Liz Breslin, local Hawea Flat writer, poet and playwright, has been accepted for a two-month writer in residence programme at the Kraków UNESCO City of Literature Residency Programme in Kraków, Poland. Breslin will be travelling there in September and will be meeting with other international writers, sharing her own work, and working on some spoken-word essays she has already started here in Wanaka. The programme is open to applicants under 45 with links to one of 28 international cities of literature.
UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) is an international organisation committed to creating cultural links between creatives across the world. The City of Literature Residency Programme welcomes a group of writers each year to develop and share their work on an international stage.
Breslin is a prolific creator of very polished work, including last year’s pantomime Jac and the Beansprouts. She currently has a fortnightly column in the Otago Daily Times, ‘Thinking Allowed,’ and is also the schools coordinator for the Festival of Colour. Her poetry collection, Alzheimers and a spoon was listed on the NZ Listener’s ‘Top 100 Books of 2017’. She had applied for the programme twice prior to being accepted, but was not accepted until this year. “I’ve spent a long, long time applying for lots of things like this and I think it has helped me be a stronger, clearer writer over the years even to apply, because each time I apply I have to act as if I think I might get it and come up with the best ideas and the best of myself,” she said.
Breslin is very thankful for the opportunity she’s been given and the congratulations the community has offered her, “Yes. I’m feeling very grateful. And also I’m feeling very supported by all the congratulations I’m getting,” she said. “I’m going to do my best to live up to this opportunity.”