Otago Daily Times

Univer­sity of Otago fel­low­ships named

- JOHN GIBB john.gibb@odt.co.nz Arts · Dance · College · Higher Education · University of Otago · Otago · West Coast · New Zealand · Aue · Christchurch · Dunedin · Waimangaroa

AWARD­WIN­NING nov­el­ist and West Coast news­pa­per re­porter Becky Manawatu has been named as next year’s Univer­sity of Otago Burns Fel­low.

The univer­sity also an­nounced that next year’s Caro­line Plum­mer Fel­low in Com­mu­nity Dance is Lucy Marinkovic­h, and Heather McQuil­lan is the Univer­sity of Otago Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion Cre­ative New Zealand Chil­dren’s Writer in Res­i­dence.

This year’s Frances Hodgkins Fel­low, Brid­get Reweti, and Mozart Fel­low, Ken­neth Young, have both re­ceived fel­low­ships for a sec­ond year.

Otago hu­man­i­ties divi­sion pro­vicechan­cel­lor Prof Tony Bal­lan­tyne said next year’s re­cip­i­ents in­cluded award­win­ning writ­ers and artists tack­ling chal­leng­ing so­cial is­sues; com­posers cre­at­ing soar­ing op­eras, and dancers work­ing with the com­mu­nity.

Burns Fel­low Ms Manawatu lives in Waiman­garoa, and is a re­porter at the West­port News.

Her first novel, Aue, won the Jann Medli­cott Acorn Prize for fic­tion and this year won the Hu­bert Church Prize for best first book of fic­tion.

Her work dealt with gritty so­cial is­sues with an au­then­tic voice, a univer­sity spokesman said.

She said she wanted to use the time to learn, grow and de­velop some in­tel­li­gence and un­der­stand­ing, she said.

Caro­line Plum­mer Fel­low­ship in Com­mu­nity Dance re­cip­i­ent Lucy Marinkovic­h is a Wellington­based free­lance dance artist, chore­og­ra­pher, ed­u­ca­tor, prac­ti­tioner and per­former.

Through her planned work, InMo­tion: Dancing with Parkin­son’s, she aimed to de­liver dance classes to peo­ple liv­ing with Parkin­son’s dis­ease.

She aimed to use dance to sup­port the Parkin­son’s com­mu­nity and help in­di­vid­ual peo­ple feel con­fi­dent and pos­i­tive about their bod­ies, she said.

Ms McQuil­lan, an award­win­ning chil­dren’s writer, said her se­lec­tion for the fel­low­ship was an in­cred­i­ble boost.

Ms McQuil­lan lives in Christchur­ch, where she is the di­rec­tor at Write On School for Young Writ­ers. She will take up the res­i­dency in the Robert Lord Cot­tage in North Dunedin.

Ms Reweti will con­tinue her Frances Hodgkins Fel­low­ship next year with projects on his­tory and in­dige­nous en­gage­ment with the land.

Her work in­cluded pho­tog­ra­phy and mov­ing im­ages and em­braces early me­dia such as the cam­era ob­scura, and hav­ing the fel­low­ship would al­low her work to de­velop fur­ther, she said.

Mr Young, a dis­tin­guished com­poser and mu­si­cian, said he was two­thirds of the way through writ­ing a cham­ber opera, which will then be fol­lowed by a song cy­cle and a string quar­tet.

He is work­ing on an­other opera for so­prano Anna Leese, among a se­ries of works en­vis­aged for com­ple­tion dur­ing his ten­ure as Mozart Fel­low.

 ??  ?? Becky Manawatu
Becky Manawatu
 ??  ?? Heather McQuil­lan
Heather McQuil­lan
 ??  ?? Brid­get Reweti
Brid­get Reweti
 ??  ?? Ken­neth Young
Ken­neth Young
 ??  ?? Lucy Marinkovic­h
Lucy Marinkovic­h

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