Six local writers will take on micro-residencies in November thanks to the annual writers’ festival LitCrawl Wellington and Starling, the online literary journal for young New Zealand writers.
The writers will be in residence at five Wellington art galleries on the weekend of 10 and 11 November, and read from their work at a Starling session as a part of the LitCrawl programme.
Aimee-Jane Anderson-O’Connor will be in residence at Bartley + Co, 56A Ghuznee Street, to work towards the completion of her first collection of poems.
Eleanor Rose King Merton will be in residence at Meanwhile Gallery, 99/2 Willis Street, to work on new poems investigating the geological, domestic and autobiographical, as well as engaging with the works in the gallery space.
Isabelle McNeur will be in residence at Enjoy Gallery, 147 Cuba Street, to work on her young adult novel Fistfights, which revolves around a group of unlikely friends who start a fight club at their all-girls high school.
Rebecca Hawkes and essa may ranapiri will be in residence at the City Gallery, Civic Square, to work on a collaborative book tentatively titled eater be eaten, which draws from the work of painters Adrian Cox and Marianne North amongst others.
And Ruby Solly (Ngāi Tahu) will be in residence at Bowen Galleries, 39 Ghuznee Street to work on expanding a suite of poems entitled Toku Pāpā, concerning how a Māori identity is explored and nourished through family connections and the tensions and releases that this provides.