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Gill Winter

New Plymouth, New Zealand


I grew up in New Zealand, and like many young Kiwis, my first thought once I had finished University was to do the 'Big OE' (overseas experience.) Over the next few years my husband Pete and I travelled to Europe and back, had two children and lived for three years in Denmark before finally settling down in NZ.

I then spent eleven years working as publicist and public programmes organiser at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, one of New Zealand’s premier contemporary art museums.

I left the art world in 1999 to create Flying Piglets, a touring agency for folk and blues musicians. During the next few years I also worked as marketing manager for the Lake Taupo and Taranaki Arts Festivals, helped on the family pig farm and was a regular volunteer for Trade Aid, New Zealand’s largest Fair Trade organisation.

In 2009, I wound up Flying Piglets and completed a CELTA course in teaching English as a second language. In 2010, I answered an advertisement on the Jobs page of Dave’s ESL Café website for volunteer teachers to work at Tibet Charity in McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, India.

In 2011 I published my first book, "Between Monks and Monkeys", describing my experiences in India. I returned to Dharamshala for my second three-month teaching stint at Tibet Charity in March 2012, and published a sequel to "Between Monks and Monkeys, entitled "The Yeti in the Library", in March 2013.

Interests: Travelling, teaching English, Tibet, India, Tibetan Buddhism (beginner..), music, learning more about writing.

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: No


Published works:


  • The Yeti in the library
  • Between Monks and Monkeys