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Michael Upchurch, Te Papa Press

By September 13, 2021No Comments

Name: Michael Upchurch
Role: Associate Publisher
Company: Te Papa Press

My first job in publishing was: Contracts assistant at Egmont Children’s Books in London, unless you count working at Blackwell’s bookshop on the university campus … a long time ago now.

I’m currently reading: A brilliant new manuscript on the whale traditions of Māori. Away from work though, The Book of Dust — I’m late to Philip Pullman. I’ve also recently become a collector of houseplants, so Plantopedia is always open.

My biggest career highlight in publishing has been: Returning to Te Papa Press in January. It was a roundabout route of four years in the UK followed by a mid-career post-grad in museums and heritage practice at Victoria University last year. I feel incredibly fortunate to be here right now, in a great environment, surrounded by talented colleagues and a mixture of familiar and new faces.