Space to create
For eight years the Michael King Writer’s Centre in Devonport has provided a base for authors to produce written works of art.
This year the centre is looking for another resident to join the list of writers who have stayed in the house.
Auckland University’s English Department and Creative New Zealand are co-hosting the sixmonth residency. It allows a writer to spend July to December 2014 writing their project at the historic villa.
The writer also receives a $30,000 stipend and an office in the English Department.
Last year’s resident Eleanor Catton wrote the final draft of The Luminaries during her time there – the novel is now on the shortlist for the Man Booker Award.
Current resident Sarah Laing is hoping to finish the first draft of her graphic novel on the life of Katherine Mansfield.
The novel will be illustrated in watercolours and inks.
The mother of three says it has been good for her to work in her own space.
‘‘It’s great getting out of my normal working from home environment. I am shocked into thinking of things differently, into being more concentrated in my efforts, less distracted by the housework or the internet.’’
Writers applying must have a significant publishing record and be working on a specific project in any genre including fiction, poetry, drama and nonfiction. Scripts for television, film and radio are not taken. Applications
close on October 4.