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University of Otago CISS Irish and Scottish Writers Fellowships

The University of Otago CISS Irish Writers Fellowship and the University of Otago CISS Scottish Writers Fellowship are literary residencies based at the Caselberg House on New Zealand’s Otago Peninsula. The Scottish Writers Fellowship and the Irish Writers Fellowship are offered in alternate years. The Fellowships are open to writers of Irish or Scottish residency, background or affiliation.

About the Fellowship
Generously supported by the Stuart Residence Halls Council, the Eamon Cleary Trust, the Caselberg Trust and the University of Otago, the Fellowships provide an opportunity for Irish and Scottish writers to live and work for a two-month period in New Zealand. The Fellowships aim to facilitate and encourage literary and cultural exchange between Ireland and Scotland and Aotearoa New Zealand. The holders will be invited to address and mentor students in the Irish and Scottish Studies and Creative Writing programmes, and will participate in a number of public events.  

Holders of the Fellowships will be accommodated at the fully furnished Caselberg Cottage at Broad Bay on the Otago Peninsula for the months of September and October. They will receive a stipend of $6,000, the use of a car, and office space in the Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies.

Previous holders include Dame Fiona Kidman, Damian Barr, Louise Welsh and Andrew Greig.

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Robert Lord Cottage

The Robert Lord Cottage in Titan Street, North Dunedin is on the fringe of the student campus, and was once the home of the playwright Robert Lord (1945-1992), who left it in trust as a rent-free writer’s residence.

This hundred year old worker’s cottage features three furnished rooms and a courtyard garden and residents have included Gary Henderson, Renee, Jan Bolwell, Vanessa Rhodes, Vincent O'Sullivan, Branwen Millar and Paul Rothwell. Residencies of 3 to 6 months are available to New Zealand citizens.

More information about the residency and how to apply.

Caselberg Trust

Caselberg Trust offers a wide programme of residencies each year, across all creative media – visual, writing, sound/music, dance/performance.

Residencies vary from funded to self-funded/sponsored, and are awarded by direct invitation by the Trustees or following an application process.

The Caselberg Trust actively encourages residencies and creative projects that fosters dialogue and establishes links with the wider Otago/Southland community.

For further information and an application form, go to the Caselberg Trust site.

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