Residency Alumni

Over one hundred and twentyNew 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.

Miro Bilbrough: 2021
Established Writers Residency
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Miro Bilbrough: 2021
Established Writers Residency

Miro is a filmmaker, filmmaking teacher and a poet whose memoir of a counterculture New Zealand adolescence, In the Time of the Manaroans (Victoria Univeristy…

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Jordan Hamel: 2021
Emerging Writers Residency
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Jordan Hamel: 2021
Emerging Writers Residency

Jordan Hamel is a Pōneke-based writer, poet and performer. He grew up in Timaru on a healthy diet of Catholicism and toxic masculinity. He was…

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Zarah Butcher-McGunnigle: 2021
Emerging Writers Residency
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Zarah Butcher-McGunnigle: 2021
Emerging Writers Residency

Zarah is a writer from Auckland. She is the author of Nostalgia Has Ruined My Life (Giramondo Publishing, 2021) and Autobiography of a Marguerite (Hue…

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Helen Vivienne Fletcher: 2021
Established Writers Residency
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Helen Vivienne Fletcher: 2021
Established Writers Residency

Helen is a widely published children’s and young adult author, spoken word poet and award-winning playwright. She has written an impressive collection of work for…

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Pip Desmond: 2021
Established Writers Residency
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Pip Desmond: 2021
Established Writers Residency

Pip is a Wellington writer, editor and oral historian who specialises in creative non-fiction. Her memoir Song for Rosaleen, about caring for her mother when…

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Kiran Dass: 2021
Emerging Writers Residency
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Kiran Dass: 2021
Emerging Writers Residency

The first writer to have the timing of her residency affected by the pandemic; Kiran reviews books regularly on RNZ and her writing has appeared…

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Tracy Farr: 2021
Late Winter Residency
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Tracy Farr: 2021
Late Winter Residency

Tracy is a Wellington writer who used to be a scientist. Her debut novel, The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt, was long- and shortlisted…

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Octavia Cade: 2021
Winter Residency 3
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Octavia Cade: 2021
Winter Residency 3

We have welcomed our 13th writer-in-residence. Octavia  is a Cambridge based writer with a PhD in science communication. She likes using speculative fiction to talk…

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Kyle Mewburn: 2021
Winter Residency 2
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Kyle Mewburn: 2021
Winter Residency 2

Kyle is one of New Zealand’s most eclectic and prolific writers. From multi-layered picture books (Old-Hu-hu; Hill & Hole) to laugh-out-loud junior fiction series (Dinosaur…

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Kate Duignan: 2021
Winter Residency
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Kate Duignan: 2021
Winter Residency

Kate graduated with an MA in Creative Writing from VUW in 2000.  Her MA project was her first novel, Breakwater.  Kate has also published short…

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Ingrid Horrocks: 2021
Autumn Residency 2
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Ingrid Horrocks: 2021
Autumn Residency 2

Our tenth writer-in-residence for the year, Ingrid, is working on a collection of interconnected short stories from women’s lives over a two-hundred-year period. Some of…

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Jared Davidson: 2021
Autumn Residency
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Jared Davidson: 2021
Autumn Residency

Jared is an archivist, historian and writer based in Wellington. His work has appeared in The Guardian, Overland, History Workshop Journal, The Spinoff, Newsroom and…

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Nathan Joe: 2021
Emerging Writers Residency
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Nathan Joe: 2021
Emerging Writers Residency

Nathan is an award-winning writer, theatre-maker and performance poet based in Ōtautahi. His work largely focuses on the slipperiness of identity and the politics of…

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Steph Matuku: 2021
Established Māori Writers Residency
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Steph Matuku: 2021
Established Māori Writers Residency

Steph is an award-winning writer from Taranaki, New Zealand (Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāti Tama, Te Ati Awa). She spent fifteen years writing radio advertising before deciding…

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Gina Cole: 2021
Established Pasifika Writers Residency
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Gina Cole: 2021
Established Pasifika Writers Residency

Our sixth writer-in-residence for the year; Gina, is of Fijian, Scottish and Welsh descent.  She is the author of Black Ice Matter, which won Best…

