New Zealand writer Emma Hislop and Australian writer Fiona Kelly McGregor have been announced as the recipients of the 2023 New Zealand-Australia residency exchange.
The four-week residency exchange will take place during September and October 2023. Fiona will work on her third novel at the Michael King Writers Centre before flying to Wellington to participate in the Verb Wellington Writers Festival.
Emma receives return flights to Sydney, four weeks accommodation and meals at Varuna, a stipend and the opportunity to appear at the Blue Mountains Writers’ Festival in October. Whilst on her residency Emma will work on her latest book, a novel.
This residency programme is supported by Copyright Licensing New Zealand and the Australia Council for the Arts.
New Zealand’s literary exchange with Australia is available through a partnership between Varuna Writers House in Katoomba New South Wales, Australia and the Michael King Writers Centre.
Kate Mildenhall was the Australian recipient of the inaugural New Zealand residency exchange in 2022. Kate travelled to Aotearoa in October 2022 for her four-week residency, staying at Michael King Writers Centre and appearing at the Verb Literary Festival in Wellington during her time with us.
Gina Cole was the New Zealand writer who was selected to go to Australia to take up a residency at Varuna, her four-week residency exchange also took place in October 2022.
For more information about the program, see the Varuna website.