CCE writing tutor, David Lyndon Brown receives Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship
David Lyndon Brown is one of those exceptional people who not only writes brilliantly but can also inspire others to do the same.
He is the author of Calling the Fish and Other Stories (2001 University of Otago Press), Marked Men (2007 Titus Books) and Skin Hunger (2009 Titus Books).
Over the past few years David has taught a number of writing courses for the Centre for Continuing Education (CCE) and his unique teaching style combined with his insightful feedback makes him a favourite with both budding and experienced writers. As one student said after attending David’s evening course, In at the Deep End: Writing Short Fiction, “This was so exciting – can’t believe I wrote what I did! Thanks David.”
In addition to teaching at CCE David has also taught expressive writing to various groups including the elderly, mental health patients, recovering addicts and Maori and Pacifica writers.
So it was no surprise when he rang Libby Passau, CCE programme manager, to say that along with Anna Taylor, he had been awarded one of the two Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowships for 2012.
“David told us that he was both excited and honoured to have been awarded the fellowship, which is a national literary fellowship offered annually in partnership with The Frank Sargeson Trust. It provides the opportunity each year for an outstanding published New Zealand writer to write full-time in residence at the Sargeson Centre, adjacent to The University of Auckland.”
As David said, “It’s every writer’s dream – an oasis of time. I have several projects in mind, some of which have been simmering for a while, and a recent trip to Samoa has also stirred something. When I am writing I become totally immersed and this fellowship will allow me the freedom to plunge with no distractions or diversions.”
David begins his six-month fellowship in February and will also be teaching a new writing course Write Here! Write Now! at CCE in March.