Murdoch Stephens from Wellington, author of Rat King Landlord
Murdoch Stephens is the author of Rat King Landlord novel and leader of the double the quota refugees campaign, which ended in success. He has published dozens of opinion editorials, academic articles and book chapters on New Zealand’s refugee quota and the country’s response to the refugee crisis. He recently completed a PhD focused on how four contemporary critical theorists have written of climate change. A version of that work was published as Critical Environmental Communication: How does critique respond to the urgency of climate change? in 2018 by Lexington. He is also the editor of Lawrence & Gibson publishing which has released two dozen books since he founded it with friends in 2005. He was born and raised in Waitepeka, South Otago and now flats in Wellington.
In this interview with speak with Murdoch about his recent book “Rat King Landlord”, about his 2005 book called On the conditions and possibilities of Helen Clark taking me as her Young Lover, and about his book hero Richard Meros.