In the rise of mist from the estuary and the fall of rain, in the movements of the incoming and outgoing tides, I see a reflection of the deepest mystery and most sustaining pattern in all of life: that of arrival and departure, of death and regeneration - Michael King Being Pakeha Now.
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.
The centre usually has four supported writers' residencies each year and 30 New Zealand writers have held residencies at the centre since it opened. Between 25 and 30 visiting writers stay each year.
Sign up for our quarterly newsletter for information about residencies, workshops and activities.
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.
New Zealanders at War: Writing War is the topic for this year's Michael King Writers' Centre residential workshop. It will be a high-level, intensive workshop for experienced writers and will feature New Zealand's leading historians and writers. It will be held at Vaughan Park, Long Bay, Auckland over Labour weekend. Applications are now open. Places will be limited. Details can be found here.
Our current writer in residence is Mere Whaanga, who holds the Maori Writer's Residency until early July. There will be a powhiri to welcome her on Thursday July 2, from 7 pm, at the Devonport Library. All welcome.
Signals, the literary journal for writers from our Young Writers Programme, is on sale through the Michael King Writers' Centre at $10 per copy, including post. Email to place your order. Here's Cecilia Xu reading her poem from the book "When I say I want to get to know you, I really mean this" .
The four writers selected for our 2015 residencies have been announced. Details here.
- June 2015 newsletter from MKWC
- Annual report 2014-15
- In Conversation: Kevin Ireland and Peter Bland
26 July 2015 - 4 pm
02 July 2015 - 7-9 pm
- Matariki afternoon tea with Patricia Grace
17 June 2015 - 3 pm
- In Conversation: Roger Hall and Arthur Meek
24 May 2015 - 4 pm