Welcome to the Dan Davin Literary Foundation
Dan Davin bust sculpture, by Anthony Stones
The Dan Davin Literary Foundation follows the Davin tradition of supporting and promoting New Zealand writers and writing.
Dan Davin, born and raised in Southland, was a scholar, writer and academic publisher with Oxford University Press, a position he held for over 30 years.
In 1994, the Trust Bank Community Trust Inc. (now the Community Trust of Southland) purchased the 1983 Dan Davin sculpture by artist Anthony Stones.
The purchase was the catalyst for an exhibition of Stones' work at the Southland Museum and Art Gallery in the same year.
The Dan Davin Literary Foundation continues to support and promote creative writing in Southland. This was originally via the annual student writing workshops and Dan Davin Award short story writing competition. The success of the student award has led to an adult Dan Davin Award which alternates each year between poetry and short story.
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Twenty-six stories, drawn from the rich oral culture of an Irish-Catholic childhood in Southland and written between 1934 and 1989, explore and reflect on that experience.
The Gorse Blooms Pale brings together Davin's Southland stories, published and unpublished, for the first time. They insightfully capture the character of a tightly-knit community on the edge of town, and form a rare treasure in the landscape of twentieth-century New Zealand literature.