Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Writers Chosen for D’Arcy Residencies on Waiheke Island
Two essayists have been chosen for the 2015 D’Arcy Writers’ Residencies on Waiheke Island.
They are: Julie Hill, who will write a biography of Auckland’s historic Karangahape Road, in which she resides; and Dr Scott Hamilton, whose essay will cover the involvement of New Zealanders and others in 19th century South Pacific slave-trading.
The winners were selected from 21 applicants for the two residencies, each of whom submitted to a panel of judges writing samples and a synopsis for a 10,000-word essay. The judges were impressed by the quality of the applications.
Hill and Hamilton are the first D’Arcy writing residents and will each spend three months of next year in a house above Onetangi working on their essay projects. They will each receive a stipend of $3000 and a $500 transport allowance.
The judges were: Gordon McLauchlan, writer (chair); Graham Beattie, books blogger and former publisher; Virginia Larson, editor of North & South magazine; Hamish Keith, writer; Kirsten Warner, chair of the Auckland Branch of the NZ Society of Authors; Bruce Ansley, writer; John Campbell, broadcaster; Fiona Kralicek, Manager, Waiheke Community Library; Karren Beanland, Manager, Michael King Writers’ Centre.