"Some readers have commented that Pip's stories are very dark, grim even, but I don't really get that; I find their unsparing focus and refusal of the easy writer's refuges of caricature and moralising to be energising. I might be weird, but they cheer me up, and I'm delighted by this confirmation that there are other readers who feel the same way." Fergus Barrowman, Victoria University Press "Pip Adam is a major new literary voice. Her writing is elegant yet muscular; tough and yet beautifully crafted, shot through with a suppressed emotional charge which leaves her characters and settings lingering in your consciousness long after reading." Lara Strongman

Pip Adam's work has appeared in Sport, Glottis, Turbine, The Lumiere Reader, Hue & Cry, Landfall and Blackmail Press. She has also had work appear in publications produced in conjunction with two exhibitions at the City Gallery Wellington and her reviews have appeared in Metro.

Born in Christchurch, Pip moved to Auckland aged three and lived there until the age of 23, at which time she moved to Christchurch to go to the New Zealand Film and Television School. Pip lived in Christchurch for 6 years before a move to Dunedin to continue the degree she had stared in 1991. A final move was to Wellington to complete a Masters in Library and Information Studies at Victoria University. At library school Pip met her husband Brent McIntrye and she and Brent have lived in Wellington ever since. In 2006 Brent and Pip's daughter Tallulah was born and in 2007 Pip attended the Victoria University Institute of Modern Letters where she gained an MA in Creative Writing with Distinction.

Her first collection of short stories Everything We Hoped For was published by Victoria University Press in 2010 and won the 2011 NZSA Hubert Church Best First Book Award for Fiction. She published her first novel, I am working on a building, in 2013.

Pip completed her PhD Creative Writing at Victoria University in 2012. Her thesis asks the question: in what ways can the language of structural engineering inform, alter and enlarge the language of fiction? Pip's aim is to write our relationship with the built environment in ways that highlight the strangeness of surroundings that we normally take for granted in order to amplify what might usually be a muted aspect of fiction. She argues that ‘strangeness' is a useful term since it suggests something of the paradox of a large built form, that it is both manifestly solid and still but also basically a machine for balancing forces that are constantly in motion.

Pip is currently working at Massey University teaching Creative Writing and Creative Non Fiction. She completed a manuscript for a full-length work based on the creative component of her PhD which became her novel I am working on a building, published by Victoria University Press.

Pip is the recipient of an Arts Foundation New Generation Award (2012).

Words

By Pip Adam

A short story by Pip Adam
A short story by Pip Adam

Video

2013
Author Pip Adam talks about her novel 'Im Working on a Building'
2011
Pip Adam (Writer) was the recipient of one of three Arts Foundation New Generation Awards announced at the Macqaurie Private Wealth New Zealand Awards, on 2 October in the Cloud, Auckland.

Audio

2012
Ruth's experience of childbirth is like nothing she'd expected or hoped for. Read by Vanessa Rhodes. A reading from Radio New Zealand National - July 2012. (12′58″)
2012
A woman observes the process of her friend dying in hospital. Read by Madeline McNamara. A reading from Radio New Zealand National - July 2012
2010
Pip Adam continues New Zealand's fine tradition of disconcerting short story writing. She was the featured writer on the Arts on Sunday on Sunday 13 June 2010

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1970
Born, Christchurch New Zealand
1986-1999
Hairdresser, Auckland
2000
BA, Majoring in English, University of Otago
2001
Masters in Library and Information Studies, Victoria University of Wellington
2002
Adam Art Gallery, Chartwell Art Writing Award
2004
Runner-up Sunday Star Times Short Story Competition
2007
MA Creative Writing, Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University of Wellington; Institute of Modern Letters Project Scholarship
2010
Inside Outside Upside Down Fiction in Sparks Fly Upward: Writers respond to Ready to Roll, Wellington City Gallery;Mix and Mash - Judge and contributing writer
2011
Everything We Hoped For won NZSA Hubert Church Best First Book Award for Fiction; Three things: The hall, the photograph of the hall and the way the hall stands up. Fiction to accompany Andrew Ross's I Last Saw you Here exhibition, Wellington City Gallery;Mix and Mash - Judge and contributing writer
2012
PhD Creative Writing, Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University of Wellington; Hubert Church Best First Book Award for Fiction;Recipient - Arts Foundation New Generation Award
2013
                                                                         I am working on a building, published (VUP)