Ava Fairhall





Ava Fairhall teaches Narrative Studies for the Bachelor of Animation and has also taught 3D animation and modelling for the Diploma of Animation. She has published a couple of short stories and has designed maps that are published in books for two local fiction authors, Eileen Mueller and Denika Mead. Currently, she is in the final stages of publishing her own fantasy novel. Her interests are diverse, from writing fiction, world building, and roleplaying, to baking bread, biscuits, fudge and muffins, bush walks, sketching, DIY, gardening, medieval history…. Mostly, she loves learning and getting smarter every day or taking a crash course in an interesting topic, be that in designing worlds and characters, or learning about science or history, and then incorporating those ideas into crafting a story.


Academic Qualifications

Diploma in Animation (Advanced)

Natcoll, Wellington, New Zealand, 2010


Diploma in Multimedia (Animation, 3D Modelling, Film, Web Design)

Natcoll, Wellington, New Zealand, 2004


New Zealand Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education

Manukau Institute of Technology, New Zealand, 2016


New Zealand Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Teaching

Open Polytech, New Zealand, 2015






Research Outputs



Fairhall, A. (2018). Touching the edge. In H. Lisle (Ed.), It happened in a flash: An anthology of 64 bite-sized stories. Independent Bookworm. ISBN-13: 978-3956811265

Fairhall, A. (2016). Violet orbs and a chiselled jaw. In H. Lisle (Ed.), It came from beneath the slush pile: 20 kinds of stupid; An anthology of idiot heroes and ridiculous heroines. ASIN: B01MCYK3F7


Creative Works

Fairhall, A. (Illust.). (2021). In D. Mead, The last kingdom. Independent. ISBN-13 978-0-473-59092-5

Fairhall, A. (Illust.). (2021). In E. Mueller, Riders of fire: Fantasy dragon rider adventures book series 1-6. Phantom Feather Press. ASIN: B095RJ2J6K

Fairhall, A. (Illust.). (2020). In K. Berry, Quake city investigations book series 1-3. Quake City Publications. ISBN-13 978-0-473-51534-8

Fairhall, A. (Illust.). (2020). In D. Mead, Royal orchid: The ghost warriors. Independent. ISBN-13 978-0-473-54526-0

Fairhall, A. (Illus.). (2019). In D. Mead, Royal orchid: The death-hunters. Independent. ISBN-13: ‎978-1702644631



Fairhall, A. (2023, October 25-27). Fantasy map making: Charting retro-futuristic visions [Conference paper presentation]. Retro-futuristic Visions: Looking Back to Look Forward. The 2nd International Academic Conference of Yoobee College of Creative Innovation, Wellington, New Zealand.

Fairhall, A. (2022, September 13–14). Monster hunter: How heroes change the lives of ordinary folk [Conference paper presentation]. See and Be Seen: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Storytelling and Identity in Popular Culture, Popular Culture Research Centre, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand (Online).


Public Talks

Fairhall, A. (2019, June 1). Mapping fantasy worlds [Public presentation]. GeyserCon: New Zealand’s 40th National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, Rotorua, New Zealand.




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