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Berlin Writers’ Residency Applications Called For

Creative New Zealand seeks applications to its Berlin Writers’ Residency

Creative New Zealand is calling for applications to its prestigious Creative New Zealand Berlin Writers’ Residency, which offers a New Zealand writer the opportunity to live and write in Berlin for a period of nine months.

Worth approximately $60,000, the residency covers the rental costs of the apartment in the centre of Berlin. It also includes a stipend of NZ$3000 a month and a return airfare from New Zealand to Germany.

This is the fourth year that Creative New Zealand has offered the residency. Previous recipients are Sarah Quigley and Tina Shaw. The 2002 recipient is Kapka Kassabova.

Kassabova, currently in Berlin, has been working on her fourth novel and has completed a new collection of poetry, Someone Else’s Life, which will be published by British publisher Bloodaxe Books in May.

“Berlin is one of the most interesting places in Europe and living here has been a truly enriching and inspiring experience,” Kassabova says. “It has also given me the valuable opportunity to write for nine months in financial stability, build international networks and have a book published in Britain.”

Murray Shaw, Chair of the Arts Board of Creative New Zealand, says a number of New Zealand writers and artists have formed strong connections with Berlin.

“The residency is a wonderful opportunity for New Zealand writers to live in a cultural hub of Europe and devote themselves to writing over a sustained period of time,” Mr Shaw says. “Arts Board investment in this residency is considerable but we believe the benefits to New Zealand writers and writing are wide-ranging.”

Mr Shaw says that as part of its ongoing evaluation of its activities, the Arts Board will review the writers’ residency in conjunction with the recipients, informal partners and other stakeholders.

As well as supporting other international residencies for artists, the Arts Board currently co-funds five writer-in-residence programmes at New Zealand universities, plus a children’s writer-in-residence programme at the Dunedin College of Education.

The residency guidelines and application form can be downloaded from Creative New Zealand’s website (www.creativenz.govt.nz) or by contacting Rosemary Wildblood (Tel: 04-498 0741 Email: rosemaryw@creativenz.govt.nz) or Danielle Tolson (Tel: 04-473 0184 Email: daniellet@creativenz.govt.nz).

Applications close on Friday, 31 March. The 2003 recipient will be chosen by a selection committee, appointed by Creative New Zealand.

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