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Mayor to establish Auckland Writers’ Grant

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EMBARGO 7pm, 15 May, 2014

Mayor to establish Auckland Writers’ Grant

Auckland Mayor Len Brown today announced that he will establish an Auckland writers’ grant worth $10,000 per annum to support emerging and talented Auckland writers.

The Mayor will convene a group from the literary sector to design and develop the grant and application process, with a view to making the first grant in 2015.

It will be open to writers based in the Auckland region, with the first two years funded from the Mayoral budget.

Speaking at the Auckland Writers Festival, the Mayor said:

“My intention is to give emerging and talented writers from Auckland an opportunity to develop their work for a broader audience.

“I hope that this will be a good complement to national awards such as the Michael King and Katherine Mansfield prizes, and the range of grants from Creative New Zealand.

“There is no shortage of great literary talent in our region and I am keen to encourage efforts to support and develop this talent.”

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