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A Writers Residency

Randell Cottage

Each year, this residency welcomes an accomplished French author in Wellington since 2002.

It is organised by the Embassy of France in New Zealandin partnership with the Randell Cottage Writers Trust.    



Wellington is an ideal location with its distinct cultural presence, diverse range of 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.

The Randell Cottage is a 19th century house located in the historical district of Thorndon, in the heart of Wellington, just a few steps away from the botanic garden. Renovated regularly over the years, it has retained its original charm.

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The residency traditionally lasts for a period of up to five months, taking place during the first half of the year.


It is open to all writing styles: fiction, non fiction, screenwriting, playwriting, poetry, children's literature, comics etc.

Inspiration can be drawn from the amazing lignage of writers who have enjoyed the residency since 2002 and from the exceptional surroundings of the Cottage.

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The residency welcomes applications from authors, either French or based in France for at least 5 years, having published a minimum of two books and with a good command of the English language.

Applications are reviewed based upon the quality of the proposed writing project and past published works as well as the applicant's public speaking skills and abilities to run workshops. 

The selection panel is made up of leading figures of the New Zealand and French creative industries.

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During their stay, the resident is provided with accommodation at the Randell Cottage. It may be suitable for a family within the limits of the space.


The laureate will also be provided with return flights from/to France and a living allowance.

The call for the 2025 edition of the residency

will open in late March 2024

and will close on 15th May 2024 at 11:59pm (NZ time).

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Randell Cottage is located in inner-city Thorndon close to the Lilburn ResidenceRita Angus Cottage, and the Katherine Mansfield House and Garden. 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 Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o AotearoaArchives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga, and the International Institute of Modern Letters Te Pūtahi Tuhi Auaha o Te Ao.

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Amelie Lucas-Gary, Lauréate 2018

Ce séjour au bout du monde fut une parenthèse pacifique extraordinaire, au milieu de ma vie - une sorte de trêve.

Former French Residents

The Randell Cottage has been welcoming writers from France since 2001.

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