Randell Cottage, Writers Residency [fr]

Randell Cottage, located in Wellington, New Zealand, was established in 2001 as a rotational residency for French and New Zealand writers.


The residency is jointly supported by the French Embassy in New Zealand, the Randell Cottage Writers Trust and the Arts Foundation of New Zealand and is the welcome result of an extensive project to offer a counterpart to the Katherine Mansfield Fellowship in Menton, France, which has enabled many of the great names of New Zealand literature.

Many French residents have stayed at the Randell Cottage over the years, including: David Fauquemberg (2015), Nicolas Fargues (2016), Josef Schovanec (2017), Amélie Lucas-Gary (2018), Karin Serres (2019) and Amaury Da Cunha (2020).

Wellington is an ideal location for a writers’ residence with its distinct cultural presence with its diverse range of cultural events and lively café culture. It’s also home to numerous bookshops, public and research libraries and Victoria University of Wellington’s renowned creative writing course. Randell Cottage is a 19th century house in the heart of the colonial district of Thorndon, just a few steps away from the botanic gardens; and despite having undergone repeated renovations, it has retained all of its original charm.

Applications – French writer

The Residency lasts for a period of up to 5 months, traditionally between January and June, and welcomes applications from authors holding French citizenship, having published at least two books and with a good command of the English language. The French Embassy’s Cultural Services network of contacts and partners is available to the resident during the residency term.

The selection jury is made up of leading figures of the local book industry as well as representatives of the French Embassy in New Zealand.

The 2021 laureate is French writer and editor Caroline Laurent. She is the author of And Suddenly, Freedom (co-written with Evelyne Pisier) and The Shores of Anger.

Former Residents

More information

Contact the Cooperation Office using this contact form.


Dernière modification : 19/08/2020

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