Moira Taylor (née Hall) was born in New Zealand and has lived in London since 1981. She graduated from the University of Canterbury with a BA and post-graduate Diploma in Journalism, working for a time on the Christchurch Star newspaper before coming to England on a travel scholarship in journalism.
She worked for the New Zealand Press Association in London, has reviewed books for Radio New Zealand and written articles for The New Zealand Listener.
Her radio documentary, Her Bright Image: Impressions of Katherine Mansfield, was rebroadcast as part of New Zealand’s KM 130 commemoration in 2019.
In 1995 she was appointed the first Textbook Development Editor for the UK academic publisher Routledge and remained a Senior Development Editor until 2011.
She recently contributed to The Collected Letters of Katherine Mansfield from Edinburgh University Press (eds Claire Davison and Gerri Kimber, 2020).
Moira Taylor is the great-great-granddaughter of Captain George Hall, who escaped from France in 1810 and the great-granddaughter of Captain Thomas Williamson Hall, who settled as a pastoralist in Timaru, New Zealand.