Navigator by Anne Moir

By Anne Moir | Posted: Tuesday September 5, 2017

NAVIGATOR, Annes first novel, was inspired by her experiences as a child during the post-World War Two era, when many men, including her father and uncles, were ex-servicemen.

Anne Moir was born and raised in Southland. In 1970 she moved to Dunedin to study music and English at the University of Otago, graduating with Mus.B. (Hons) and a B.A. She worked as a sales representative for a paperback distribution company and then as a civil servant. In her late thirties she retrained to embark on a twenty-five year nursing and psychotherapy career.

NAVIGATOR, Anne’s first novel, was inspired by her experiences as a child during the post-World War Two era, when many men, including her father and uncles, were ex-servicemen. Her work as a mental health nurse, and training in Gestalt Psychotherapy, helped to inform her interest in the effects of trauma and the likelihood that many returned servicemen suffered from undiagnosed PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

In 2013 a University of Otago summer school fiction writing course provided the stimulus for NAVIGATOR. Anne continued to work with the course tutor, Caroline Lark, and the result was a finished novel. In 2015 she was successful in an application for a completed manuscript assessment through the New Zealand Society of Authors programme, funded by Creative NZ.

Anne’s commitment to continued education has led to further academic qualifications: Dip.Ed. (Guidance Studies) (Massey University), Dip. Nursing (Otago Polytechnic), RCpN, Dip. of Gestalt Psychotherapy (GINZ), and a Post Graduate Certificate in Health Sciences (Child and Adolescent Mental Health) (Otago University). She has also developed skills in arts and crafts and in 1997 she took up the celtic harp and has played in public as a soloist and in groups.

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