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Applications Invited For 2021 Randell Cottage Writers Residency

Applications are now open for the 2021 Creative New Zealand Randell Cottage Writers Fellowship. The fellowship comprises a stipend, currently set at $27,000, and six months’ rent-free accommodation in one of Wellington’s oldest colonial buildings. The Trust is particularly interested … Continue reading

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1 Nov – Thorndon Open Day: Literature, Music & Art

Combined Open Days at Randell Cottage, Lilburn House and the Rita Angus Cottage – the homes of New Zealand writers, composers, and artists. Join us on Sunday 1 November for an afternoon celebrating art, music and literature at three historic … Continue reading

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Save the Date! Annual Open Day Sunday 1 November 2020

Once again, the Randell Cottage and garden will be open to visitors for a once-a-year opportunity on Sunday 1 November as part of the annual Wellington Heritage Week. We will join forces with our fellow Thorndon creative residencies, Lilburn and … Continue reading

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Michalia Arathimos arrives at the cottage

In late June, we were delighted to be able to welcome our 2020 resident Michalia Arathimos, her partner and two young children to Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington. We asked her to share some early impressions of living and working in Randell … Continue reading

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On kindness, on ignorance: A frightful passage

CNZ RCWT 2020 Writing Fellow Michalia Arathimos began 2020 in Melbourne Australia where the threat of bushfires would shortly be replaced by the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic. In this essay, she recounts her whanau’s decision to return to Aotearoa … Continue reading

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Paddy Richardson on place-setting: getting it right

Paddy Richardson, the 2019 CNZ Randell Cottage Writing Fellow, says she loves research but there is no substitute for actually treading the same ground as the characters she’s writing about. Her Randell project, The Green of the Spring, focuses on … Continue reading

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Michalia Arathimos selected as 2020 Randell Cottage Writer in Residence

Melbourne-based but Wellington-born, writer, reviewer and editor Michalia Arathimos will be returning to her home city next year as the 2020 Creative New Zealand Randell Cottage Writing Fellow. Arathimos will be using her time at the Randell Cottage to work … Continue reading

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Paddy Richardson interviewed by RNZ National

With just a couple of weeks of her residency left to run, Paddy Richardson took time out to chat with RNZ National’s Lynn Freeman of Standing Room Only.

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Three Days on Somes Island

2019 New Zealand writer in residence Paddy Richardson has been using her time in the capital to visit Matiu Somes Island, the major setting of her novel in progress, The Green of the Spring. She’s made several day trips but … Continue reading

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Open Day 2019 was a brilliant success!

On a gloriously sunny day, under the auspices of Wellington Heritage Week, the three Thorndon Arts Residencies – the Lilburn Residence, the Rita Angus Cottage and the Randell Cottage – opened their doors to well over a hundred visitors who … Continue reading

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