Eleanor Catton awarded 2012 University of Auckland Residency — 16.11.11

Eleanor Catton, Arts Foundation New Generation Artist, and rising star of New Zealand fiction writing, whose first novel had a big international impact, has been awarded a six-month residency in Auckland in 2012.

Eleanor Catton has been awarded the six-month University of Auckland residency at the Michael King Writers' Centre, which runs from July 2012.

Eleanor plans to work on a quartet of novels for young adults, which will read as "fantastical thrillers". They will be based on the seventeenth century Enlightenment, conceiving that period in Western history as the death of magic and the beginning of a new world order, a transition from a feudal worldview into a more democratic one.


The residency is a partnership among The University of Auckland, Creative New Zealand and the Michael King Writers' Centre. It aims to foster New Zealand writing by providing an opportunity for an author to work full-time on a major project in an academic environment. The residency comes with a $30,000 stipend, together with free accommodation and a studio working space at the Michael King Writers' Centre in Devonport, Auckland.


The Michael King Writers' Centre will host three more residencies, each of eight weeks, next year. An announcement about these residencies will be made soon.