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Sedef Ecer, Randell Cottage 2023 Laureate

Seder Ecer is the 2023 French writer-in-residence. She will take up her residency during the first part of 2023.

Born in Istanbul, Sedef Ecer grew up in the world of movie-making, theatre and television.

Her novel, Trésor national, published by JC Lattès in January 2021, has already been shortlisted for literary awards, and has been received with much enthusiasm by critics and bookstores.

As a writer and actress, she has been a nominee or a recipient of prestigious awards. (French National Center of Theater, French National Center of Cinema, Beaumarchais Award, French Society of Multimedia Writers, Draft of a Dream, Velasquez Price, Writing Stipend of Paris Region, National Theater Award of Guérande, High School Students Favorite Play, nominated for Godot Award, Collidram Award, Best Television Comedy La Rochelle Festival) She is one of the founders of Parlement des Écrivaines Francophones.

She writes different genres and in two languages: she has written more than 500 articles or opinion pieces for the press, novels, screenplays, explored new genres and translated Montaigne, Charlotte Delbo or Saint-Exupery’s works into Turkish.

But her major work is in the field of theatre. Her plays are performed in numerous theaters and festivals in different countries, published, awarded and translated into Polish, Turkish, Armenian, German, Greek, English, Persian, Italian etc.

Her plays were directed by Elise Chatauret, Thomas Bellorini, Bruno Freyssinet, Vincent Goethals, Tina Brueggemann, Hansguenther Heyme, Lisa Rothe, Evren Odcikin, Shiva, Ordooi, Erin Gilley, Laurent Maindon and many others.

She was invited as a visiting artist to a variety of universities including Columbia University, UC Berkeley, Sciences Po Paris.

As an actress, she played in feature films and several plays since she is three years old and has worked recently under the directions of Amos Gitaï (with Jeanne Moreau), Lorenzo Gabriel, Thomas Bellorini, etc.


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


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