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Writers, publishers and festival event organisers are invited to apply for Round 1 of the 2014/2015 International Travel Fund grants, administered by the New Zealand Book Council, in partnership with Creative New Zealand. Applications must be submitted by 5pm Friday 29 August 2014.
The purpose of the International Travel Fund is to showcase New Zealand writing talent overseas by supporting New Zealand writers to attend a range of key international writing festivals and events.
Applications can be made at any time but will be considered twice a year. Applications for Round 1 of the 2014/2015 programme close at 5pm on Friday 29 August. Applicants will be notified by Tuesday 9 September.
Applicants are advised that funding will not be granted for retrospective attendance to festivals.
Priority will be given to those applications that align with Creative New Zealand’s strategic initiatives, such as the Te Manu Ka Tau international visitors’ programme, and the Focus on Asia initiative, including New Zealand’s presence as Guest of Honour at the Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE) in 2015.
In addition, we anticipate building strong relationships with close neighbours Australia and key international English language festivals in the UK, Canada and the United States. The current target festivals are:
Perth Writers Festival (Feb/Mar 2015)
Adelaide Festival/ Adelaide Writers' Week (Feb/Mar 2015)
Sydney Writers’ Festival (May 2015)
Byron Bay Writers Festival (August 2015)
Melbourne Writers Festival (August 2015)
Brisbane Writers Festival (September 2015)
Hay on Wye Festival (May 2015)
Edinburgh International Book Festival (August 2015)
The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival (October 2015)
Individual enquiries accepted
International Festival of Authors, Harborfront Toronto (October 2015)
WordFest, Calgary, Banff (October 2015)
Vancouver Writers Festival (October 2015)
Man Hong Kong Literary Festival (March 2015)
Singapore Writers Festival (November 2015)
Ubud Writers Festival, Bali (October, 2015)
Other literary festivals in the North East Asia region particularly South Korea, Taiwan, China, and Japan
Berlin International Literature Festival (September 2015)
We will also consider applications from other festivals and event organisers for initiatives that support Creative New Zealand’s strategic outcomes. However, priority will be given to the festivals listed above.
The Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) in partnership with Creative New Zealand supports the translation of New Zealand literature into foreign languages. Information on the New Zealand Literature Translations Grant Programme can be found here www.publishers.org.nz/translation.
We will accept applications from publishers who wish to invite a writer whose book has been supported through the Translation Fund to participate in promotional tours. This must directly relate to the marketing of the book funded through this initiative.
Travel to other literary events and funding for other international opportunities can be applied for through Creative New Zealand Contestable Funding. Please see their website for details: http://www.creativenz.govt.nz/en/getting-funded
How to apply
For further information on how to apply for the International Travel Fund, visit the NZ Book Council website: http://www.bookcouncil.org.nz/Book Council/Programmes/International Programme
If you require further information on New Zealand authors who might be suitable for international events please contact Book Council Chief Executive Catriona Ferguson: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are invited from graphic novelists and comic artists who wish to participate in a residential exchange between Taiwan and New Zealand. The exchange will enable three New Zealand artists to collaborate on the creation of a single graphic novel with three of their peers from Taiwan. The completed work will be published in a joint initiative by the Publishers Association of New Zealand and the Taipei Book Fair Foundation and launched at the Taipei International Book Exhibition in February 2015, where New Zealand will be the Guest of Honour.
The first phase of the residency will take place in the Auckland region from Monday 13 October 2014 to Saturday 18 October 2014. The second phase will be in Taiwan and will take place from Monday 2 February 2015 to Friday 6 February 2015. The successful applicants will also be invited to remain in Taiwan for part of the Book Fair which will take place from 11–16 February 2015. Occasional video conferencing or Skype opportunities between the collaborators will also be made available.
The aim of the exchange is to:
- foster collaboration between artists
- enable the creation and publication of a cross-cultural graphic novel
- create an opportunity for graphic novels to be discussed and explored within an international context.
A fee of $2,500 is offered to each participating graphic novelist. This fee includes the cost of any artist materials required. If necessary, travel expenses to Auckland will be covered. Accommodation and meals will be provided during the period of the residency.
Travel to Taiwan and accommodation and per diems in Taiwan will also be covered.
The opportunity is open to graphic novelists and comic artists who can demonstrate a successful track record in the genre. This is likely to include a publication, either online or in print.
Applicants must be a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident.
Applicants must be available to participate and travel to both Auckland and Taiwan on the appropriate dates.
Applicants should provide a covering letter which includes the following details:
- an outline of the applicant’s strengths and suitability for the residency
- ideas on how to create a successful collaborative process within the context of this project
- details of any experience of working on a collaborative artistic project
- confirmation of availability on the stipulated dates.
Applicants are also asked to provide a relevant CV. If appropriate, please also include one copy of a recent publication.
Two letters of support which outline the applicant’s suitability for the project may be included with the application.
Applications close at 5.00pm on Monday 11 August, 2014.
Please send your cover letter and CV to Book Council Chief Executive Catriona Ferguson by email email@example.com or post applications to:
Graphic Novelist Residency
New Zealand Book Council
Level 4, 156–158 Victoria St
Te Aro Wellington 0630
If you have any questions please email Catriona Ferguson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 021 0248 2637.
For further information about New Zealand’s Guest of Honour programme at the Taipei International Book Exhibition please visit http://tinyurl.com/o9tt7pn
We gratefully acknowledge Creative New Zealand support for this project.
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