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. 

Close to fifty New Zealand writers have held supported residencies since the centre's opening in 2005. Currently it has up to fifteen  supported residencies for New Zealand writers each year and since 2013 it has hosted three international residencies for writers from Beijing.