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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 (subject to annual confirmation). 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.
Carl Shuker is a graduate of the 2001 MA in Creative Writing. His first novel, The Method Actors, began life there as his master's thesis, and was published by Counterpoint in 2005 and awarded the Prize in Modern Letters in 2006. His second novel, the cult classic The Lazy Boys, was published by Counterpoint in 2006 and Penguin NZ in 2007. Three Novellas for a Novel was published in limited edition online in 2008 and in 2013 he published his fourth novel, Anti Lebanon.
After many years in Tokyo and London, he has returned to Wellington with his wife, poet and academic Anna Smaill, and his daughter Lotte, to take up the writer in residence position at Victoria.
[Click on thumbnail image to view writer portrait. All portraits copyright Robert Cross.]