Residency Alumni

Over fifty New Zealand writers have held supported residencies since the centre opened  2005 and since 2013 it has also hosted an international residency in association with the NZ China Friendship Society.

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.

Trevor Bentley: 2018
Established Pasifika Writers Residency
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Trevor Bentley: 2018
Established Pasifika Writers Residency

Trevor was educated at the Auckland and Waikato Universities and has a special interest in researching, teaching and writing about the interaction of Māori and…

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Karyn Hay: 2018
Late Spring Residency (2)
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Karyn Hay: 2018
Late Spring Residency (2)

Karyn Hay is an award-winning novelist and broadcaster: her debut novel Emerald Budgies won the New Zealand Society of Authors Hubert Church Best First Book…

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Mark Broatch: 2018
Late Spring Residency (1)
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Mark Broatch: 2018
Late Spring Residency (1)

Mark Broatch is the author of several non-fiction books, short fiction and poetry. He was deputy editor at the NZ Listener and culture editor at…

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Tracy Farr: 2018
Spring Residency
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Tracy Farr: 2018
Spring Residency

We are delighted to welcome Tracy back to the centre for a residency – she was a visiting writer in 2009 and worked on her…

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Kelly Joseph: 2018
Emerging Māori Writers Residency
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Kelly Joseph: 2018
Emerging Māori Writers Residency

Kelly Joseph (Ngāti Maniapoto) is a writer and artist currently living in Westland with her two daughters and husband. She has previously had stories published…

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Jacquie McCrae: 2018
Māori Writers Residency
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Jacquie McCrae: 2018
Māori Writers Residency

Jacquie McCrae (Tainui) is working on a project that is a fictional novel based on facts about the colourful history of the campaigns for the…

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Chris Price: 2008 297 297 Michael King Writers Centre

Chris Price: 2008

Chris Price plans to complete a new collection of poems, The Blind Singer, and lay the groundwork for another major project – a full-length work of…

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Ian Wedde: 2009 210 210 Michael King Writers Centre

Ian Wedde: 2009

Ian Wedde is a distinguished Wellington poet, novelist and critic. He has published a large number of poetry collections and novels, and his poems appear…

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Vincent O’Sullivan: 2009 602 602 Michael King Writers Centre

Vincent O’Sullivan: 2009

Vincent O’Sullivan has published an extensive range of poetry, fiction and drama, as well as academic books. He was at the centre between February and…

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David Eggleton: 2009 200 200 Michael King Writers Centre

David Eggleton: 2009

David Eggleton is a poet and writer who lives in Dunedin. He is a popular and dynamic performance poet, has written books and been selected…

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William (Bill) Direen: 2010
University of Auckland Writers Residency
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William (Bill) Direen: 2010
University of Auckland Writers Residency

William (Bill) Direen is a writer and a well-known figure in New Zealand music circles. Originally from Christchurch and Dunedin, Direen has recently been living…

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Rachel Barrowman: 2010
Summer Writers Residency
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Rachel Barrowman: 2010
Summer Writers Residency

Rachel Barrowman worked at the centre for eight weeks from early 2010. She is a Wellington-based writer and historian. She is the author of a…

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Martin Edmond: 2010
Autumn Writers Residency
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Martin Edmond: 2010
Autumn Writers Residency

Martin Edmond held an eight-week residency from mid-March to May, also offered with the support of Creative New Zealand. Edmond was born in Ohakune and…

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Bradford Haami: 2010
Māori Writers Residency
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Bradford Haami: 2010
Māori Writers Residency

Bradford Haami was selected for the first ever Māori residency at the centre, for eight weeks from May. Based in Waitakere, Bradford Haami has written…

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Nelson Wattie: 2011
Autumn Writers Residency
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Nelson Wattie: 2011
Autumn Writers Residency

Nelson Wattie was awarded the Autumn Residency (mid-March to mid-May) to work on a literary biography of Kapiti poet, novelist and playwright Alistair Te Ariki…

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Michelanne Forster: 2011
University of Auckland Writers Residency
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Michelanne Forster: 2011
University of Auckland Writers Residency

Michelanne Forster is a playwright, scriptwriter, fiction writer and editor who moved to New Zealand in 1972 from her native California. She is a graduate of…

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Ben Brown: 2011
Māori Writers Residency
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Ben Brown: 2011
Māori Writers Residency

Ben Brown was awarded the Maori Writer’s Residency at the Michael King Writers’ Centre for 2011 (eight weeks from mid-May). He is known for his…

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Arthur Meek: 2011
Summer Writers Residency
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Arthur Meek: 2011
Summer Writers Residency

Arthur Meek was awarded the eight-week Summer Residency, from January to mid-March 2011. Arthur Meek, who lives in Auckland, has written for stage, screen and radio,…

