Tom Scott is one of New Zealand’s leading writers and illustrators. Famous for his weekly column and cartoon on politics for The Listener in the 1970’s and 1980’s, he has won numerous awards including the Qantas New Zealand Cartoonist of the Year (seven times) and Columnist of the Year and Political Columnist of the Year (three times). He has made a subsequent career writing plays and for television and film, and won scriptwriting awards for television shows Fallout and View from the Top. He also co-wrote the script for the film Footrot Flats: The Dog’s Tale with Murray Ball. His play The Daylight Atheist, about his father, has been a critical and commercial successes both sides of the Tasman. In 2006 Tom was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his service as a writer, journalist and illustrator.