Pacific poet receives residency

A poet of Tongan-Rotuman heritage has been awarded a prestigious artist’s residency to Hawaii.

David Eggleton, one of New Zealand’s most pre-eminent poets, has received the 2017 Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer’s residency. Eggleton said he felt motivated to apply after his mother died, and he was looking forward to working on two main pieces of work — poetry and prose.

“I just write about Pasifika, in relation to my own family history and that of my maternal side and how we were brought up as a family, first in Fiji and later brought here to Aotearoa New Zealand and just the way that impacted on the shape my life has taken.”

“I’ve been writing for quite a while now and its now time to focus on the root causes of my writing and why I choose to write the way I do.”

He won best poetry book in the Ockham National Book Awards 2016 and the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Excellence in Poetry that same year.

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