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Rachael King: 2020
Early Summer Residency
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Rachael King: 2020
Early Summer Residency

We welcomed Rachael not only as our final writer-in-residence for 2020 but also, by wonderful coincidence as the 100th writer to take up a residency…

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Jane Bloomfield: 2021
Late Summer Residency
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Jane Bloomfield: 2021
Late Summer Residency

From Queenstown, Jane is the author of the Lily Max children’s trilogy, published by Luncheon Sausage books. “Lily Max: Satin, Scissors, Frock” (2015) was a…

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Lana Lopesi: 2021
Emerging Pasifika Writers Residency
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Lana Lopesi: 2021
Emerging Pasifika Writers Residency

We have welcomed Lana as our fourth writer-in-residence for the year. Lana is an editor, critic and author based in Tāmaki Makaurau. Since 2012 she…

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Anna Jackson: 2021
Summer Residency
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Anna Jackson: 2021
Summer Residency

Anna has written several books of poetry, most recently Pasture and Flock: New and Selected Poems, and also writes occasional fiction and academic books.  She…

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Emma Hislop: 2021
Emerging Māori Writers Residency
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Emma Hislop: 2021
Emerging Māori Writers Residency

Our second writer-in-residence for the year Emma (Kāi Tahu), is a Taranaki based writer whose work has previously appeared in Sport, Newsroom, Hue and Cry,…

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Kerrin P. Sharpe: 2021
New Year’s Residency
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Kerrin P. Sharpe: 2021
New Year’s Residency

We have welcomed our first writer in residence for 2021! Kerrin has published four collections of poetry: Three Days In a Wishing Well (2012); There’s…

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Amy McDaid: 2020
Emerging Writers Residency
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Amy McDaid: 2020
Emerging Writers Residency

Amy is a New Zealand writer of Rarotongan descent. She has a Master of Creative Writing from the University of Auckland with first class honours,…

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Maria Samuela: 2020
Emerging Pasifika Writers Residency
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Maria Samuela: 2020
Emerging Pasifika Writers Residency

Our 18th writer-in-residence, Maria is a published writer of stories for adults and children. Born in Wellington and of Cook Islands descent, her stories offer…

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Tom Doig: 2020
Spring Residency
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Tom Doig: 2020
Spring Residency

Our 17th writer-in-residence; Tom is an author, academic and journalist. He has written two books about the 2014 Hazelwood mine fire disaster, Hazelwood (Penguin Random…

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Pip Adam: 2020
Mid Winter Residency
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Pip Adam: 2020
Mid Winter Residency

Pip has published a collection of short stories, Everything We Hoped For (VUP, 2010) and two novels, I’m Working on a Building (VUP, 2013) and…

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Jane Arthur: 2020
Emerging Writers Residency
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Jane Arthur: 2020
Emerging Writers Residency

Jane is a poet, writer and editor who lives in Wellington with her family. She has a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from the…

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Tania Roxborogh: 2020
Winter Residency 2
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Tania Roxborogh: 2020
Winter Residency 2

Ko Māori me Airihi me Kōtarina ngā iwi o ōku tīpuna. I whakahautia ahau e ngā ngahere o Houtū I amoamohia ahau e ngā wai…

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Tina Makereti: 2020
Winter Residency
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Tina Makereti: 2020
Winter Residency

We welcome our 12th resident for the year – Tina writes essays, novels and short fiction. Her latest novel is The Imaginary Lives of James…

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Aroha Awarau: 2020
Emerging Māori Writers Residency
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Aroha Awarau: 2020
Emerging Māori Writers Residency

Aroha is the first resident since the interruption of Covid-19, to be able to enjoy his full residency with us – he is our 11th…

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Albert Belz: 2020
Autumn Residency
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Albert Belz: 2020
Autumn Residency

Because of the Level 3 Covid-19 restrictions, Albert started his residency from home and was able to take up residence as we moved to Level…

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Fifi Colston: 2020
Easter Residency
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Fifi Colston: 2020
Easter Residency

