Space to cre­ate

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.

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