Writers in Residence

The Michael King Writers' Centre has an impressive list of alumni. Man Booker Prize winner Eleanor Catton wrote the final draft of her novel The Luminaries while she held a six-month residency at the centre in 2012. Rachel Barrowman worked on her exhaustive biography of Maurice Gee while she held a residency in 2010. Poet Laureates Vincent O'Sullivan and Ian Wedde are also among our alumni, along with leading writers such as Martin Edmond, Peter Wells, Anne Kennedy and Don McGlashan. 

Thirty-seven New Zealand writers have held supported residencies since the centre's opening in 2005. It has four supported residencies for New Zealand writers each year and in 2013 it hosted its first international resident from Beijing. 

Biographical information for all our writers in residence is available by clicking on the names in the orange panel at left. They are listed by year.