She has previously taught Creative Writing at Oxford University and at a number of writing seminars and schools. She lives in London and Scotland with her husband and two young daughters.