Fifi is our ninth resident for the year and the first to be affected by Aotearoa’s Level 4 Alert status for Covid-19. This means Fifi…

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Penelope Jackson: 2020
MKWC/University of Auckland Residency
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Penelope Jackson: 2020
MKWC/University of Auckland Residency

Penny joins us for our eighth residency – she is an Art Historian having held roles in public art galleries in New Zealand. The author…

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Megan Dunn: 2020
Emerging Writers Residency
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Megan Dunn: 2020
Emerging Writers Residency

Megan is co-editor of The Spinoff art section. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, where she graduated with…

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Hera Lindsay Bird: 2020
Late Summer Residency
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Hera Lindsay Bird: 2020
Late Summer Residency

We have welcomed Hera to the centre as our sixth resident for the year. She has published two books, ‘Hera Lindsay Bird’ with Victoria University…

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Jeff Evans: 2020
Summer Residency 2
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Jeff Evans: 2020
Summer Residency 2

Jeff is our fifth resident for the year and is the author of five books. His interest in Māori and Polynesian cultures has produced the…

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David Eggleton: 2020
Summer Residency 1
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David Eggleton: 2020
Summer Residency 1

David edited Landfall  and Landfall Review Online between 2010 and 2018. He is a recent recipient of a Janet Frame Literary Trust Award, an Ockham…

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Josh Pomare: 2020
Established Māori Writers Residency
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Josh Pomare: 2020
Established Māori Writers Residency

Josh (JP Pomare), (Ngā Puhi), grew up the youngest child of four, on a farm outside of Rotorua. After high school, he studied politics, media…

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Tru Paraha: 2020
Emerging Writers Residency
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Tru Paraha: 2020
Emerging Writers Residency

Tru, (Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Te Tarawa, Ngāti Kahu o Torongāre)  is a choreographer, curator, and poet working across performance and writing disciplines. She is a…

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Rose Carlyle: 2020
Emerging Writers Residency
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Rose Carlyle: 2020
Emerging Writers Residency

We have welcomed Rose as our first writer in residence for the New Year.  Rose says her aim as a writer ‘is to produce books…

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Makereta Brown: 2019
Emerging Pasifika Residency
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Makereta Brown: 2019
Emerging Pasifika Residency

Makereta holds the last residency for 2019. She is I-Taukei-born Fijian, from the Noco District of Rewa in Viti Levu. She was adopted by kaivulagi…

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Mariana Isara: 2019
Emerging Pasifika Writers Residency
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Mariana Isara: 2019
Emerging Pasifika Writers Residency

Mariana is a writer, artist, and forager. Born in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa, she has ancestral roots in Sāmoa, Scotland, England, Ireland, and France. She is…

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Fiona Samuel: 2019
Early Summer Residency
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Fiona Samuel: 2019
Early Summer Residency

Fiona has joined us for her four week residency, the 19th for the year. She is a writer and director, playwright, actor and Arts Laureate,…

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Joanne Drayton: 2019
University of Auckland Residency 4
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Joanne Drayton: 2019
University of Auckland Residency 4

Jo is an acclaimed New Zealand author whose output has been globally recognised. Her book The Search for Anne Perry was numbered in the top…

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Murray Edmond: 2019
Spring Writers Residency
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Murray Edmond: 2019
Spring Writers Residency

Murray takes up our 17th residency to work on an essay that takes a small section of Auckland and reads its monuments for their historical,…

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Jo Randerson: 2019
University of Auckland Residency 3
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Jo Randerson: 2019
University of Auckland Residency 3

A writer and theatre-maker Jo is the founder and artistic director of Barbarian Productions (theatre company). Recent theatre works include Sing It To My Face,…

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Kirsten McDougall: 2019
Winter Writers Residency
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Kirsten McDougall: 2019
Winter Writers Residency

Kirsten is our 15th writer-in-residence for the year and is the author of two books of fiction, Tess (2017) and The Invisible Rider (2012). In…

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Rijula Das: 2019
Emerging Writers Residency
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Rijula Das: 2019
Emerging Writers Residency

