James Norcliffe is the 2018 New Zealand Randell Cottage Writer in Residence

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Christchurch-based writer James Norcliffe is to be the 2018 Creative New Zealand Randell Cottage Writing Fellow. Norcliffe has published nine collections of poetry, a short story collection and ten novels for young people. As an editor, he has had a long involvement with the literary magazine, takahē and has edited anthologies of poetry and young people’s writing. He’s also served as an assessor for literary competitions and the New Zealand Society of Authors, and has received numerous awards and fellowships.

Norcliffe’s Randell Cottage project is a novel with the working title The Frog Prince, a dual narrative with one strand set in early 19th century Westphalia, the other a contemporary narrative set variously in New Zealand and Europe.


Applications for 2019 CNZ RCWT Writers Fellowship now closed

Applications have now closed for the 2019 Creative New Zealand Randell Cottage Writers Fellowship. The deadline for applications was Friday, 2 November 2018.

More information about the residency can be found here.

The successful applicant will be announced in December.


Historic Randell Cottage in Wellington, New Zealand, has been a writers’ residency for New Zealand and French writers since 2001. The Randell Cottage Writers Trust works in partnership with Creative New Zealand, the New Zealand-France Friendship Fund, the Wellington City Council and the Embassy of France.
The cottage has two bedrooms and a writing studio. Located in inner-city Thorndon close to the Lilburn Residence, Rita Angus Cottage, Wellington Asia Residency, and the Katherine Mansfield House and Garden, the cottage is within walking distance of the National and Turnbull Libraries and Archives New Zealand.