Two WRITERS RESEARCH grants are now open for applications for writers working on a project that can utilise the considerable facilities and resources of the Auckland Museum Library as part of the manuscript’s development. These grants are offered by the Auckland Museum and NZ Society of Authors and can be used for fiction and non-fiction projects.
The NZSA / Auckland Museum Research Grants 2016 grants comprise:
- One National Grant of $4,000 supplemented by the option of 4 weeks funded accommodation at the Michael King Writers’ Centre in Devonport.
- One Auckland Regional Grant of $2,500 for writers from the Auckland region.
The Auckland Museum Library provides a reading room and copying facilities for grant recipients as well as guided access to the library’s collections of manuscripts, pictures and publications. Both recipients will receive a one year membership to the Auckland Museum Institute, benefits of which include access to the Members’ Lounge.
In 2015 the recipient of the National Research Grant was Paolo Rotondo – who used the award to research the interaction of Pākehā and Māori for a theatrical piece with the working title Kororareka.
The Auckland Regional grant winners David Veart and Lorraine Wilson drew on the John Logan Campbell papers held at the Museum library for their joint project with the working title Dear, dear, dear Papa.
“The Auckland Museum Library is one of New Zealand’s major research libraries” confirms Michaela O’Donovan, Head of Information, Library and Enquiries. “The depth of material available is highly valued both in New Zealand and internationally.”
The deadline for applications is 5pm, 28 October 2016.
Applicants for both grants need to be members of the NZ Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc). Membership of the NZ Society of Authors is open to all budding and established writers.
To view the online Auckland Museum Library catalogue: http://www.aucklandmuseum.com/collections-research/library-info-centres
Application form and terms & conditions NZSA / Auckland Museum Research Grants