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Whiti Heraka: 2012
Māori Writers Residency
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Whiti Heraka: 2012
Māori Writers Residency

Whiti Hereaka, from Wellington, held the 2012 Summer Residency at the Michael King Writers Centre, from January to mid-March. Whiti is a playwright, novelist and…

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Te Awhina Rangimarie Arahanga: 2012
Māori Writers Residency
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Te Awhina Rangimarie Arahanga: 2012
Māori Writers Residency

Tongariro, Ruapehu, Aoraki nga Maunga Whanganui, Rangatikei, Waitaki, nga Awa Taupo, Waihora nga Roto Ngati Tuwharetoa, Te Ati Haunui A Paparangi, Ngati Hauiti ki Rata…

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Eleanor Catton: 2012
University of Auckland Writers Residency
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Eleanor Catton: 2012
University of Auckland Writers Residency

Eleanor Catton, winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize for Literature, held the 2012 University of Auckland Residency at the Michael King Writers’ Centre. She…

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Chris Else: 2012
Autumn Writers Residency
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Chris Else: 2012
Autumn Writers Residency

Chris Else has had more than eight books published: six novels, and two collections of short fiction. His work appears in many anthologies and magazines,…

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Sarah Laing: 2013
University of Auckland Writers Residency
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Sarah Laing: 2013
University of Auckland Writers Residency

The Michael King Writers’ Centre is delighted to welcome back novelist and graphic artist Sarah Laing for her second residency at the centre. This year…

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Judith Bryers-Holloway: 2013
Māori Writers Residency
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Judith Bryers-Holloway: 2013
Māori Writers Residency

Judith Bryers Holloway has Ngapuhi, French, Norwegian and Irish/English ancestry, was brought up in King Country and Whanganui. She has lived most of adult life…

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Don McGlashan: 2013
Summer Writers Residency
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Don McGlashan: 2013
Summer Writers Residency

Don McGlashan is one of New Zealand’s most popular and celebrated songwriters and performers, whose music provides the soundtrack to our most significant national occasions…

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Deborah Shepherd: 2013
Autumn Writers Residency
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Deborah Shepherd: 2013
Autumn Writers Residency

Deborah Shepard has written a blog about her residency at the Michael King Writers’ Centre. Deborah Shepard held the Autumn Residency at the Michael King Writers’ Centre.…

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Peter Wells: 2014
Autumn Writers Residency
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Peter Wells: 2014
Autumn Writers Residency

Peter Wells is a distinguished writer and film-maker. As a writer, he won the 1992 NZ Book Award for Fiction for his first book of…

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Victor Rodger: 2018
University of Auckland Residency
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Victor Rodger: 2018
University of Auckland Residency

Victor holds the University of Auckland Residency which he started on the 19th of February and is our fourth residency for the year. He will…

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Rosetta Allan: 2018
Emerging Writers Residency
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Rosetta Allan: 2018
Emerging Writers Residency

Our second residency for the year is held by Rosetta and she is working on her second novel. Rosetta spent her formative writing years developing…

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Lawrence Patchett: 2018
Emerging Writers Residency
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Lawrence Patchett: 2018
Emerging Writers Residency

Lawrence holds our third residency for the year and is working on a literary novel of communities in turmoil, set on a future Kāpiti Coast.…

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Helen Waaka: 2018
Emerging Māori Writers Residency
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Helen Waaka: 2018
Emerging Māori Writers Residency

Helen Waaka (Ngāti Whaatua, Ngā Puhi) has joined us for the fifth residency of the year. Helen completed a Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing at…

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Nadine Hura: 2018
Emerging Māori Writers Residency
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Nadine Hura: 2018
Emerging Māori Writers Residency

Nadine Hura is of Ngāti Hine, Ngāpuhi and Pākehā whakapapa. She grew up in South Auckland but has spent much of her adult life living…

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Allan Drew: 2018
Emerging Writers Residency
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Allan Drew: 2018
Emerging Writers Residency

Allan is our first writer in residence for 2018 and is working on some contemporary short fiction. Allan recently completed his PhD in creative writing…

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Whiti Hereaka: 2017
Māori Writers Residency
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Whiti Hereaka: 2017
Māori Writers Residency

Whiti Hereaka (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Te Arawa) will take up the Māori Writer’s Residency to work on the final draft of a new novel for adults…

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Anthony Byrt: 2017
Spring Residency
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Anthony Byrt: 2017
Spring Residency

Anthony Byrt is a regular writer for Metro, a contributing editor to Paperboy, and the New Zealand correspondent for Artforum International. In 2013 he was…

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Frankie McMillan:2017
University of Auckland Residency
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Frankie McMillan:2017
University of Auckland Residency