Our 14th residency for the year is held by Rijula who lives and works in Wellington.  Rijula holds a PhD in Creative Writing and was…

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Jade Kake: 2019
Emerging Māori Writers Residency
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Jade Kake: 2019
Emerging Māori Writers Residency

Jade is an architectural design, writer, and housing advocate. Of Māori and Dutch descent, her tribal affiliations are Ngāpuhi (Ngāti Hau me Te Parawhau), Te…

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Emma Neale: 2019
University of Auckland Residency 2
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Emma Neale: 2019
University of Auckland Residency 2

Author of six novels and five collections of poetry, Emma works as an editor and occasional creative writing tutor. She was raised in New Zealand,…

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Philippa Werry: 2019
Easter Writers Residency
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Philippa Werry: 2019
Easter Writers Residency

Phillipa is our eleventh resident for the year – she lives in Wellington and writes fiction, non-fiction and plays for children and young adults. Her…

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Gigi Fenster: 2019
Easter Writers Residency
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Gigi Fenster: 2019
Easter Writers Residency

Gigi’s first book, The Intentions Book was shortlisted for the 2013 New Zealand Post Book Awards and long-listed for the IMPAC Dublin Award. Her second…

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Dominic Hoey: 2019
Early Autumn Writers Residency
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Dominic Hoey: 2019
Early Autumn Writers Residency

Our ninth resident for the year – Dominic is an author, playwright and poet based in Tamaki Makaurau. His debut novel, Iceland was a New…

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Meagan France: 2019
Emerging Writers Residency
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Meagan France: 2019
Emerging Writers Residency

Meagan is an Auckland based writer of European and Māori descent born and raised in Perth, Western Australia. She moved permanently to New Zealand in…

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Gary Henderson: 2019
University of Auckland Residency 1
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Gary Henderson: 2019
University of Auckland Residency 1

We have welcomed Gary as our seventh resident for the year, he is a playwright, director and writing teacher whose work is produced locally and…

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Diane Brown: 2019
Late Summer Writers Residency
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Diane Brown: 2019
Late Summer Writers Residency

Diane is a novelist, memoirist, and poet who runs an online and face to face creative writing school, Creative Writing Dunedin. During her residency –…

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Ivy Alvarez: 2019
Late Summer Writers Residency
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Ivy Alvarez: 2019
Late Summer Writers Residency

Ivy has been awarded a late summer residency, our fifth for the year and is working on a multi-volume collection, Diaspora. Ivy says ‘Diaspora is my…

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Colleen Maria Lenihan: 2019
Emerging Māori Writers Residency
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Colleen Maria Lenihan: 2019
Emerging Māori Writers Residency

Colleen is of Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi and Irish descent. After returning to New Zealand in 2016 after fifteen years in Tokyo and one in New…

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Steven Toussaint: 2019
Summer Writers Residency
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Steven Toussaint: 2019
Summer Writers Residency

Steve is working on his third full-length collection of poetry that explores the climate of reproach and apology that pervades our public discourse today and…

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Yvette Walker: 2019
Emerging Writers Residency
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Yvette Walker: 2019
Emerging Writers Residency

Yvette, our second resident for the year is a LGBTQIA writer who was born in Australia and is now a New Zealand resident living in…

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Rachel O’Neill: 2019
Emerging Writers Residency
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Rachel O’Neill: 2019
Emerging Writers Residency

We have welcomed Rachel as our first writer-in-residence for the year. Rachel is a filmmaker, writer and artist based in Te Whanganui-ā-Tara, Aotearoa. Her debut…

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Serie Barford: 2018
Established Pasifika Writers Residency
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Serie Barford: 2018
Established Pasifika Writers Residency

We have welcomed Serie as our fourteenth and last resident for the year. Serie was born in Aotearoa to a migrant German-Samoan mother and a Palagi…

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Pala Molisa: 2018
Emerging Pasifika Writers Residency
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Pala Molisa: 2018
Emerging Pasifika Writers Residency

Pala Molisa is a Ni-Vanuatu academic who has recently finished teaching at Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Accounting and Commercial Law. His PhD looked…

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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

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

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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 Māori 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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