For 40 years it was a lifeline for many New Zealand writers and publishers - and now the history of the New Zealand Literary Fund is itself the subject of a book. The Fund morphed into the Arts Council in the late 1980s after giving out thousands of pounds during its lifetime, helping writers like Maurice Gee, Maurice Shadbolt and Dame Fiona Kidman when they really needed it. Elizabeth Caffin has co-written the fund's history, charting its life story and some controversies along the way. Elizabeth and the late Andrew Mason have written The Deepening Stream, A History of the New Zealand Literary Fund. It's published by Victoria University Press.