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Room to Write

Celebrating 20 years of writers at the Randell Cottage in Wellington.

Since 2002, 40 writers from France and New Zealand have made an historic cottage on a steep street in Thorndon their home while they write, the bush of Te Ahumairangi behind them and Wellington Harbour in front.

To celebrate 20 creative years, the Randell Cottage Writers Trust with the support of the Embassy of France in New Zealand has commissioned Room to Write, asking the writers for contributions that spring from the idea of ‘looking back’.

© Randell Cottage Writers Trust - Cover by Sarah Wilkins

All the work is presented in both English and French, translated by Jean Anderson and Myreille Pawliez, edited by Linda Burgess and Maggie Rainey-Smith, and with introductory essays by Dame Fiona Kidman and Beverley Randell Price.

Room to Write is available from local bookstores and online from The Cuba Press website.

© Embassy of France in New Zealand - Room to Write Book Launch

Room to Write includes contributions from (in chronological order): Peter Wells, Nadine Ribault, Tim Corballis, Charles Juliet, Pierre Furlan, Michael Harlow, Dominique Mainard, Renée, Annie Saumont, Beryl Fletcher, Nicolas Kurtovitch, Whiti Hereaka, Olivier Bleys, Jennifer Compton, Fariba Hachtroudi, Kirsty Gunn, Yann Apperry, Patrick Valdimar White, Florence Cadier, Peter Walker, Vivienne Plumb, Denis Welch, Estelle Nollet, Tina Makereti, Thanh-Van Tran-Nhut, Witi Ihimaera, Owen Marshall, David Fauquemberg, Stephanie Johnson, Nicolas Fargues, Stephen Daisley, Amélie Lucas-Gary, James Norcliffe, Karin Serres, Paddy Richardson, Amaury da Cunha, Michalia Arathimos, Lynn Davidson and Rose Lu.


Randell Cottage is a Wellington-based rotational writers residency that welcomes a French and a New Zealand author each year since 2002. It is organised by the Embassy of France in New Zealand and the Randell Cottage Writers Trust.


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