Shanghai Residency

Shanghai Writers’ Residency

Applications for the 2018 residency for a NZ writer to live in Shanghai for eight weeks has now closed.  Frances Edmond won the residency and leaves for Shanghai in October.

New Zealand’s literary exchange with China is available through a partnership between the New Zealand China Friendship Society, the Michael King Writers’ Centre, the Shanghai Writers’ Association, and Shanghai People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.

Since the exchange began in 2013, three Chinese writers have enjoyed a residency at the Michael King Writers’ Centre on the slopes of Mount Victoria at Devonport in Auckland. In 2013 Huo Yan, a young writing star from Beijing, took up the first Rewi Alley Fellowship then in 2015 acclaimed novelist Xiao Bai from Shanghai was the second Rewi Alley fellow. Last year Yin Jian Ling held the two-month residency. Yin is a poet, essayist, novelist, literary critic, illustrator and translator; a versatile Chinese writer of children’s literature, who has covered a wide range of subjects.

In 2014 Alison Wong was the first New Zealand writer selected to join the international writers’ programme.  Alison writes of her experience:

The Shanghai International Writing Programme was invaluable as research for my new book, but also for stimulating fresh creativity and inquiry through exposure to a completely different environment, language and culture. The connections made, whether with Chinese or other international writers were personally and professionally rewarding. I recommend the residency to writers with a sense of adventure and curiosity’.

In 2016 Heidi North Bailey was the recipient of the exchange. Heidi said at the time:

‘I’m having a marvellous, stimulating and productive time. The Shanghai Writers’ Programme has organised some thoughtful activities for us including visiting a writer’s home, and we have participated in several stimulating cross-cultural literary discussions. But I am also having plenty of time to put hands to keyboard and write. Being here is such a gift’. 

For more on Heidi’s exchange see: http://www.anzliterature.com/feature/letter-from-shanghai/

Huo Yan – MKWC 2013 239 239 Michael King Writers Centre

Huo Yan – MKWC 2013

Huo Yan, from Beijing, who held the Rewi Alley Fellowship at the Michael King Writers Centre in 2013.

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Alison Wong – Shanghai 2014 200 200 Michael King Writers Centre

Alison Wong – Shanghai 2014

Alison Wong who took part in the 2014 Shanghai Writing Program in Shanghai. Alison says of her residency:    ‘The Shanghai International Writing Programme was invaluable as research for my new book, but also for stimulating…

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Heidi North-Bailey – Shanghai 2016 680 680 Michael King Writers Centre

Heidi North-Bailey – Shanghai 2016

In 2016 Heidi North Bailey was the recipient of the exchange. Heidi said at the time: ‘I’m having a marvellous, stimulating and productive time. The Shanghai Writers’ Programme has organised some thoughtful activities for us…

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Xiao Bai – MKWC 2015 760 760 Michael King Writers Centre

Xiao Bai – MKWC 2015

Xiao Bai who held the 2015 Rewi Alley Fellowship at the Michael King Writers’ Centre.        

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Jian Ling – MKWC 2017 419 419 Michael King Writers Centre

Jian Ling – MKWC 2017

Yin Jian Ling held a two-month residency. Yin is a poet, essayist, novelist, literary critic, illustrator and translator.

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