The writers exchange between China and the Michael King Writers Centre was initiated in 2013 as one of the first projects of the RAFE Fund. It is now under the aegis of the DENG Fund and Frances will be the third NZ writer to attend the Shanghai Writers residency. In return for hosting a writer from Shanghai every second year at the MKWC, we are invited to nominate a New Zealand writer to spend 6 weeks in Shanghai as one of their writers in residence
Kathleen Hall is one of our NZCFS icons. The Hamilton branch received a grant from the RAFE Fund to produce a DVD on her story a few years ago; it remains a work in progress.