Auckland-based author Anne Kayes originally taught English and Drama in secondary schools. In 2014, she completed a Master of Creative Writing at AUT. She won the 2016 Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award with Tūī Street Tales, (Scholastic), a collection of inter-linked stories for 8-12-year-olds. The sequel, Tūī Street Heroes, (Wildling Books), received a 2020 Storylines Notable Book Award.
In 2021, Anne published her first Young Adult novel, In Our Own Back Yard, (Bateman Publishing).
After combining tertiary teaching and writing for many years, Anne now divides her time between writing and author visits to schools. She runs writing workshops for students and teachers.