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Auckland Mayoral Writers Grant winner announced 


Glen Eden resident, Dr Scott Hamilton, has been named as the inaugural winner of the Auckland Mayoral Writers Grant.

Dr Hamilton will receive an award of $12,000 on the completion of his non-fiction prose poem Fragments of the Great South Road.

Mayor Len Brown established the grant to capture Auckland life in the written word.

“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,” says Len Brown.

“Dr Hamilton’s proposal to write on the history and continuing relevance of the Great South Road was a perfect example of the kind of work the grant was encouraging.”

Dr Hamilton’s Fragments of the Great South Road will be a prose poem/essay that will work towards an illustrated book and a documentary film script. The work aims to show the continuing historical importance of the Great South Road in the present; to display and celebrate South Auckland; and to celebrate the work of visual artists, musicians, auteurs, dancers and writers associated with the road.

The assessors considered Dr Hamilton’s proposal to be an “inspiring and audacious project that will create an important piece of enduringly relevant writing about Auckland”.

“I’m thrilled at the response we’ve had,” says Mr Brown. “We had 52 entries, covering a wide-range of styles and genres. The external assessment panel had a tough job, but they were unanimous about the winner.

“The inaugural Writers Grant has achieved exactly what I wanted it to - to help capture Auckland in the written word, and to back our local literary talent to do that.”

The two other writers short-listed were:

  • Renee Liang – Fortune (a play)
  • Courtney Meredith – Love Culture Other (a book length collection of poems)

The Mayoral reception to announce the grant winner coincides with the 2015 Auckland Writers Festival.

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