Dana Wensley was the PEN (NZ) representative for freedom of speech in New Zealand until March 2020.
She has a PhD in medical law and ethics from King’s College, London, and a postgraduate diploma in writing from the School for Writers, Humber College, Toronto. She has been a Research Fellow at the University of Otago, an assistant editor of the Bulletin of Medical Ethics in London, and a member of the Guelph Mercury Community Editorial Board in Canada.
Dana’s work is published in academic journals, and as book chapters, commissioned reports, and columns for newspapers in New Zealand and Canada. She writes on issues touching on the intersection of law, society, politics and morality. Her opinion pieces have been published in the New Zealand Herald, the Otago Daily Times, the Guelph Mercury, and the Winnipeg Free Press. She currently writes a bimonthly column for the New Zealand Author and a fortnightly piece on PEN for the New Zealand Society of Authors ‘E-news’.
While her main focus is on academic/ non-fiction writing, Dana’s short story writing has appeared at the Eden Mills Fringe Festival in Canada, and in 2014 she received a mentorship from NZSA to help with completing her novel.
Dana presented the Top Writers radio show on Fresh FM during 2016. She was interviewed about the work of PEN (NZ) on the show in October 2020 - listen here to this interview.