Deborah Shepard has written a blog about her time at the Michael King Writers' Centre during autumn this year. Her blog includes an extract from her journal Writing Your Heart Out.
The Michael King Writers' Centre is Aotearoa New Zealand’s first national writers’ facility and literary centre. We support New Zealand writers and promote the development of high-quality New Zealand writing.
The centre is based in the historic Signalman's House on the slopes of Takarunga Mt Victoria in Devonport, Auckland.
We have a programme of supported residencies for New Zealand authors and low-cost accommodation for visiting writers. We also offer specialist workshops and occasional literary events. We are building a collection of resources for writers, both on-line and in the centre’s library.
Our current writer-in-residence is the talented Sarah Laing, who is working on a graphic novel, part-memoir, part-biography, about Katherine Mansfield. She holds the six-month University of Auckland residency.
Judith Bryers Holloway recently held the Maori Writer's Residency, supported by Te Waka Toi. In May and June, we had our first international supported residency, the Rewi Alley Fellowship, which was held by Huo Yan from Beijing. This fellowship was offered with the support of the NZ China Friendship Society.
Musician, composer, song writer and lyricist Don McGlashan held the Summer Residency earlier in the year. Deborah Shepard held the Autumn Residency and Sarah Laing has been selected for the six-month fellowship offered in partnership with The University of Auckland.
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The centre is run by a charitable trust registered with the Charities Commission.
Donations are welcome.
Right: View of the MKWC from the Waitemata harbour (photo by Sue Perkins)
This web site was initially developed with the support the ASB Community Trust and has been upgraded with the support of Creative New Zealand.
Wesley College student Bayley Johansson has won the 2013 Cape Catley Poetry Prize for her poem Colonization. The competition was run as part of this year's Young Writers Programme, which is supported by Creative New Zealand. The winning and highly-commended poems can be found here and will be published later in the year in Signals, our literary journal for young writers.
CONGRATULATIONS ELEANOR CATTON who has won the Man Booker Prize for her novel The Luminaries. What a great achievement. More comments here. Eleanor has written about her time at the Michael King Writers' Centre and about the importance of residencies for writers. This item includes links to international media coverage about the Man Booker Prize.
Michael King Writers' Centre trustee Peter Simpson has been appointed a judge for the 2014 NZ Post Book Awards and Barbara Else, who has been a visiting writer at the centre, is the chief judge of the Children's Awards.
Congratulations to Devonport poet Michele Leggott, former Michael King Writers' Centre Martin Edmond and to Owen Marshall for being awarded the Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement. More great news for NZ writers.
More accolades for Eleanor Catton. She has won the Canadian Covernor General's Literary Award. Details here.
- Three novels and an enigma - 2014 writers' residencies announced
- Eleanor Catton wins the 2013 Man Booker Prize
- Sarah Laing in conversation with Bianca Zander and Sue Orr
28 November 2013 - 7.30 pm for 8 pm
- Always My Sister
06 November 2013 - 5.30 pm