Literary anthology ‘Room to write’ has been launched

Book cover with an illustration of a red-roofed cottage sitting in green hills. There is a bird flying above the cottageRoom to write
20 years of Randell Cottage writers
20 ans d’écrivains au Randell Cottage




To celebrate 20 years of the Randell Cottage writers residency, the Randell Cottage Writers Trust has commissioned Room to write, asking the writers for contributions that spring from the idea of ‘looking back’.

Since 2002, forty writers from France and Aotearoa New Zealand have made a historic cottage on a steep street in Thorndon their home while they write, the bush of Te Ahumairangi behind them and Wellington Harbour in front.  All the work is presented in both English and French, with introductory essays by Dame Fiona Kidman and Beverley Randell Price.

With contributions from

Peter Wells • Nadine Ribault • Tim Corballis • Charles Juliet • Pierre Furlan • Michael Harlow • Dominique Mainard • Renée • Annie Saumont • Beryl Fletcher • Nicolas Kurtovitch • Whiti Hereaka • Olivier Bleys • Jennifer Compton • Fariba Hachtroudi • Kirsty Gunn • Yann Apperry • Patrick Valdimar White • Florence Cadier • Peter Walker • Vivienne Plumb • Denis Welch • Estelle Nollet • Tina Makereti • Thanh-Van Tran-Nhut • Witi Ihimaera • Owen Marshall • David Fauquemberg • Stephanie Johnson • Nicolas Fargues • Stephen Daisley • Josef Schovanec • Amélie Lucas-Gary • James Norcliffe • Karin Serres • Paddy Richardson • Amaury da Cunha • Michalia Arathimos • Lynn Davidson • Rose Lu

Supported by Embassy of France in New Zealand and WellingtonNZ

Available at good book stores including Good Books and Unity Books Wellington.

Photos from the December launch at the Embassy of France in Wellington

Launch of ‘Room to Write’ in December. Courtesy of The Embassy of France.