Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Elizabeth Knox to receive Michael King Writer’s Fellowship

Elizabeth Knox to receive Michael King Writer’s Fellowship


Creative New Zealand says this year’s $100,000 Michael King Writer’s Fellowship will go to author Elizabeth Knox to write a memoir based on her experiences of illness and violent death in her family.

One of New Zealand’s best-loved writers, Knox says she wants to write about “the four years during which, among other things, my mother was diagnosed as suffering from Progressive Bulsar Palsy (a form of Motor Neurone Disease) and I was her principle caregiver and my brother-in-law died as a result of an act of intentional violence.”

“I want to write a very personal story that intersects with lots of people’s experience – their experience if not now, then one day.”

The selection panel for the award (Kate Camp, David Hill and Iain Sharp) were unanimous in their enthusiasm for the project:

“The project excites and engages me, and I'd love to see her complete it.”

“She's at the top of her game and already has a big following and the subject matter for her memoir -- how to cope with ageing, mental illness and violent death in the family -- will interest almost everyone. I expect the finished book (or books) to be an international bestseller, much as Joan Didion's grief memoirs The Year of Magical Thinking and Blue Nights were.”

“I feel that Knox has the chops to carry it off and write a compelling and profound book. I finished the application thinking – I want to read this book (and also, I’m scared to read this book).”

Elizabeth Knox will be the twelfth recipient of the Michael King Fellowship since its establishment in 2003. The award was renamed in recognition of the late Michael King for his contribution to literature and his role in advocating for a major fellowship for New Zealand writers.

The fellowship is available to established New Zealand authors of any literary genre with a significant publication record. It is offered annually for writers working on a major project which will take two years or more to complete.

Previous recipients of the Creative New Zealand Michael King Writer’s Fellowship are Fiona Farrell, Owen Marshall, Vincent O’Sullivan, CK Stead, Rachel Barrowman, Neville Peat, Dame Fiona Kidman, Philip Simpson, Kate De Goldi, Peter Wells and Dr Peter Simpson.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Anniversaries: Vivid Memories Four Years After Christchurch Quake

Four years ago, an earthquake that would change the lives of thousands shook Christchurch at 12.51 p.m. More>>

ALSO:

Environment 'n' Conservation: Slash Meets Tāne The Tuatara

Rock and Roll superstar and former Guns 'n' Roses guitarist Slash visited Zealandia Ecosanctuary along with collaborating band Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. More>>

Foo Fighters: Exclusive Show In Support Of Music Foundation

Frontier Touring has today announced that the Foo Fighters will play a last minute intimate and exclusive benefit show at the Auckland Town Hall this Friday February 20 with all profits going to The New Zealand Music Foundation. More>>

ALSO:

Canterbury Quakes: Feedback Sought On Short-Listed Memorial Designs

Six short-listed designs for the Canterbury Earthquake Memorial have been released for public input... The Memorial will honour the victims of Canterbury’s earthquakes and acknowledge the suffering of all those who lived through them as well as the heroism of those who participated in the rescue and recovery operations. More>>

ALSO:

Celia Lashlie: Legacy Will Live On

Social justice advocate Celia Lashlie leaves a legacy that will continue to have a positive impact on the lives of New Zealanders for years to come, Labour Leader Andrew Little says. “Celia was a powerful voice for reason, sense and compassion. Her work, particularly with teenage boys, was ground-breaking." More>>

ALSO:

Obituary: Sad Farewell To PPTA Activist Robin Duff

Duff has been a long-time fixture of the association... Most recently Duff has been working hard to support Canterbury teachers through the quakes that devastated the region. More>>

ALSO:

Poroporoaki: Dr Apirana Tuahae Kaukapakapa Mahuika

Papa Api was a man of many great gifts and occupied a long list of roles including priest, teacher, scholar, politician, and leader. Chair of Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou, and a rangatira of his iwi... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news