Peter Wells, writer and filmmaker who gave literary voice to gay and lesbian New Zealanders, dies aged 69

Celebrated New Zealand novelist, filmmaker and playwright, Peter Wells, has died aged 69.

Wells was known for writing New Zealand's first gay-themed work, Dangerous Desires, in 1991 - giving a literary voice to gay and lesbian New Zealanders.

The award winning writer also co-founded New Zealand's most successful book festival - The Auckland Writers Festival.

In 2006, he was made a Member of the Order of New Zealand.

In a Facebook post, the Auckland Writers Festival said, "We are so sad to lose Peter Wells, co-founder of the Auckland Writers Festival, long-time trustee and writing luminary.

"Our thoughts go out to Peter's husband Douglas Lloyd Jenkins and his family. Go well dear friend, we will miss you," the post says.

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Wells wrote New Zealand’s first gay-themed work Dangerous Desires, in 1991. Source: 1 NEWS