Susy Pointon was born in Wellington, New Zealand and studied fine arts at Elam School of Fine Arts in Auckland where she majored in film-making. In 1975 she won a Fellowship in Directing and Screenwriting at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles and went on to become a screenwriter in residence at the Australian Film and TV School. Since then she has followed a parallel career in film-making and creative writing in the USA, Australia and New Zealand, winning numerous awards for her documentaries and stories. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Ohio University and a PhD in Film History from the University of Auckland. In 2004 she relocated to the Hokianga Harbour in New Zealand's sub tropical Far North where she writes, makes documentaries, teaches creative writing and sustains an organic farm she calls The Peaceable Kingdom.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Initially the roosters, then the thought of good coffee, then the hopeful and expectant faces of the menagerie of birds and animals waiting outside for their breakfast. Then the beauty of the landscape around me and the sense of time passing and wanting to get down all those stories that are swirling in my head.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Teaching writing and trying to prevent my 10 acre property from reverting back to impenetrable jungle.