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Auckland Mayoral Writers Grant winner announced 


Papatoetoe resident Grace Taylor has been awarded the second annual Auckland Mayoral Writers Grant.

Grace’s winning proposal was for City of Undone Darlings, a poetry collection intended for publication in paperback and as an e-book, and for performance.

Mayor Len Brown established the $12,000 grant in 2014 to capture Auckland life in the written word. It is awarded to local writers on completion of a quality text work about living in Auckland.

"I established this grant to support our local literary talent to capture our young city in the written word,” says Len Brown .

"Auckland has a relatively short history, but it is a great history to reflect back on and a great future to look forward to as our city undergoes a major transformation.

"I’m thrilled at the response we’ve had - 55 entries in all, covering a wide-range of styles and genres.”

The two other shortlisted writers were Louise Tu’u of Kingsland for Magdalena of Mangere, a script for theatre and film and Professor Tony Watkins or Karaka Bay for Taurere: A history of Karaka Bay - non-fiction.

The grant assessors agreed all three shortlisted finalists were outstanding candidates who demonstrated heart and talent.

They praised Louise Tu’u’s script for its “ambitious reach and fresh and imaginative perspective” and highly commended the scope and range of the ideas in Professor Watkins’ proposal as well as the originality of its emphasis on looking back at the history of Taurere Karaka Bay in order to look forward.

The assessors also had universal enthusiasm for Grace Taylor’s proposal to evoke the social landscape of Auckland through five diverse and credible characters presented with humour and affection.

Dr Scott Hamilton of Glen Eden won the inaugural grant in 2015 for his project, Fragments of the Great South Road.

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