An Evening with Stephen Daisley

Stephen Daisley imageJoin us at the National Library on 28 November, for an evening of conversation with Randell Cottage writer in residence, Stephen Daisley and Wellington writers, Catherine Robertson and Tracy Farr.

Stephen Daisley is a New Zealand born writer, living and working in Perth. He hit New Zealand headlines in 2016, when his second novel, Coming Rain, took out the inaugural Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize at the New Zealand Book Awards. Although, at that point, something of an unknown quantity in his homeland, Stephen had won or been short- and long-listed for major Australian literary awards, including the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction for his first novel, Traitor, the 2016 Miles Franklin Award and the 2011 Commonwealth Writers prize for best first book.
Stephen’s work addresses themes of masculinity and love, frequently in an historical context. He’s used his time at the Randell Cottage to work on two projects: A Better Place Than This is a picaresque tale of return home – from the mines of Australia to a New Zealand farm, and a meditation on the various forms love assumes in our lives, while The Clearances is an historical novel set in 18th century Scotland, after the Battle of Culloden.

This is a joint event from the Friends of the Randell Cottage, and the National Library of New Zealand.

Time: The venue opens at 5:30pm and the discussion will run from 6:00-7:30pm
Date: 28 November 2017
Venue: Programme Rooms Ground Floor, National Library, Molesworth Street
RSVP: by email to randellcottage@gmail.com with the words Stephen Daisley in the subject line. (Seating is limited to 80.)

Admission is free but koha in support of the Randell Cottage would be appreciated.

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Renée – Life story told in patches

Hear one of the Randell Cottage previous residents, Renée, talking with Kim Hill on Saturday 18 November:

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Notice of AGM for Friends of the Randell Cottage Writers Trust

FRIENDS OF THE RANDELL COTTAGE WRITERS TRUST 

Notice of Annual General Meeting 

You are invited to the Annual General Meeting of Friends of the Randell Cottage Writers’ Trust to be held on:

Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 6.00 pm,
140 Upland Road,
Kelburn, Wellington.

Please RSVP to info@randellcottage.co.nz or call Robyn on 4758 155 evenings by 19 October. 

AGENDA: 

1. Welcome

2. Apologies

3. Quorum: 10 people

4. Receive and approve the Minutes of the June 27, 2016, Annual General Meeting of Friends of the Randell Cottage Writers’ Trust:

5. Matters arising from the Minutes:

6. Receive and consider the Annual Report from the FRC Committee Chair:

7. Receive and consider the Annual Financial Statements from the Treasurer:

8. Receive and consider the following recommendation from the Committee of the annual subscriptions for the year (2018/19): that subscriptions for 2018/19 remain at $15.00 for seniors/students, $30.00 for individuals and families and $60.00 for businesses as set at the 2016 AGM.

9. The election of the Officers of the Society:

President: The Chair of the FRC Committee, Sian Robyns, has expressed her willingness to be nominated as President again.

Treasurer: Tracey Schuyt has expressed her willingness to be nominated as Treasurer. 

Secretary: Robyn Skrzynska has expressed her willingness to be nominated as Secretary again.

10. The election of the three Ordinary Members of the Executive Committee:

In accordance with the Rules:

Tim Gruar and Linda Burgess have expressed willingness to be nominated as members of the Committee.

There is room for the nomination of at least one ordinary member to the committee. 

Note: Any other nominations for President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Committee, with details of seconders (if any) and evidence of the willingness of the nominee to serve should be emailed to the Secretary at info@randellcottage.co.nz in advance of the meeting.

11. Any other business

The business part of the meeting will be followed by a speaker. Details to come.

Refreshments will be served. 

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Applications for 2018 Residency now open

Applications are now open for the 2018 Creative New Zealand Randell Cottage Writers Fellowship. The deadline for applications is Friday, 3 November 2017.

More information about the residency can be found here.

Applications for the 2018 fellowship will be accepted from 1 September 2017 to 3 November 2017.

 

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RCWT Annual Report 2016-2017

The Randell Cottage Writers Trust 2016-2017 Annual Report is now available.

The report covers the Trust’s income and expenditure as well as details of its public events and engagement with other arts organisations.

You can download it here.

 

 

 

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Josef Schovanec and Nine to Noon’s Katherine Ryan

Josef SchovanecJourneys through Autistan, diversity, inclusion, languages — all are up for discussion in this wide-ranging and thoroughly engaging conversation between our resident, Josef Schovanec and Nine to Noon’s Katherine Ryan.

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Stephen Daisley Selected as 2017 Randell Cottage Writer in Residence

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Perth-based writer Stephen Daisley is to be the 2017 Creative New Zealand Randell Cottage Writing Fellow. Daisley hit New Zealand headlines last year, when his second novel, Coming Rain, took out the inaugural Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize at the New Zealand Book Awards. Although an unknown quantity in his homeland, Daisley has won or been short- and long-listed for major Australian literary awards, including the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction for his first novel, Traitor, the 2016 Miles Franklin Award and the 2011 Commonwealth Writers prize for best first book.