The six-month University of Auckland Residency at the MKWC was awarded to Frankie McMillan for a book of small narrative forms, mainly prose poetry and…

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Anna Jackson: 2017
Early Summer Residency
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Anna Jackson: 2017
Early Summer Residency

Anna has written and edited a number of academic books on topics ranging from Gothic children’s fiction to verse biography in Australia, Canada and New…

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Hannah August: 2016
Summer Residency
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Hannah August: 2016
Summer Residency

Hannah August is a writer, editor and researcher based in Wellington. She has written for publications such as the Times Literary Supplement and Metro. She has a PhD…

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Elspeth Sandys: 2016
Autumn Residency
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Elspeth Sandys: 2016
Autumn Residency

Elspeth has published eight novels, two collections of short stories and written numerous plays for radio (RNZ and BBC) and television. Her stage plays have…

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Briar Grace-Smith: 2016
Māori Writers Residency
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Briar Grace-Smith: 2016
Māori Writers Residency

Briar Grace-Smith descends from Ngā Puhi and is an award-winning writer of plays, screenplays and short stories. Her first play Ngā Pou Wāhine won the 1995 Bruce…

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Vivienne Plumb: 2016
University of Auckland Residency
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Vivienne Plumb: 2016
University of Auckland Residency

Vivienne Plumb graduated from Victoria Universityof Wellington, with a B.A. in English and Art History (1997) and an M.A. in Creative Writing (2001). She then…

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Roger Horrocks: 2015
Autumn Residency
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Roger Horrocks: 2015
Autumn Residency

Roger Horrocks was founder and head of the Department of Film, Television and Media Studies at Auckland University, the largest department of its kind in…

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Rochelle Bright: 2015
University of Auckland Writers Residency
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Rochelle Bright: 2015
University of Auckland Writers Residency

Rochelle Bright is an exciting voice in New Zealand theatre. She works in crossover drama, which blurs the boundaries between plays, music, cabaret and opera.…

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Philip Braithwaite: 2015
Autumn Residency
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Philip Braithwaite: 2015
Autumn Residency

Philip Braithwaite has been writing plays since 1999. In 2000 he won the New Zealand Young Playwrights’ Award. Amongst his other credits are the BBC World…

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Mere Whaanga: 2015
Māori Writers Residency
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Mere Whaanga: 2015
Māori Writers Residency

Mere Whaanga is a writer, illustrator, historian and academic. She is of Ngāti Rongomaiwahine and Ngāti Kahungunu descent. Raised on an isolated sheep station near Gisborne, she…

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Kelly Ana Morey: 2014
Māori Writers Residency
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Kelly Ana Morey: 2014
Māori Writers Residency

Kelly Ana Morey has written four novels and three social histories, and a childhood memoir, as well as poems, short stories, criticism and journalism. Born…

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Anne Kennedy: 2014
University of Auckland Writers Residency
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Anne Kennedy: 2014
University of Auckland Writers Residency

Anne Kennedy, who holds the 2014 University of Auckland residency at the Michael King Writers’ Centre, is a poet, fiction writer and scriptwriter. She holds the…

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Alice Miller: 2014
Summer Residency
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Alice Miller: 2014
Summer Residency

Alice Miller, who is a poet, fiction writer, essayist and playwright, has been awarded the Summer Residency 2014 to work on her new novel called The…

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Sarah Laing: 2008 200 200 Michael King Writers Centre

Sarah Laing: 2008

Sarah Laing, from Auckland, will use her residency to complete her latest work, a novel which explores aspects of cultural identity. Titled Dead People’s Music, it will…

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Professor Richard Corballis: 2008 740 740 Michael King Writers Centre

Professor Richard Corballis: 2008

Professor Richard Corballis from Palmerston North,  researched and wrote a major biography of leading New Zealand playwright, Bruce Mason while in residence at the Michael…

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Margaret Hayward: 2007 200 145 Michael King Writers Centre

Margaret Hayward: 2007

Margaret Hayward was the 2007 resident at the Michael King Writers’ Centre. During her period in residence, she worked on her book on Prime Ministerial leadership in New…

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Gerry Evans: 2006 187 187 Michael King Writers Centre

Gerry Evans: 2006

Gerry Evans is the author of Where Giants Dwell (1999), Good Morning USA (2004) and Shipping Out (2006) and was the Resident for seven months in 2006. Born in west…

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Geoff Chapple: 2005
Inaugural Writers Residency
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Geoff Chapple: 2005
Inaugural Writers Residency

Geoff Chapple O.N.Z.M  was the first resident at the centre when it opened in 2005. His play Hatch, written at the house, was a major success…

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Dianne Brown: 2005

Dunedin novelist, poet and memoirist, Dianne Brown wrote Here Comes Another Vital Moment while she was a Resident at the Centre for three months in 2005. Born…

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