New Zealand Embassy Berlin, Germany
Creative New Zealand Berlin Writers’ Residency: Kate Camp
Wellington-born poet Kate Camp, arrived in Berlin in early September as the recipient of the 2011 Creative New Zealand Berlin Writers’ Residency.
Kate Camp is a poet, writes literary reviews for Radio NZ and literary essays. Her first anthology of poems Unfamiliar Legends of the Stars (1998) won the best first book of New Zealand poetry award in 1999. Since then she has published Realia (2001), Beauty Sleep (2005), a collection of literary essays Kate’s Klassics (2006), and her recent anthology of poems The Mirror of Simple Annihilated Souls (2010), won the 2011 New Zealand Post Book Award for Poetry.
Previous recipients of the Creative New Zealand Berlin Writers’ Residency are Sir James McNeish, Sarah Quigley, Tina Shaw, Kapka Kassabova, Philip Temple, Tim Corballis and Lloyd Jones.
The biennial Writers’ Residency is Creative New Zealand’s largest residency for writers and is highly regarded in literary circles. Established in 2000, it enables a New Zealand writer to focus on a writing project over a sustained period and respond to the life, people and culture of Berlin. The Creative New Zealand Berlin Writers’ Residency alternates with the biennial Creative New Zealand Berlin Visual Artists’ Residency at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien.
Programmes like the Berlin Writers’ Residency are an important strand in the relationship between New Zealand and Germany. Cultural links between the two countries are already well-established. Given the steady stream of New Zealand artists visiting Germany, there seems to be significant potential for further expansion.
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