Historic Randell Cottage in Wellington, New Zealand, has been a writers’ residency since 2001. In partnership with the Embassy of France, New Zealand-France Friendship Fund and Creative New Zealand, the Randell Cottage Writers Trust provides a six-month residency each year to a French and NZ writer respectively.
The cottage was gifted by the Price family to be the first dedicated writers residency in the capital city, and the first for international writers in the Southern Hemisphere. It reciprocates in some measure for the New Zealand Post Mansfield Prize which sends writers to Menton, France, and adds an exciting perspective to the cultural and literary life of Wellington.
With Katherine Mansfield being one of my strongest influences, New Zealand has been ensconced in my mind for such a long time. — Nadine Ribault, inaugural French Writer, 2002
Randell Cottage is located in inner city Thorndon close to the Lilburn Residence [composer residency], Rita Angus Cottage [artist residency], and the Katherine Mansfield Birthplace. This cluster of residencies is known informally as Arts Residencies Thorndon or ART and has led to mutual support and collaboration. Wellington is a lively literary centre and research hub and Randell Cottage is within walking distance of the National and Turnbull Libraries, the Wellington Asia Residency, and the International Institute of Modern Letters.
The residency was tremendous. It is extremely rare for a writer to have a period in his or her life free from financial insecurity. — Peter Wells, inaugural New Zealand Writer, 2002