New Zealand’s literary exchange with Australia is available through a partnership between the Varuna Writers House in New South Wales, Australia and the Michael King Writers Centre.
Kate Mildenhall has been announced as the recipient of the inaugural New Zealand residency exchange, an international residency program held by Varuna, the National Writers’ House in collaboration with the Michael King Writers Centre in Auckland and the Verb Wellington Writers Festival in Wellington.
Subject to travel restrictions, the four-week residency exchange will take place in October 2021. Kate will work on her third novel at the Michael King Writers Centre before flying to Wellington to participate in the Verb Wellington Writers’ Festival. In exchange, a New Zealand writer will be selected in the coming months to stay at Varuna in February 2022. Applications will open in late August.
Varuna said the ‘standard of applications for this exchange program was very competitive’. The shortlisted applicants Anwen Crawford, Michelle Cahill and Warren Ward were highly commended by the judges.
The Varuna International Writers Residency Program is supported by the Australian Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. For more information about the program, see the Varuna website.