29 May 2016

Paula Morris - Academy of NZ Literature

From Standing Room Only, 2:40 pm on 29 May 2016
Selina Tusitala Marsh and Paula Morris.

Selina Tusitala Marsh and Paula Morris. Photo: Supplied

A newly launched academy for New Zealand literature has sparked a war of words between writers for and against it.  Writer Paula Morris wants to support mid-career authors by encouraging writing, discussion and overseas interest in their work. But it's invitation only, only open to adult fiction writers at this stage, and its association with Auckland University is putting some people off joining. There have been terse exchanges on the Academy of New Zealand Literature site and other outlets.  Paula's just left to take up a six week residency in Denmark, but she's not leaving the controversy behind her.