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I am passionate about teaching and writing and employ an eclectic approach to both. I have taught in New Zealand and overseas in a variety of contexts and subjects: English, ESOL, Academic Skills, Business Communication, and Curriculum Development. My novels cover a range of genres and all have been internationally published. In non-fiction, I write for both academic and general audiences.
My research interests include:
History and fiction
Colonialism and postcolonialism: New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Australia
Remarkable women in history
PhD in Creative Writing, Auckland University of Technology
Masters: Second Language Teaching, Massey University
Diploma in Teaching, Auckland College of Education
Bachelor of Arts: English Major, University of Cape Town
Bell, Z (2014). Fools’ Gold. Choclit: UK, USA, Canada, Australia, NZ
Bell, Z (2013). Close to the Wind. Choclit: UK, USA, Canada, Australia, NZ
Bell, Z (2011). A Risk Worth Taking. Harlequin Super: USA, Canada, Aus, NZ, France, Netherlands
Bell, Z (2010). Tempting the Negotiator. Harlequin, Super: USA, Canada, France, Australia, NZ
Bell, Z (2008). Forbidden Frontier. Mira, Australia: Australia and NZ
Bell, Z (1996). Tides of Time. Scholastic: New Zealand and Australia
Short Stories: (Selected)
Bell, Z (2019). Unravelling in Horizons 4: New Zealand Society of Authors.
Bell, Z. (2000) Stairway to Paradise. National Radio: January.
Bell, Z. (1999) Genesis to Revelation. Takahe: September
Bell, Z. (1998) Class Act. National Radio: January & April
Bell, Z. (1996). The Pool. Landfall: November
Bell, Z. (2016) Embossed in the Land: psychogeographical history of Whangarei Heads. Refereed conference papers of the 20th Annual Australasian Academic Writing Programmes Conference http://www.aawp.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Bell2-1.pdf
Bell, Z (2016) Biding with ghosts: listening to silences: Settler women in Rhodesia: Refereed conference papers of the 20th Annual Australasian Academic Writing Programmes
Bell, Z. (2015) A Personal Take on the PhD in NZSA Author: June
Bell, Z. (2012) Time Travel in Ephesus in M2Woman (NZ, Australia): May
Bell, Z. (2012) History of NZ Cuisine in Financial Gazette (Zimbabwe): May
Bell, Z. (2010) The Firebrand Minister of Waipu in History Scotland, (Scotland): September
Conferences (Selected and Recent)
Bell, Z. (2019) Can White Write Black? Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (ACLALS) The Uncommon Commonwealth Conference 15-19 July
Bell, Z. (2019). The joy of writing: going with Flow: Romance Writers of New Zealand (RWNZ) Love and Other Journeys: 22-25 August
Bell, Z. (2019). Pursuing the Craft: New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) Northwrite: Expanding Horizons: 30 Aug-1Sept.
Bell, Z. (2019) That bloody plague: living the horror of the 1918 influenza epidemic. Australian and New Zealand Society for the History of Medicine (ANZSHM) Beyond Borders: health and medicine in historical context:3-7 December
2015 RWNZ Koru Award for Long Fiction
2014 Vice Chancellor Scholarship
2010 Teacher of Excellence Award, NorthTec
2010 Cataromance Reviewers Award
2008 Single Titles 10 Best Books of 2008
2006 NZ Society of Authors (PEN) Mentor Scheme
2002 Oral History Award, Australian Sesquicentennial Gift Trust
2000 Creative New Zealand Grant for Writing