Bronwyn Elsmore

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When Bronwyn was about ten, she wrote to Author Enid Blyton telling her she was going to be a writer too. She kept to her plan and that’s been her occupation since – she admits it’s a fair while now.

Over that time she has been an advertising copywriter, freelancer, contract writer, editor, education writer, playwright, writing mentor and tutor, and an academic writer during the years she was also an academic. She has won awards for several forms of writing - particularly short stories and plays.

Of the genres she has written – fiction, non-fiction, radio stories, articles, humour, books, short stories, plays, novels – she now most enjoys writing fiction. Short stories have always been a favourite, but currently she is having a renewed love

Average rating: 4.3 · 112 ratings · 54 reviews · 11 distinct worksSimilar authors
Every Five Minutes

4.18 avg rating — 55 ratings — published 2012 — 4 editions
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Seventeen Seas

4.20 avg rating — 15 ratings — published 2012 — 3 editions
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Backwards Into The Future

4.43 avg rating — 14 ratings — published 2015 — 2 editions
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These Islands Here: Short S...

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Te Kohititanga Marama

4.60 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 1998
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Mana from Heaven: A Century...

4.40 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 1999 — 3 editions
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Like Them That Dream

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Religio Nz: A Guide To Reli...

4.50 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 2006
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Southern Edge : new writers...

it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 3 ratings — published 2006
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"Tales of the South Pacific... short stories for all

Ever since reading Michener’s Tales of the South Pacific, visiting the Islands has been a bucket list item. Bronwyn Elsmore captures the history, culture , and melding of two cultures — the origin..." Read more of this review »
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"I had no idea what to expect from this book but it did not disappoint me. It was a beautiful story, and I warmed to both of the main characters."
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