Verb Wellington Writer’s Residency with Katherine Mansfield House & Garden – open now



Verb Wellington and Katherine Mansfield House & Garden have come together to offer an opportunity to spend time in one of the world’s most vibrant literary cities to focus on your writing. We are very grateful to Professor John Ormiston ONZM who is a patron of this residency in memory of his wife, the late Professor Diana (Dinny) Lennon ONZM (1949-2018).

Professor Diana (Dinny) Lennon had a strong connection to Wellington, where she attended Samuel Marsden Collegiate. Dinny was Professor of Population Child and Youth Health in the Department of Paediatrics: Child and Youth Health at the University of Auckland, a world class researcher, an inspiring teacher and mentor, and a superb clinician. She was passionate about children, especially those without a fair opportunity for health, particularly Māori and Pacific children. Her determination and energy to make things better for children was limitless and led to advances in clinical care, national policy change, vaccine development and rheumatic fever programmes that are some of her greatest achievements. Among her many honours, Dinny was named Plunket Woman of the Year in 1992 and the Dame Joan Metge Medal of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2008. Dinny was a life-long admirer of Katherine Mansfield.

Our warm thanks to the Mātātuhi Foundation for supporting this residency opportunity.

When: The residency period is Sunday 17 October (arrive this day to settle in) until Monday 8 November (check out of accommodation).

What: You will receive a $3,000NZD stipend to cover food and other incidental expenses over your three-week stay. From Monday to Friday during each of the three weeks, you will have use of a small, private office space with access to Wifi and basic kitchen facilities at Katherine Mansfield House & Garden. You will have warm, sunny, self-catering Airbnb accommodation located close to the Botanic Gardens and within walking distance to Katherine Mansfield House & Garden and the CBD.

Required: You will be required to do up to two public events while in Wellington for the residency (one event may be within the Verb Writers Festival which is 3 – 7 November) and to attend one welcome dinner and farewell event.

Travel: Aotearoa authors will need to cover the cost of domestic travel to Wellington.

Application requirements: Before you begin, please be aware that to complete the registration you will need to attach a 10-page sample of work with 1.5 line spaces and in 12-point font. You will also need to attach a maximum 2-page CV.

Application fee: We charge $10NZD per application. We are a Charitable Trust and this amount means we cover the costs of administration for the residency.

Deadlines: applications open on Friday 11 June and close Friday 9 July. The successful applicant will be notified by Monday 26 July.

full details here

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