Daisley’s Randell Cottage project is a novel with the working title The River Road: Te Ara au te Awa, the story of an emotionally damaged veteran of the Vietnam war, New Zealander Danny Walker.

Selection panel convener Vincent O’Sullivan says “Stephen Daisley’s selection for 2017 continues the tradition of appointing the finest New Zealand writers for this much sought-after Wellington residency. And now, the bonus of a writer recognized by the highest awards in both New Zealand and Australia, having the chance to return to his own country to work on a novel intimately related to experiences in Asia, as well as in specific events and locations back home.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming Stephen to the Cottage,” O’Sullivan said.

Daisley says he is delighted to be the 2017 resident and is looking forward to his six months in the capital. “Being at the Randell Cottage will be a tremendous boost to this work. On a practical level, there’s the access to Te Papa, the Turnbull Library and National Archives and the Whanganui district and awa. But just as importantly, there’s the sense of being at home.”

The Randell Cottage Writers Trust was established in 2002. The restored B-category historic, gifted to the Trust by the Price family, building hosts two writers a year; one from New Zealand and the other from France. It is currently home to Stephanie Johnson. The 2017 French resident, novelist and advocate Josef Schovanec arrives in Wellington in January 2017.

 

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Open Day 2016—4 December

Possibly the prettiest writers residency in the country, Randell Cottage will be holding its annual Open Day on Sunday, 4 December, from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Trustees and members of the Friends of the Randell Cottage will be on hand to share its stories and those of the family who lived there.

Built in 1867 and expanded in 1874, the Cottage is one of the ten oldest buildings in Wellington. It was gifted to the Randell Cottage Writers Trust by the Price family in 2001 after a painstaking restoration project, which saw the Prices haunting demolition yards and poring over Victorian wallpaper catalogues. Since then, it’s provided a haven for thirty writers from New Zealand and France – made possible by the support of Creative New Zealand, the New Zealand-France Friendship Fund, the Embassy of France and the Wellington City Council.

The Cottage is currently home to Auckland novelist, playwright and poet Stephanie Johnson whose project is a non-fiction work, West Island: Five Twentieth Century New Zealanders in Australia. Other recent residents have included Witi Ihimaera, Owen Marshall, Tina Makeriti, Kirsty Gunn, Vivienne Plumb and Denis Welch. On the French side, it’s hosted novelists and poets including Nicolas Fargues, Than-Van Tran Nhut, Nicolas Kurtovich, Pierre Furlan, Annie Saumont and Nadine Ribault.
Open Day 2016 coincides with the annual Thorndon Fair – together they combine the city’s history with its vibrant present.
Note that parking may be limited.

Date: 4 December 2014
Time: 11:00am-4:00pm
Venue: 14 St Mary Street, Thorndon

Further information: info@randellcottage.co.nz

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French writer and activist Josef Schovanec named as 2017 Writer in Residence

Josef Schovanec

The 2017 French resident at Randell Cottage is Josef Schovanec, writer, polyglot and activist for autistic people who has published four books including Voyages en Autistan – Travels in Autistan (Plon, Paris) and Je Suis à l’Est !, the first memoir by an autistic person to be released by a major French publisher. His Randell Cottage book project focusses on developing a fictional narrative based on the story of an autistic friend’s journeys and research in the Pacific.

Josef was born in 1981 in the greater Paris region to Czech immigrant parents. After completing a degree at L’Institut d’études politiques de Paris (Paris Institute of Political Studies, he studied Hebrew, Sanskrit, Persian, Amharic, Azeri, Azerbaijani and Ethiopian at the Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales (National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilisations), on top of the Czech, German, Finnish and English, which he speaks fluently. His doctoral research, at the École des hautes etudes en sciences sociales (School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences), investigated the success Martin Heidegger’s philosophy enjoyed in France.

Josef Schovanec is also a weekly guest on radio stations Europe 1 (France) and la Première (RTBF, Belgium). In 2016, he was appointed as an advisor to the French Secretary of State for Disabled People and the Fight Against Exclusion.

Josef Shovanec will arrive in Wellington in mid-January 2017 for five months. While in New Zealand, he will work on his next book and will travel on a speaking tour throughout the country.

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Dame Fiona Kidman: Trustee Emerita

Courtesy of Random House NZ

Courtesy of Random House NZ

With her literary reputation higher than ever, and growing commitments at home and abroad, founding Trustee, Dame Fiona Kidman, has reluctantly stepped down from the Trust to focus on her busy life and work.

Fiona was one of a small group of determined writers who established the Randell Cottage Writers Trust in 2002 following the generous gift of the Cottage from the Randell-Price family. Since then, she has been a leading light and inspiration in all aspects of the Trusts’s activities, including its Friends Association. She leaves a big gap but we are delighted that she has graciously agreed to retain her interest and involvement as our Trustee Emerita.

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