Public speaking & mc'ing

According to family legend, when I was a toddler at my aunt's wedding I figured out that the bride was the centre of attention and spent the whole time trying to sit in her lap. I took drama through school and have always been a centre-stage sort of person, with years of public speaking experience.

In 2016 and 2018 I was asked to MC a session at LitCrawl (a combination pub crawl / literary festival), and in 2017 I was invited to give the Ghost of Honour speech at LexiCon (NZ's national sci-fi and fantasy convention). I regularly appear in the book critic slot on Jesse Mulligan's programme on RNZ National. In 2018 I chaired two sessions at NZ Festival Writers & Readers.

I am available to speak to a wide variety of audiences, on air and in person, and to MC events.

MCing one of the LitCrawl 2016 events. Photo credit: Jay Anderson

MCing one of the LitCrawl 2016 events. Photo credit: Jay Anderson

Elizabeth Heritage is a fount of knowledge on many matters literary, pertaining particularly to the local scene. She is an accomplished moderator of live sessions, and was very helpful focusing my content planning for my next festival.
— Mark Cubey, Manager, Writers & Readers, NZ Festival Te Taurima o Aotearoa
Elizabeth is a confident, intelligent and witty speaker, who can speak knowledgeably on a range of subjects. She has the stage presence to hold an audience on her own, but can also be a valuable, quick-thinking member of a panel discussion.
— Catherine Robertson, Chair, NZ Society of Authors Wellington branch
Elizabeth has excellent skills in presenting material in accessible and engaging ways. I’ve always been impressed by her clarity and style of presentation.
— Adrienne Jansen, Tutor, Whitireia Creative Writing Programme