Emerging Māori Writer in Residence

Applications for the 2021 Residency are currently open and will close on 30 October. See the full role description and application form on the Current Vacancies page of the University's website. Enquiries can be directed to modernletters@vuw.ac.nz.

About the residency

The Emerging Māori Writer's Residency was established in 2019 by Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington, with the support of Creative New Zealand. It runs for three months and includes a writing room, a mentor from the Māori arts community, and a stipend of $15,000. Projects may be written in English or te reo Māori and the residency is open to writers across all genres.

How to apply

Applications are invited from Māori writers in all areas of literary activity, including drama, fiction and poetry (page and performance), devised performance, creative non-fiction, graphic novels, etc. Projects may be written in English or te reo Māori.

Applicants should be authors of proven merit and must be either New Zealand citizens or hold permanent residency.  There is no restriction on the occupation of applicants, but they should not be full-time employees of Creative New Zealand or Victoria University, nor have been employed on a full-time basis by Victoria University in the twelve months prior to the closing date.

The 2021 Residency will run during the first half of 2021.

We also offer  the three-month Emerging Pasifika Writer's Residency, and the full-year Victoria University of Wellington/Creative New Zealand Writer's Residency on an annual basis.

2020 Emerging Māori Writer in Residence - Talia Marshall

Talia (Ngāti Kuia, Ngāti Rārua, Rangitāne o Wairau, Ngāti Takihiku) is an essayist and poet whose work appears on NewsroomThe SpinoffPantograph PunchTakahē, Best New Zealand Poems, and in North & South magazine. She has written on a diverse range of subjects, including care work in rest homes, Janet Frame, James Baldwin, her father, and the Mervyn Thompson Affair. Her penetrating and often witty analyses of human behaviour and the richness of her reflections on Māori life and history have won her a cult following.

Talia received a stipend of $15,000 to write and research a new prose work for three months. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, her Wellington-based residency was cut short. However, she continued to work on her project from home and hopes to return to Wellington for further research at a later date.

Read more:

'Laughter makes the river rise better than her rain' (Best New Zealand Poems, 2019)

'Wild Swans': Talia Marshall on Janet Frame and the Seacliff Asylum (Newsroom, August 2019)

'On the marae': a personal essay by Talia Marsall (The Spinoff, Nov 2016)