RAK Mason


This artist – traditionally a writer, as was RAK Mason (1905-1971) – engages with the community through connecting with the literary activities in the region.

The purpose of this RAK Mason Fellowship is to encourage creativity, to explore the different literary forms or genres and their potential, and to honour one of New Zealand’s foremost writers, RAK Mason (1905-1971), with his intense energy, commitment to literature, and his interest in the ways different literary forms inform each other. The Fellow works in the garden-facing Mason Room.

NZPS welcomes applications from writers of all cultures who seek a similar focus through sustained activity. Applicants can be working in any way and do not have to relate to RAK Mason in terms of style or content. While in residence, Fellows are encouraged to engage with the community through a reading or a workshop or the like.

Selection is based on the nature and strength of an applicant’s proposed project and the degree to which both the Fellow and the local community will benefit from it (although the focus remains on supporting the writer in the serious creation of their work). Applicants can be at any stage in their creative ‘careers.’

Application deadline: 1 August 2019 - CLOSED

Residency period: 3 weeks, must be undertaken before 15 December 2019

Apply here.

Sponsor: Derek Daniell and Christine Hunt-Daniell (Note: Funding an annual decision.)

Recent Fellows:

2014 - Tracy Farr, fiction writer, Wellington. Farr worked on her second novel (The Hope Vault) at NZPS and led a workshop on writing the novel. She also began the short story 'Once Had Me' which went on to win the 2014 Sunday Star Times Short Story Award. Here is her blog entry about her Fellowship.

2015 - Madeleine Slavick author and photographer, USA/Hong Kong/NZ. During her fellowship, Slavick prepared a book manuscript of work set in the Wairarapa, and exhibited 'Hong Kong Song' at Aratoi Museum, later travelling the show to Wallace Arts Centre, Auckland, as part of the Auckland Arts Festival.

2016 - Annabel Wilson, writer, Wanaka/Wellington. Wilson developed the screenplay for 'No Science to Goodbye', narrating its first performance (excerpts) at Mount Bruce Community Hall, later travelling it to Rippon Hall in Wanaka for the Festival of Colour, and to BATS Theatre, Wellington.

2017 - Sian ni Mhuiri, playwright/dramatist, Ireland. Her Fellowship project was developing a play about her NZ and Irish grandmothers, in English, Gaelic and Te Reo. She collaborated with Auckland poet Makyla Curtis - for more: Radio New Zealand Interview and Wairarapa News article

2018 - Melanie Carter, poet and educator, Egypt/USA, teaches composition and creative writing at The American University in Cairo. In 2015-6, she traveled to New Zealand and considered the connections between creativity and the geological dynamism of Aotearoa's islands, spending several months at NZ Pacific Studio.  During her 2018 Fellowship, she transcribed the voices of Normandell and its garden, and worked on a long poem she began in 2015; she also co-facilitated a free writing workshop at Masterton District Library.

2019 - Jackie Davis, from New Zealand, is the award-winning author of two novels (Breathe and Swim, published by Penguin NZ Ltd ), plays (Whether I Fall, a one-act play, and A Time Like This, a full-length play, both of which she also directed), fiction and poetry that has been published in New Zealand, Australia, Japan and the US. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Victoria University, of Wellingto, received the NZSAs’ Foxton Fellowship and the Lilian Ida Smith Award, and has undertaken writing residencies both in New Zealand and overseas. Her short fiction for both adults and children has been broadcast on RNZ National. During her three-week RAK Mason Fellowship, she will work on a full-length novel.