Paddy Richardson welcomed as 2019 Writer in Residence

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Dunedin-based writer Paddy Richardson is the 2019 Creative New Zealand Randell Cottage Writing Fellow. Richardson has published seven novels and two short-story collections. Her Randell project, The Green of Spring is the sequel to her 2017 novel Through the Lonesome Dark. Set in WWI New Zealand, it tells the story of young mining activist Otto Bader who is arrested as an ‘enemy alien’ and incarcerated on Somes Island along with others of Austrian and German origins.


Applications for 2020 CNZ Randell Cottage Writers Fellowship are open

Applications have opened for the 2020 CNZ Randell Cottage Writers Fellowship. The deadline for applications is Friday, 1 November 2019.

More information about the residency can be found here.

The successful applicant will be announced in December.

The fellowship is advertised subject to the confirmation of funding from Creative New Zealand’s Arts Grants programme. Grant decisions are expected in early to mid-November.


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.