Trish Harris writes non-fiction and poetry and has recently taught non-fiction on the Whitireia Creative Writing Programme. Her memoir, ‘The Walking Stick Tree’, includes four personal essays and her poetry collection, ‘My wide white bed’, comes from journals kept during a long hospital stay. ‘The Dance of Identity’ essay in her memoir explores the evolving experience of identifying as disabled. She is co-founder of Crip the Lit and edited their recent pocketbook, ‘Here we are, read us: Women, disability and writing’. She likes to say she is a part-time crane operator.