Steeds, Bernard

Steeds, Bernard

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residence
Wellington

In Brief

Bernard Steeds is a short story writer. His first collection of stories, Water, was published in 2002. Nicola Salmond writes, ‘Author Bernard Steeds show[s] sensitivity, wisdom and a deft touch.’ He has worked extensively as a journalist and as political editor of the Evening Post. Steeds' short stories have appeared in anthologies and on National Radio, and he won the 1998 Sunday Star-Times Short Story Competition. In 2000 his story Ice was highly commended, again in the Sunday Star-Times competition.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Steeds, Bernard (1966 -) is a short story writer. His first collection of stories, Water ,was published in 2002.

Steeds was born in Levin. He moved to Wellington to attend Victoria University where he completed a Bachelor of Arts in History. He went on to complete a Diploma in Journalism at Canterbury University and postgraduate studies in communcations at Massey.

Steeds has worked as a journalist, public relations consultant, and as a contract researcher, writer and editor.

Steeds' short stories have appeared in various anthologies, including the 2009 Penguin Book of Contemporary New Zealand Short Stories. In 1998 Steeds' story The Sea As Past won the Sunday Star-Times Short Story Competition. In 2000 his story 'Ice' was highly commended in the Sunday Star-Times competition. Both of these stories are included in his collection Water.

Nicola Salmond writes 'what a wonderful surprise it is to pick up a first book of short stories from an author you’ve never heard of and find them to be an extraordinarily good author. Bernard Steeds show[s] sensitivity, wisdom and a deft touch.'

Writing about the collection in the Waikato Times Bryan Walker takes 'a quiet pleasure in the stories and the imaginative structures in which many are set. There were also arresting moments of recognition as the writer gives substance to human yearning and the sadness of loss.'

Bernard Steeds lives in Wellington with his partner, novelist Rebekah Palmer and their daughters Gwendoline and Ursula.

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Updated January 2017.