Falstaff Dowling-Mitchell

Author of White Lies, Māori Legends, and Fairytales

Falstaff is from Aotearoa/New Zealand. He is thirty-four years old and grew up in Huntly with his mum, dad, and five younger siblings. He used to spend the weekends at the brickworks, flying down the sand hills with his mate Tony, or playing Ninja Turtle gangs with his brothers and sister by the nearby lake.

In 2011 he completed a Bachelor of Primary School Teaching at Waikato University.

These days he spends some of his time teaching at Te Kura o Noera, and some of his time touring nationally and internationally as an actor, performing in a range of theatrical productions over the years. 
In 2018/19 he completed a course in Tikanga Māori through Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

Although this is his first novel, Falstaff has written a number of screenplays, winning awards at two international film festivals for his work in 2017 and in 2019.

He has always enjoyed playing sports, alternating between soccer and rugby throughout his high school years. In 2014, after training for a year, he and Aaron Ellis broke the world record on an indoor rowing machine for ‘Longest Continual Row’, which still stands today. Beat it if you can! 

At the moment Falstaff lives in Hamilton with his partner Melinda and their dog. He loves hanging out with mates, watching movies, reading books, cheering on The Warriors, and going to the gym. He has thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of writing a novel and is more than happy to answer questions about it if you have any. You can contact him at fdowlingmitchell@gmail.com

White Lies, Māori Legends and Fairytales

A story about a boy with the dream of becoming an All Black and the hope that his people will not get shoved aside in an ever-changing Aotearoa.