Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship awarded to Tanya Moir


Two leading New Zealand fiction writers have been announced as the recipients of the annual Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship for 2013.Tanya-website

The two new fellows, Hamish Clayton and Tanya Moir, will each spend five months in residence at the Sargeson Centre in central Auckland and receive a $20,000 grant.

Buddle Findlay National Chairman Peter Chemis says the fellowship is about giving New Zealand writers the freedom to craft their stories.

“It has given creative space to some of New Zealand’s most notable writers, allowing them time to develop and polish their ideas into works that become part of our heritage” he said.

“Being a writer can be a difficult task, it requires a lot of self sacrifice. Our involvement with the fellowship acknowledges this”.

Tanya Moir, is a novelist based at Muriwai in Auckland, Had her first novel La Rochelle’s Road published by Random House New Zealand in 2011 and her second novel Anticipation is due to be published in March 2013. Tanya has previously been long-listed for the Commonwealth Book Prize. Her career, prior to writing novels, included stints as a radio copywriter, print journalist and television promo producer.

Tanya is a graduate of the Hagley Writers’ Institute and was the first recipient of the Margaret Mahy Award for best portfolio.

Tanya says of the fellowship “I’m hugely excited to be given the chance to sit down to five months of uninterrupted, guilt-free work on my new project. After some years of living and writing in relatively remote locations, it will be fabulous to have not only the quiet of the Sargeson Centre in which to work, but research facilities like the Central and Auckland University Libraries on my doorstep”.

Tanya plans to use her time at the Sargeson Centre to work on the first draft of her new novel, a contemporary western about an “outlaw” and would-be cowboy who has gone to ground in the hills of Central Otago.

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