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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 typically open mid-year and close late September for the following year's appointment. A full role description and application will be made available on the Current Vacancies page of Victoria’s website when applications open for the 2017 position. Enquiries can also be directed to email@example.com.
Tim has an MA in Creative Writing from Victoria; winning the Adam Foundation Prize in 2000 for his MA thesis which became his first novel, Below (Victoria University Press, 2001). His subsequent novels Measurement (2002) and The Fossil Pits (2005) were also published by VUP.
Tim held the Randall Cottage Writers' Residency in 2003 and the Creative New Zealand Berlin Writers' Residency in 2005-6. He recently completed a PhD at the University of Auckland on aesthetic theory in the context of the Antipodes, and he sees this theoretical work as closely informing all of his creative practice.
His latest book, a pair of novellas entitled R.H.I., was published by VUP in 2015.
During his time in residence, Tim will work mainly on a work of speculative fiction.
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.
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