Writer in Residence

The Writer in Residence is an annual appointment to foster New Zealand writing, with support from Creative New Zealand.

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 2020 position. Enquiries can also be directed to modernletters@vuw.ac.nz.

Current Writer in Residence - Dylan Horrocks

2018 Writer in Residence Dylan Horrocks. (Credit: Grant Maiden Photography)

Dylan Horrocks is the author of the graphic novels Hicksville, Sam Zabel & the Magic Pen and Incomplete Works and the comic book series Pickle and Atlas. He has written Hunter: the Age of Magic for Vertigo and Batgirl for DC Comics, and his stories and cartoons have appeared in magazines and books around the world, with translations into French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Danish, Polish and Korean.

Hicksville was ranked #12 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 50 Best Non-Superhero Graphic Novels of All Time.

He  has won a Will Eisner Comics Industry Award, a Sir Julius Vogel Award and a New Zealand Arts Foundation Laureate. He is the first graphic novelist to be awarded the Residency at Victoria.

Dylan will use his time at Victoria's International Institute of Modern Letters to work on his next book: a graphic novel about playing Dungeons & Dragons.

Read more

Dylan Horrocks' website

Victoria University Press author page

Arts Foundation profile

Previous writers

All images are © Robert Cross