Writer, filmmaker, essayist, anthologist and co-founder of the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival, Peter Wells was born in Auckland in 1950. The city remained his home until 2007, when he and design writer and curator Douglas Lloyd Jenkins bought and began to restore a 19th century villa in Napier. Wells is the author of two short story collections, three novels, and the Montana New Zealand Book Award winning memoir, Long Loop Home. Other literary awards Wells has won include the 1992 New Zealand Book Award for Fiction for his first story collection, Dangerous Desires, the 1999 Landfall Essay Prize and the 2009 Copyright Licensing Ltd Writers Award to complete a book of essays about disgraced Victorian missionary William Colenso. Wells was also runner-up for the 2004 Deutz Medal for Fiction for his novel Iridescence.