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Applications Open for 2015 Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship

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Applications Open for 2015 Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship

AUCKLAND, 23 September 2014 - Applications have opened for the 2015 Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship. The Fellowship is a national literary award offering published New Zealand writers the opportunity to focus on their craft full-time, providing an annual stipend and tenure at the Sargeson Centre in Auckland.

“The Fellowship has been an important feature in the New Zealand literary landscape for more than 25 years, recognising and supporting some of our greatest talents,” says Paul Grimshaw, Partner, Grimshaw & Co.

“The Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship offers New Zealand writers the time, space and financial support to develop their craft, and we are very proud to support them in making their contribution to our rich literary culture,” says Grimshaw.

Chair of the Sargeson Trust, Elizabeth Aitken Rose, says the fellowship is open to any published New Zealand writer, either living here or overseas.

“In the spirit of acknowledging Frank Sargeson’s own contribution to New Zealand writers, the Fellowship continues to offer our promising writers – wherever they may be – the freedom, space and encouragement they need, often at a critical time in their writing career.”

The Fellowship was established 28 years ago to commemorate Frank Sargeson and provide assistance to New Zealand writers. It offers outstanding writers the opportunity to write full-time, free from financial pressure, along with providing them with tenure at the Sargeson Centre, adjacent to the University of Auckland.

Previous winners

Last year the Fellowship was awarded to joint winners, Bianca Zander and Alice Miller, who each took up the residence for four months.

Previous fellows include: Gregory O’Brien, Alan Duff, Elspeth Sandys, Michael King, Marilyn Duckworth, Kapka Kassabova, Charlotte Grimshaw, Toa Fraser, Fiona Samuels, Emily Perkins, Paula Morris, Steve Braunias, Sonja Yelich, Mark Broatch. A full list of fellows can be provided by the Frank Sargeson Trust.

Applications

Applications close Friday 24 October, with tenure due to start 1 April 2015.

For more information and application forms, visit www.grimshaw.co.nz/about-us, or contact Elizabeth Bennie at elizabeth.bennie@grimshaw.co.nz or +64 9 375 2393.

-ENDS-

About Grimshaw & Co

Grimshaw & Co are leaders in dispute resolution, with experience across all areas of civil and commercial litigation. Established in 2005, Grimshaw & Co have offices in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

About Frank Sargeson Trust

The Frank Sargeson Trust was formed in 1983 by Christine Cole Catley, Frank Sargeson's heir and executor. The Trust aims to continue Sargeson's lifelong generosity to writers through providing residential fellowships while preserving his house in Takapuna, Auckland, as New Zealand's first literary museum. The first fellowship was awarded to Janet Frame in 1987.


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