Hannah Tunnicliffe on Creativity

Hannah Tunnicliffe
Author | Mother |  Body Liberation Spokesperson
Profile: revolutioncreative.co.nz/user/344/
Third book, out now: A French Wedding


Describe your discipline/s

I am an author. I write adult fiction, kids fiction and picture books. I also write posts for blogs and other social media platforms.

What do you appreciate most about your work?

The opportunity to be creative, explorative, contemplative and self-directed! I love my work. I love putting something new and tangible out into the world. The only aspects I really miss from my previous life / career (I worked as the Director of Human Resources for a large organisation) are collaboration and teamwork. I love people and I love working together towards a common goal and then sharing the celebration when the goal is achieved.

What’s your idea of happiness?

Health, love, family and work that fills me up. Also a cup of tea and a great book. Or when my kids sleep through the night.

What’s your definition of Creativity?

Exploring your inner world using things from the outer world.

Explain the importance of creativity to an alien…

“It’s what makes us human. It makes us feel good. Here, you try it*”
*passes over a pen / guitar / camera / paintbrush

What’s your favourite example of creativity in business…

As a storyteller I am always interested in the narratives behind products and services. Not just how a product or service came to be but why. In my view, business and creativity absolutely require each other.

Who are your favourite creatives?

How long have you got? I’ll narrow it down to some of my favourite kiwi creatives – Patricia Grace, Madeleine Sami, Taika Waititi, Lynley Dodd, Charlotte Penman, Bic Runga and Nick Herd.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

Eat breakfast. Seriously! Also, don’t wait until all your doubts are gone. That never happens. Just start.