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Devastated …

Dear All,

Sadly my application for funding under RADF for Anthology Aaronson has been declined.  I received a phone call to explain the decision and I can’t say I agree with the reasons but I am grateful for the personal nature of that courtesy.

This rejection highlights the great struggle we all face as authors to put our stories out there, connect with our audiences, and earn a living wage.

RADF grants are seldom given to writers.  But we need to keep trying, and keep applying.

Thank you all for your support.  Hopefully I can find alternative funding for this project, as I consider it to be very much worthwhile.  Stay in touch folks and keep writing.


  1. Bummer, m’dear. Bum bum bum.
    Those grants are a big hill to die on, and yup, i believe many a writer has, me included (just the once, when they were a new thing).

    My take on it is:
    – they want to see ‘community engagement’ or somesuch, and writers-producing-books, not matter the subject or the method, will never fit. Stories and books are a product created in isolation, delivered one-by-one to scattered recipients, and ‘consumed’ in isolation. The perception is that it is never a collective/group activity.
    Your idea was wonderful. The assessors were plonkers.

    Honestly, I can’t think how writers can get through this barrier of perception/expectation/requirement. Unless they become playwrights capable of taking in hundreds of people and stories, converting all that into a play involving hundreds and then showing it to thousands, *then* writing it all down.

    • admin

      December 15, 2016 at 9:01 am

      Lovely sentiments Mr Maybury. And exquisitely expressed, as is only right and proper.

      Thanks for you support, may we collaborate in the future.

    • “… a big hill to die on …” Beautifully put, Ged and I can only concur with your succinct and accurate assessment of the bind we writers are in.

      But we will not die on the hill, will we, Emily! We will battle on, losing blood, ink and sleep but never the will or the words to express and to uplift a poor, soggy world.

      Kia kaha (Maori for “stand tall”)

      • That’s the spirit, lad!

        (And a smattering of Maori there. Kapai!
        I probably only picked up ten or twenty words altogether, but always enjoyed the hunt for context and story. Every place-name had a story; every volcano; every river. … (I was born in Ōtautahi)
        I still love that Land!)

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