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Friday, December 01, 2017
NZSA / Auckland Museum Research Grants – Recipients Announced
30 November 2017
NZSA / Auckland
Museum Research Grants – Recipients Announced
The New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) and Auckland War
Memorial Museum are delighted to announce the recipients of the NZSA
Auckland Museum National and Auckland Regional Grants.
The National Grant goes to Dunedin writerJoan
Norlev Taylor whose winning proposal focuses on
articles and books
relating to the lives of European settlers particularly women in the
Joan will receive a $4,000 grant and one month’s accommodation at
The Michael King Writers Centre in Devonport while she undertakes her
research next year. Joan Norlev Taylor's creative writing (prose and
poetry) is wide-ranging, spanning diverse genres, and has been published
in the UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand.
Selection panel convener Rae McGregor said “The
calibre of all applicants was very high and it was exciting to read such
good writing with each of the applications. Of course this did make the job
more difficult but finally the two recipients were agreed upon".
The Auckland Regional grant of $2,500 has been awarded to Auckland
writer Geoff Allen. His winning proposal involves
researching the New Zealand Land Wars and will use the Auckland Museum
research library collection widely. Geoff says of his work: I
started out as an artist then worked in theatre and film as an
actor. In 2000 I was studying writing at Whitireia Polytechnic and
working on Lord of the Rings by night. It was on set that I had an
epiphany about myths and legends. How stories moved around the world
when their people moved. How they spoke about that culture - even
when their people did not. It has set me on a journey of learning Te
Reo and about Te Ao Maori; and learning about being Pakeha.
Now in its sixth year, The NZSA / Auckland Museum National and Auckland
Region Grants are a wonderful opportunity for writers to develop a
manuscript thanks to a stipend, guided access to the Auckland Museum’s
documentary heritage collections and (for the National Grant award) four
weeks accommodation at The Michael King Writers Centre.
“Auckland Museum is pleased to work with The NZSA to provide
support to New Zealand writers and provide access to our research
library, where thousands of historical books, manuscripts, newspapers,
maps, journals and photographs are available to the authors, to inspire
their writing and provide factual information,” says Adam
Moriarty, Acting Head of Information, Library and Enquiry
Services at Auckland Museum.
Past award winners have included historical novelists, archaeologists,
biographers and recently a scriptwriter/playwright researching the
earliest interaction of Pakeha and Māori for public performance.
Images: (from top to bottom) , Joan Norlev Taylor, Geoff Allen
For further information and for media enquiries: Claire Hill,
Operations Manager 09 3794801