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Randell Cottage

Former French Residents

Since its creation in 2002, the Randell Cottage has been hosting a writer from France each year.

Learn more about them here.

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Sedef Ecer

Resident in 2023

Sedef Ecer is a Turkish-French playwright, novelist, actress and screenwriter. She has written a number of plays in both Turkish and French, which have been widely translated. Her first novel, Trésor National, was published in 2021.

Her residency at Randell Cottage in 2023 was motivated by her will to learn more about Gallipoli and the men who fought in her home country.

Caroline Laurent

Resident in 2022-2023

Born in 1988 and of French-Mauritian origins, Caroline grew up between French Polynesia, Bordeaux, Italy and Paris, where she currently resides. She still travels regularly to Mauritius to visit her maternal family. Caroline is a graduate of modern French literature and has been an editor for the past 12 years (JC Lattès, Les Escales, Stock). Her areas of interest include, non-fiction and contemporary literature. Following the success of And suddenly, Freedom, co-written with Evelyne Pisier (80,000 copies sold, awarded Prix Marguerite Duras and Grand Prix des Lycéennes ELLE 2018), in 2020 she released her second novel, An Impossible Return (Prix Maison de la Presse 2020) in which she pursues her exploration of the colonial world and the lives of prominent women who have shaped history.

Caroline Laurent
Amaury da Cunha

Amaury da Cunha

Resident in 2020

French writer and photographer born in Paris in 1976. Amaury da Cunha has published a collection of love stories around the concept of the ‘photographic image’, Fond de l’œil, an autobiographical story, Histoire souterraine (Le Rouergue) as well as several photography books with the publishing houses Filigranes and H’artpon. In 2021, Plein jour published Baby farmer (paperback version released in 2022) written during his residency at the Randell Cottage. He is also a journalist at Le Monde since 2008.

Karin Serres

Resident in 2019

Karin Serres is a writer, theatre director and set designer. She has written over 80 plays for children, adolescents and adults. She is a co-founder of Coq Cig Gru and LABO/07, a member of the playwriting network Write Local, Play Global and the editorial committee of Espace(s). Her plays have been published by Théâtrales, L’École des Loisirs, Espaces 34, Actes Sud ; her novels, by Alma, Stock, le Rouergue, le Typhon ; and her comic book albums for young people by le Rouergue, le Cosmographe, Flammarion and Locus Solus.

 

Karin Serres
Amélie Lucas-Gary

Amélie Lucas-Gary

Resident in 2018

Amélie Lucas-Gary has published three novels: Grotte (2014, Vanloo), Vierge (Seuil, 2017), Hic (Seuil, 2020). The latter, a kind of archaeological novel written in Wellington, recounts a journey through time and space. She also collaborates with artists, painters, photographers, sculptors on catalogues, exhibitions, performances. More recently with Flora Moscovici, Thomas Lanfranchi, Marie Quéau. In 2021, she published a photo-poem, Trois crimes (Vanloo), coproduced with the artist Julien Carreyn and which begins with ‘A woman who kills another woman, that’s rare.’   

Josef Schovanec

Resident in 2017

Josef Schovanec is a French writer, polyglot and activist for autistic people who has published four books including Voyages en Autistan (Plon, Paris) and Je Suis à l’Est !, the first memoir by an autistic person to be released by a major French publisher. He has studied at the Institute of Political Studies and the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilisations, both in Paris. He speaks fluently French, Czech, German, Finnish and English. His doctoral research, at the School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences, investigated the success Martin Heidegger’s philosophy enjoyed in France. In 2016, he was appointed as an advisor to the French Secretary of State for Disabled People and the Fight Against Exclusion. 

Josef Schovanec
Nicolas Fargues

Nicolas Fargues

Resident in 2016

Nicolas Fargues was born in 1972. He spent his childhood in Cameroon, in Lebanon then in Corsica, before studying in Paris. He worked in Indonesia for two years as a volunteer, then returned to Paris where he had a variety of jobs. His Tour du propriétaire was published in 2000. Since 2002 he has held positions within the network of French cultural services and has lived in Diego-Suarez (Antsiranana, Madagascar), Yaoundé (Cameroon) and Bukavu (DRC).

David Fauquemberg

Resident in 2015

David Fauquemberg is a writer and translator. His first novel Nullarbor won the Nicolas Bouvier prize at Étonnants Voyageurs in 2007. In 2009, Mal tiempo was awarded the Prix de la Ville de Caen, the Prix des Hebdos en région and the Prix Millepages. Following a long period of immersion in the world of flamenco, Manuel El Negro was published in 2013. His fourth novel, Bluff, is the result of several years of travels in the Pacific including five months at Randell Cottage in 2015. Bluff was awarded the Henri Queffélec Prize and the Gens de mer Prize in 2018.

Portrait David Fauquemberg

Also previously in residence

Thanh-Van Tran-Nhut (2014), Estelle Nollet (2013), Florence Cadier (2012), 

Yann Apperry (2011), Fariba Hachtroudi (2010), Olivier Bleys (2008), 

Nicolas Kurtovitch (2007), Annie Saumont (2006), Dominique Mainard (2005), 

Pierre Furlan (2004), Charles Juliet (2003), Nadine Ribault (2002)

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