August 04, 2014
Aspiring screenwriter wins Kapiti stay
The birds of Kapiti will be Kelly Walker’s main companions next month as she becomes the island’s sixth writer in residence.
The Whakatane-based writer wants to use her two month residency work on the script for a feature film based on her kuia, a tohunga matakite who lived on Motiti Island.
She has written comedy sketches for upcoming TV1 show Happy Hour and a short-film script, and is also working on a children’s drama series.
Walker says she was inspired by the challenge of a feature script after working as a production assistant on Himiona Grace’s The Pa Boys, watching it come alive from script to screen.
The Tau mai e Kapiti Maori Writers' Residency for emerging writers is funded by Te Waka Toi / Creative New Zealand and hosted by the Kaitiaki o Kapiti Trust, making it the only residency in the country created and run by Maori for Maori writers.
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