Rosetta Allan completed the Masters of Creative Writing at The University of Auckland with First Class Honours in 2017 and was awarded a Sir James Wallace Masters of Creative Writing Scholarship. Her bestseller, debut novel, Purgatory, was published in (2014). Allan was recently the first New Zealand writer in residence at the St Petersburg Art Residency in Russia. Her second novel The Unreliable People was released in May (2019) by Penguin Books. Currently, she is the Creative NZ/University of Waikato Writer in Residence.