The University of Otago College of Education/Creative New Zealand Children's Writer in Residence

The University of Otago is the only tertiary institute in New Zealand which offers a residency for a children's writer. Begun by the Dunedin College of Education in 1992, it allows writers to work full time in a compatible environment among colleagues who are concerned with the teaching of reading and literature to children. Remuneration of $28,000 is jointly funded by the University and Creative New Zealand.

The residency is open to established children's writers who are normally resident in New Zealand. The annual residency is for a six month period between February and August and includes an office within the College.

The residency is offered in association with the Robert Lord Trust which provides rent-free accommodation to writers in the historic Titan Street cottage bequeathed by the late playwright Robert Lord.

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Raymond Huber

University of Otago College of Education/Creative New Zealand Children's Writer in Residence 2018

Raymond Huber is an author and freelance editor, with a wealth of experience as a teacher, editor, and a writer of fiction and non-fiction. He has received numerous awards and shortlisting in prestigious Children’s Book Awards, nationally and internationally. He has a story in the Te Papa children’s book Curioseum (2014) and was the McGonagall poetry prize winner in 2005.

At the core of his productivity is Raymond’s ability to merge a love of children’s literature with science. His children's novels, Sting and Wings, are science-based fantasy; his picture books, Flight of the Honey Bee and Gecko, are published internationally; and Peace Warriors, is a YA book about non-violent resistance. Raymond has also written many educational workbooks, school readers and radio plays.

Raymond lives with author/publisher Penelope Todd on the Otago Peninsula; they have three children and two grandsons.

“I'm very grateful for this Fellowship – what a privilege to be able to devote six months to imagination and writing in a place where people value reading and literature. I’ll be working on a children's book about trees; celebrating the science of trees and telling the stories of people who loved trees.”

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