Writer in residence

The University of Auckland Residency enables a writer to reside for six months of the year at the Michael King Writers Centre, which is located in an historic villa in Devonport.

We work in partnership with the Michael King Writers Centre and Te Waka Toi, Creative New Zealand to host the University of Auckland Residency. The residency includes a financial stipend and other benefits, along with an opportunity to contribute to teaching and mentoring within the School of Humanities.

Victor Rodger: 2018 University of Auckland Residency

Victor is a writer of Samoan and Scottish descent. His first play, Sons, debuted in 1995. Since then his plays have included, My Name is Gary Cooper (2007) and Black Faggot (2013), both of which have been performed internationally.

Of his residency at the Michael King Writers Centre, Victor says "the writer's shed out back, with its lopsided window, is the jewel in the crown here: the perfect refuge to write, to read, to sleep, to think, to hide…"

Previous writers in residence

  • Frankie McMillan,  2017
  • Vivienne Plumb, 2016
  • Rochelle Bright, 2015
  • Anne Kennedy, 2014
  • Sarah Laing, 2013
  • Eleanor Catton, 2012
  • Michelanne Forster, 2011
  • Bill Direen, 2010
  • Ian Wedde, 2009
  • Chris Price, 2008
  • Dylan Horrocks, 2007