News 2007

University of Auckland Writer’s Residency Honours Michael King

16 November 2007

The University of Auckland, the Michael King Writers’ Centre and Creative New Zealand have teamed up to create The University of Auckland Residency at the Michael King Writers' Centre 2008. Supported by Creative New Zealand, the inaugural grant aims to foster New Zealand writing by providing a full-time opportunity to work in an academic environment together with residence and studio space at the Michael King Writers' Centre in Devonport, Auckland.

“The death of Michael King was an enormous loss to the literary world in New Zealand and beyond,” says Associate Professor Peter Simpson, Head of English at The University of Auckland.“In offering this residency, the University, the Michael King Writers’ Centre Trust and Creative New Zealand are jointly honouring the name of one of this country’s finest writers and we believe the residency will be highly respected and much sought-after.”

“The Michael King trust considers this association with The University of Auckland will be a fruitful one for the New Zealand writing community,” said trust chair, Bob Ross.

The Michael King Centre is the first full writers’ facility and literary centre in New Zealand. The centre is based in the historic Signalman’s House on the slopes of Mt Victoria in Devonport and was established after Michael King’s death in 2004. Following a major renovation of the historic house, the centre was officially opened in May, 2007. Facilities include accommodation for two writers, writer’s studios, an administration base and meeting rooms.

The residency is available for six months from February 2008 and is open to practitioners of any form of creative writing, including drama and non-fiction. A stipend of $30,000 will be paid. Applicants should be writers of proven merit and normally be resident in New Zealand or hold New Zealand citizenship.

The appointed writer will be required to reside in Auckland at the Michael King Centre for the term of the appointment. Applications should be accompanied by a comprehensive CV and a two-page description of the project to be undertaken during the residency.

The contribution of the Literature Programme of Creative New Zealand, the Arts Council of New Zealand, Toi Aotearoa, who assist with funding for the Fellowship, is gratefully acknowledged.

The application deadline is 12 December. For applications and further information visit or call (09) 373 7599 ext 82459. Please refer to reference no. A827-07O.

Amber Older, Communications Adviser
(09) 373 7599 ext 83257 or 021 942 677