THE MICHAEL KING WRITERS' CENTRE TRUST
Liz has many years experience in arts administration both in Canada and New Zealand. She held the position of Chair of the Cultural Advisory to the SaskTrust which administers the Western Canadian Lottery funds for arts and culture. Returning to New Zealand she worked in Community Newspapers and for a small publisher. She was the CEO of the New Zealand Society of Authors from 2002 to 2008. She has been involved with the Public Lending Right Advisory group and the New Zealand Book Month Board as well as a member of the NZSA Auckland Branch Events Committee where she co-organised the successful the Writers on Monday series. A published poet, her first volume of poetry won the League of Canadian Poets Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. She has also worked in energy management as a project manager. Liz Allen joined the Trust in 2009.
The centre aims to promote all aspects of New Zealand's literature, including fiction and non-fiction, and to recognise Michael King's stature as a writer, historian, biographer and someone who helped New Zealand understand its cultural roots.