Arts fellows selected

The University of Otago's 2012 arts fellows have been in their roles for varying lengths of time, but finally, now that all four are in the city, they have been formally welcomed.

About 80 people including university staff, members of the fellowship selection committees and past fellows, attended a recent function to welcome Robert Burns Fellow Emma Neale, Frances Hodgkins Fellow Nick Austin, Mozart Fellow Robbie Ellis, and University of Otago College of Education-Creative New Zealand children's writer in residence James Norcliffe.

Ms Neale, who lives in Dunedin, is a novelist and poet. She selects poetry published in the Otago Daily Times' Monday poem column.

The other three fellows have all moved to Dunedin for the duration of their fellowships.

Artist and art gallery co-owner Mr Austin is from Auckland, composer Mr Ellis is from Wellington and author and editor Mr Norcliffe is from Christchurch.

Ms Neale, Mr Austin and Mr Ellis are two months into their 12-month fellowships, while Mr Norcliffe, whose residency is for six months, arrived in Dunedin two weeks ago.

Mr Austin said the year was going by quickly.

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