Karen Wrigglesworth is a Wanganui-based writer of non-fiction, short stories, plays and long-form fiction. She has a degree in mechanical engineering, and enjoys writing stories about technical subjects for adults and children. Karen’s writing has been published in New Zealand and overseas, and she has won a number of awards for her work. Karen was a Winter Writer in Residence at NZ Pacific Studio in 2015.
Karen's ANZAC Bridge Fellowship project considers why we choose to build memorials to those we love, and explores the different forms these memorials take. After WWI, there was considerable debate in New Zealand around whether it was ‘better’ for memorials for fallen soldiers to be symbolic or useful. At Kaiparoro, the ANZAC Memorial Bridge is, unusually, both of these. By comparison, memorials at nearby Eketahuna and Nireaha are practical, while elsewhere in the Tararua District, the ubiquitous cenotaph is more common.
"During my time at Kaiparoro, I am interested in engaging with people about their preferences for practical or symbolic memorials, and I also want to explore the ways we would each prefer to be memorialised ourselves."