Events 2013

Launch of Signals

07 December 2013 - 10.30 am

The Michael King Writers’ Centre is delighted to announce the launch of the second issue of Signals, its literary journal for young writers.

The magazine showcases the work of writers who took part in the Michael King Young Writers Programme in 2013. It is edited by Rosalind Ali and Johanna Emeney, who run the programme. About 120 senior students from secondary schools all over Auckland took part this year. They had the option to take part in one of three one-day workshops and four master classes, each of which featured leading New Zealand writers as well as  Ros and Jo, who are specialist teachers of creative writing.

More than 40 pieces of work were submitted and the magazine includes prose and poetry by 16 young writers. It was designed and laid out by writer and graphic artist Sarah Laing, with the art work for the back cover created by Megan Woodhead from Pinehurst School.

The launch was held at the National Library in Stanley Street Auckland. Presentations were made to several prize winners and students read from their work. Bayley Johansson from Wesley College won the Cape Catley Poetry Competition, while Sophie Gardiner (St Cuthbert’s College), Courtney Bassett (Rangitoto College), Maria Ji (now at The University of Auckland) and Sophie Van Waardenberg (St Cuthbert’s) were highly commended. Amelia Kendal from St Cuthbert’s won the Auckland University Press Prize for Prose.  

The Michael King Young Writers’ Programme will be offered again in 2014 and students who take part will have the opportunity to submit work for Signals, which will be published again at the end of the year. Nominations will be invited in February 2014. Each school may nominate one student and one or two reserve students. A detailed programme will be available then.

The programme is funded by Creative New Zealand and is designed for students, mostly Year 11 to 13, who show promise in creative writing, and who would enjoy the chance to explore the creative process, experiment with a range of subjects, stimuli and writing styles, and learn more about publishing opportunities. Students must be nominated by the Head of English in their school.

Copies of Signals will be distributed to Auckland secondary schools and Auckland libraries. The journal is also available through selected book shops and through the Michael King Writers’ Centre.