Kathleen Gallagher (New Zealand writer)
Gallagher was born in Christchurch, New Zealand. She started writing at age 18 after learning how few female playwrights there were,, and was writing plays for theatre by 1984. Gallagher has written and produced at least 15 plays, working with the Blue Ladder Theatre Group and the Women's Action Theatre Her plays have been performed both on stage and on radio, in New Zealand and in Australia. She also wrote poetry at the same time and has published three collections. Another New Zealand poet, Dame Fiona Kidman, described her work saying "the presentation of these poem is exquisite, the work itself is interesting and image laden, often delicate in style."
Gallagher is an advocate for peace, and has directed multiple documentaries on the environment, spirituality, and the peace movement. These include the documentary Peaceful Pacific, and the documentary Tau Te Mauri – Breath of Peace, which describes New Zealand's peace movement towards becoming nuclear-free. The film Seven Rivers Walking – Haere Mārire, which she co-directed with Galyene Barns, premiered at the 2017 NZ International Film Festival.
Gallagher has an ATCL in drama from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, a BA in history and religious studies from the University of Canterbury, and a Postgraduate Diploma in accounting from Victoria University of Wellington. She has worked as an accountant and has lectured accounting and taxation at the University of Auckland and Nelson Polytechnic.
World Peace Film and Music Festival – commended for He Oranga, He Oranga
Film and television
Jimmy Sullivan (2000) as director and writer
Tau Te Mauri – Breath of Peace (2004) as director and writer
Peaceful Pacific (2004) as director
He Oranga, He Oranga (2007) as director, writer and producer
Barefoot Peacemakers (2008) as producer
Earth Whisperers Papatuanuku (2009) as director, writer and producer
Water Whisperers Tangaroa (2010) as director, writer and producer
Sky Whisperers Ranganui (2011) as director, writer and producer
Nancy Wake: The White Mouse (2014) as executive producer
Hautu (2016) as director
Seven Rivers Walking – Haere Mārire (2017) as co-director
Plays and play collections
Mothertongue (1999), a collection of four plays: Mothertongue and Jacaranda (both written with Kate Winstanley), and Offspring and Banshee Reel (both written with Gen Rippingale)
Earthquakes & Butterflies (2018), an adaptation of her 2015 novel
Īnangahua Gold (2018), with drawings by Michael Coughlan
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- Gallagher, Kathleen; Winstanley, Kate; Rippingale, Gen (1999). Mothertongue : four plays of Women's Action Theatre. Publishing Giant Press. ISBN 0958358265.
- Gallagher, Kathleen (2002). Peace Plays. Doygal Press. ISBN 0473088088.
- Fletcher, Jack (21 Feb 2018). "Creative Conversations: Earthquake play a chance to process and talk about Christchurch's loss". Stuff. Retrieved 2019-09-10.
- Gallagher, Kathleen (2018). Īnangahua Gold. KingFisher Publishing. ISBN 9780473459451.