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Jackson wins Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship

New Zealand poet Anna Jackson has won the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship for 2015.The fellowship provides the winner with a three-month residency in Menton, France, where Mansfield lived and wrote during the latter part of her life, and NZ$35,000 (A$32,494). Jackson is the author of seven collections of poetry. She plans to use the residency to work on a new collection of pastoral poetry. ‘My second collection of poetry was The Pastoral Kitchen [Auckland University Press], published in 2001. I would like to start again with the pastoral, but I imagine this new collection taking it into some more surprising and darker places, travelling along metaphysical paths as well as the brambled and boggy paths of the real world,’ said Jackson. ‘The Menton Fellowship will provide perspective for thinking about New Zealand in relation to elsewhere, and for thinking about place both metaphorically and very literally.’

The Menton Fellowship is open to established and mid-career New Zealand writers. It is an initiative of the Winn-Manson Menton Trust and is administered by Creative New Zealand.

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