International Institute of Modern Letters

Writer in Residence

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About the Residency

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The Victoria University of Wellington / Creative New Zealand Writer in Residence appointment is jointly funded by Victoria University of Wellington and Creative New Zealand. It has been created to foster New Zealand writing by providing the appointee with the opportunity to write full-time within an academic environment for the period of tenure.

Applications are invited from writers in all areas of literary activity, including drama, fiction and poetry, New Zealand art, biography, history, music, society and culture, etc. Applicants should be authors of proven merit normally resident in New Zealand or New Zealanders currently resident overseas. There is no restriction on the occupation of applicants, but they should not be employees of Creative New Zealand or Victoria University, or have been employed by Victoria University in the twelve months prior to the closing date.

Applications for the 2017 appointment are now open, with an application deadline of 30 September 2016. A full role description and application is available on the Current Vacancies page of Victoria’s website (position reference 1133). Enquiries can also be directed to modernletters@vuw.ac.nz.

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Current Writer in Residence - Anne Kennedy

Image of our 2016 Writer in Residence Anne Kennedy. (Photographer: Susanna Burton)

The novelist, poet and filmwriter Anne Kennedy (a Victoria University graduate) is widely regarded as one of New Zealand's most original and gifted writers. She has twice been awarded New Zealand's top prize for poetry and her most recent novel, The Last Days of the National Costume, was a finalist in the 2014 New Zealand Post Book Awards. She has also written screenplays for New Zealand features and short films. Her work has been published internationally and she has taught at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, and the Manukau Institute of Technology, where she is editor of the literary journal Ika.

Anne plans to use the residency to work on a new novel set largely in Hawai’i, where she lived for ten years, that will speak to post-colonial situations and their aftermaths around the world, including Aotearoa.

Read more:

Auckland University Press author page

Allen and Unwin author page

Anne Kennedy's website

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Previous Writers

[Click on thumbnail image to view writer portrait. All portraits copyright Robert Cross.]

2015Tim Corballisimage to come
2014 Hinemoana BakerImage of Hinemoana Baker by Robert Cross
2013 Carl Shuker Carl Shuker
2012 Bernard Beckett Image of Bernard Becket by Robert Cross
2011Albert BelzAlbert Belz

2010

Jenny Bornholdt

Jenny Bornholdt

2009

Paula Boock

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2008

David Geary

David Geary

2007

Dave Armstrong

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2006

Bernadette Hall

Bernadette Hall

2005

Stephanie de Montalk

Stephanie de Montalk

2004

James Brown

James Brown

2003

Briar Grace-Smith

Briar Grace-Smith

2002

Chris Orsman

Chris Orsman

2001

Charlotte Randall

Charlotte Randall

2000

Damien Wilkins

Damien Wilkins

1999

Barbara Else

Barbara Else

1998

Lorae Parry

Lorae Parry

1997

Elizabeth Knox

Elizabeth Knox

1996

Jane Tolerton

Jane Tolerton

1995

Gregory O'Brien

Gregory OBrien

1994

Chris Pugsley

Chris Pugsley

1993

Jack Lasenby

Jack Lasenby

1992

Alistair Te Ariki Campbell

Alistair Te Ariki Campbell

1991

Barbara Anderson

Barbara Anderson

1990

Marilyn Duckworth

Marilyn Duckworth

1989

Maurice Gee

Maurice Gee

1988

Fiona Kidman

Fiona Kidman

1987

Lauris Edmond

Lauris Edmond

1986

Stevan Eldred-Grigg

Stevan Eldred-Grigg

1985

Patricia Grace

Patricia Grace

1984

Ian Wedde

Ian Wedde

1983

Michael King

Michael King

1982

Witi Ihimaera

Witi Ihimaera

1981

Vincent O'Sullivan

Vincent OSullivan

1980

Louis Johnson

Louis Johnson

1979

Joe Musaphia

Joe Musaphia