The future of one of the country's top literary fellowships
Since 1970 the Katherine Mansfield Menton fellowship has been awarded to a New Zealand writer each year, who gets access for a period of six months or more to the writing room in the Villa Isola Bella where Katherine Mansfield once lived in Menton. The award is currently worth $75,000. The trust, which administers the fellowship has not been able to secure another sponsor since losing New Zealand Post's support about four years ago. Richard Cathie is the chair of the Winn-Manson Menton Trust; and Mandy Hager is the most recent recipient of the Mention Fellowship.