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 - Victor Rodger

Victor Rodger is a critically acclaimed playwright of Samoan and Scottish descent. His writing often deals with issues of sexuality, race and identity and has been praised for its boldness, candour and freshness.

His first play, Sons, won Best New Play and Best Writer at the 1998 Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards. He also received the 2001 Bruce Mason Playwriting Award. Recent plays include At the Wake (2012), Black Faggot (2013), and Club Paradiso (2015). A collection of his work, Black Faggot and Other Plays is forthcoming from Victoria University Press in April 2017.

Mr Rodger is the first writer of Samoan descent to be awarded the Victoria University Writer in Residence.He has previously been the Robert Burns Fellow at Otago University, the McMillan Brown Artist in Residence at Canterbury University, and he was the 2006 Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Writer in Residence at the University of Hawaii.

He trained as an actor at Toi Whakaari and has worked as a journalist and a writer for television.

Mr Rodger plans to use the residency to work on short stories as well as plays.

Read more

Victor Rodger's website

Playmarket profile

New Zealand Book Council writer profile

Previous writers

2016 Anne Kennedy (image to come)