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.
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.
Poet Michele Leggott recently presented Small Stories from Two Decades, a series of interconnected stories about the progression of her blindness. The event was part of the Devonport Arts Festival. An audio recording is available online. Please click here to listen to it.
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" . The winners of the Chris Cole Catley Writing Awards were also announced. Congratulations to Sophie van Waardenberg. Results can be found here.
Photos from the launch of Signals can be found on our Facebook page. Check out these beautiful young people!
Sophie van Waardenberg and another young writer who has taken part in the Young Writers Programme have gone on to have great success with their writing this year. Details here. Congratulations to these talented writers.
The four writers selected for our 2015 residencies have been announced. Details here.
Our current writer in residence is novelist, poet and scriptwriter Anne Kennedy. Her most recent novel The Last Days of the National Costume is a finalist in the 2014 NZ Post Book Awards. She holds the six-month University of Auckland residency to work on a new novel.
- Young writers achieve more success
- Winners of the Chris Cole Catley Writing Awards announced
- Signals launch
06 December 2014 - 10 am
- Hello Girls & Boys! - with David Veart
16 November 2014 - 2 pm
- Small Stories from Two Decades - Michele Leggott
12 November 2014 - 6 pm
- State of Play
09 November 2014 - 4 pm