Writer in Residence

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 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 2018 position. Enquiries can also be directed to modernletters@vuw.ac.nz.

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.

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