Auckland Mayoral Writer’s Grant winner announced: poet Grace Taylor!

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 ofMangere, 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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