In the rise of mist from the estuary and the fall of rain, in the movements of the incoming and outgoing tides, I see a reflection of the deepest mystery and most sustaining pattern in all of life: that of arrival and departure, of death and regeneration - Michael King Being Pakeha Now.
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The Michael King Writers' Centre is Aotearoa New Zealand’s first national writers’ facility and literary centre. We support New Zealand writers and promote the development of high-quality New Zealand writing.
The centre is based in the historic Signalman's House on the slopes of Takarunga Mt Victoria in Devonport, Auckland.
We have a programme of supported residencies for New Zealand authors and low-cost accommodation for visiting writers. We also offer specialist workshops and occasional literary events. We are building a collection of resources for writers, both on-line and in the centre’s library.
The centre usually has four supported writers' residencies each year and 30 New Zealand writers have held residencies at the centre since it opened. Between 25 and 30 visiting writers stay each year.
Sign up for our quarterly newsletter for information about residencies, workshops and activities.
The centre is run by a charitable trust registered with the Charities Commission.
Donations are welcome.
Right: View of the MKWC from the Waitemata harbour (photo by Sue Perkins)
This web site was initially developed with the support the ASB Community Trust and has been upgraded with the support of Creative New Zealand.
New Zealanders at War: Writing War is the topic for this year's Michael King Writers' Centre residential workshop, to be held at Vaughan Park over Labour weekend. We have a wonderful programme, featuring Chris Pugsley and Patricia Grace. Details are here.
Applications for the 2016 residency programme at the Michael King Writers' Centre are now open. Details here.
Our current writer in residence is Rochelle Bright, who holds the six-month University of Auckland Residency at the MKWC. Rochelle works in crossover drama. She wrote the hugely-successful Daffodils which is touring the country. Her latest work The Deliberate Disappearance of My Friend Jack Hartnett recently premiered at Q Theatre in Auckland. Rochelle holds the University of Auckland Residency to work on the libretto for a theatre/indie opera crossover drama about Neil Roberts, the punk anarchist who blew himself up outside the Wanganui police computer in 1982. More about Rochelle can be found here.
Signals, the literary journal for writers from our Young Writers Programme, is on sale through the Michael King Writers' Centre at $10 per copy, including post. Email to place your order. Here's Cecilia Xu reading her poem from the book "When I say I want to get to know you, I really mean this" .
- Applications open for 2016 Michael King Writers’ Centre residencies
- D'Arcy Writers' Residencies on Waiheke Island, 2016
- In Conversation: Tessa Duder and Iain Sharp
27 September 2015
- In Conversation: Tracey Barnett and David Slack
23 August 2015
- In Conversation: Kevin Ireland and Peter Bland
26 July 2015 - 4 pm
02 July 2015 - 7-9 pm