Author(s): Karen Zelas
Minnie Dean: the first - and only - woman to be hanged in New Zealand. Baby farmer and child murderer, or hardworking wife and mother, supporting her family by caring for unwanted children in a society that shunned her? Karen Zelas explores the trials of Minnie Dean using a myriad of voices, including Dean's own, from her childhood in Scotland to the gallows in Invercargill, 1895.
Karen Zelas is a Christchurch writer and editor. She commenced writing full-time in 2006, following a career in psychiatry and psychotherapy. Karen is the author of a novel and three poetry collections, with her verse play Geography of Loss performed in 2014, and her poetry winning places in several competitions in New Zealand and Australia. She is an editor of takahe literary and arts magazine and has recently started a small press, Pukeko Publications.