Martin Edmond was born and grew up in the remote mountain village of Ohakune in New Zealand’s King Country. After university study, he joined travelling players Red Mole, touring extensively and internationally in the 1970s. He spent another five years working as a lighting designer for rock ‘n’ roll bands. Since 1981 he has lived in Sydney, working as an author and a screenwriter. Edmond has written the feature films Illustrious Energy (1988), Terra Nova (1998) and 33 Postcards (2011). His books include The Autobiography of my Father (1992); The Resurrection of Philip Clairmont (1999); Chronicle of the Unsung (2004), which won the Biography category at the 2005 Montana Book Awards; Luca Antara (2006), Waimarino County (2007), The Supply Party and Zone of the Marvellous (both 2009), and Dark Night – Walking with McCahon (2011), which was shortlisted for the 2013 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. In 2013 Martin Edmond completed a Doctorate of Creative Arts at the University of Western Sydney, which was published as Battarbee and Namatjira by Giramondo in 2014. He won New Zealand Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in Non-fiction in 2013 and was awarded the Michael King Fellowship in 2015.