Auckland poet Heidi North-Bailey has been selected as the second New Zealand writer to join the Shanghai Writers’ Association’s Writing Programme. Her residency is part of an exchange initiated through the New Zealand China Friendship Society’s Simon Deng Li Fund in partnership with the Michael King Writers Centre.
Heidi will join writers from Argentina, Spain, Israel, Russia, USA, and Poland for two months in Shanghai in September and October 2016. She will stay in an inner-city apartment rent-free and be given modest spending money.
She will be following the footsteps of celebrated Auckland poet Ron (R.A.K.) Mason, the inaugural NZCFS President, who led the Society’s first tour to the New China in 1957.
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