Literary Patronage

The Robert Burns Fellowship, New Zealand’s oldest and most prestigious literary fellowship, is based at the University of Otago. In collaboration with Creative New Zealand, the university is also the only tertiary institution to offer a residency for writers of children’s books; the University of Otago College of Education Writer in Residence programme. The university also houses the Otakou Press room which offers the opportunity to experiment with traditional letter-press printing through a Printer in Residence programme. Since the programme’s inception in 2003, limited editions of works by such highly respected poets as Ruth Dallas, Hone Tuwhare and Brian Turner have been produced using this method of printing.

At Broad Bay on the Otago Peninsula, the Caselberg Trust has turned the former home of writer John Caselberg and his wife, artist Anna Caselberg, into a residence for visiting writers and artists. In 2010, the Caselberg Trust inaugurated the annual Caselberg International Poetry prize, the winning entries of which are published in the Landfall literary magazine.

The Janet Frame Literary Trust, based in Dunedin, makes annual awards to a New Zealand poet or fiction writer, or a literary organisation which directly benefits New Zealand writers.

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