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Dame Fiona Kidman awarded Acorn Foundation Prize for Fiction

Dame Fiona Kidman awarded Acorn Foundation Prize for Fiction

Randell Cottage writers were strongly represented in the 2019 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards: three of our ‘family’ –Tina Makereti, Vincent O’Sullivan and Fiona Kidman – had novels included in the long list for the Acorn Foundation Prize for Fiction. Weeks passed, the judges deliberated, three were whittled down to two, and on the night, it was Dame Fiona Kidman who took the crown. This Mortal Boy (Penguin Random House) is a re-examination of the life and execution of the young Irish migrant Paddy Black. Congratulations Fiona!

Fiona Kidman Ockhams 2019

Dame Fiona is pictured here with Harriet Allan of Penguin Random House (centre) and Margo McCool from the Acorn Foundation.

RCWT ‘family’ well represented in Ockham long list

RCWT ‘family’ well represented in Ockham long list

Oh! We don’t envy the judges of this year’s Ockham New Zealand Book Awards – but we are delighted to see three members of the Randell Cottage Writers Trust family included in the longlist for best novels. They are Trustee emerita Fiona Kidman for This Mortal Boy (Penguin Random House), Tina Makereti for The Imaginary Lives of James Pōneke(Penguin Random House) and Vincent O’Sullivan for All This by Chance(Victoria University Press).

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:

Tuesday, 20 November 2018, 6.00 pm in the Gallery, Southern Cross, Abel Smith Street, Wellington.

Please RSVP to info@www.randellcottage.co.nz or call Robyn on 04 4764823 evenings by 15 November.

AGENDA:

  1. Welcome
  2. Apologies
  3. Quorum: 10 people
  4. Receive and approve the Minutes of the 25 October 2017, 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 Leslie Brown have expressed willingness to be nominated as ordinary 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@www.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.

Light snacks will be served.

 

Please RSVP to info@www.randellcottage.co.nz or call Robyn on 04 4764823 evenings by 15 November.

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@www.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@www.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. 

Writers Owen Marshall and Lawrence Patchett at the National Library

What makes a short story? Is it a question of length? Or is it the plot? What about flash fiction? Twitter fiction? The long form? What makes a New Zealand short story? Is it the landscape? The shape? The theme?

Writers Owen Marshall and Lawrence Patchett will address these – and other – questions in in an evening of discussion and readings at the National Library on 2 December 2015.

Owen Marshall Timaru-based Owen Marshall is regarded as a master of the short story. He is currently writer in residence at the Randell Cottage in Thorndon. He is a prolific writer and editor of short stories, poetry and novels who has held fellowships at the universities of Canterbury and Otago and in Menton, France. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Canterbury, which awarded him the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters in 2002. His work has seen him honoured with some of New Zealand’s top literary awards, including the 2013 Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in fiction. In 2000 he became an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to literature and in 2012, a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Lawrence-PatchettLawrence Patchett is the author of I Got His Blood On Me: Frontier Tales, a book of short stories. His fiction has been recognised in the New Zealand Post Awards (NZSA Hubert Church Award for Best First Book of Fiction), and the Long and the Short of It Short Story Competition (long section). His work has also appeared in Sport, Landfall, Dominion Post, Hue & Cry, Turbine, and on Radio New Zealand National. He has a PhD in creative writing from Victoria University, and lives in Raumati Beach. He is currently working on a dystopian adventure novel set in the North Island of New Zealand.

The event is being held under the auspices of the Friends of the Randell Cottage and the National Library of New Zealand, as part of the Library’s fiftieth anniversary celebrations.

Time: The venue opens at 5:30pm and the discussion will run from 6:00-7:30pm
Date: 2 December 2015
Venue: Co-Create, Ground Floor, National Library, Molesworth Street

 

RSVP: by email to events.natlib@dia.govt.nz with the words Owen Marshall in the subject line. (Note seating is limited to 120.)

Life Writing with Dame Fiona Kidman

We are delighted to announce a very special fund raising event, especially for those with an interest in life writing and memoir. Founding trustee Dame Fiona Kidman will be running a one-day seminar, offering skills for writing your personal stories, whether for publication or family record. This follows the sought after workshops she has been running over the past four years.  

Date: Saturday 5 September 2015
Time: 9 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.
Venue: Thistle Inn, Mulgrave Street, Wellington.
Cost: $125 (includes catered morning and afternoon teas)

Application Form: You can download the application form from Fiona’s website and send it by mail or email to fiona@fionakidman.co.nz

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn from a prize-winning author of more than thirty books, which include two volumes of memoir. Numbers, we are sorry to say, are strictly limited so get that form in quickly!

All proceeds will be donated to the Randell Cottage Writers Trust.

Invitation to RCWT Friends Annual General Meeting

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 to be held on:

Monday, 8 June 2015, 6.00 for 6.30pm, Room 1 upstairs, Thistle Inn, 3 Mulgrave St, Thorndon

RSVP to info@www.randellcottage.co.nz or call Robyn on 4758 155 evenings

AGENDA:

  1. Welcome
  1. Apologies
  1. Quorum: 10 people
  1. Receive and approve the Minutes of the June 03, 2014 Annual General Meeting of Friends of the Randell Cottage:
  1. Matters arising from the Minutes:
  1. Receive and consider the Annual Report from the FRC Committee Chair:
  1. Receive and consider the Annual Financial Statements:
  1. Receive and consider a recommendation from the Committee of the annual subscriptions for the following year (2016/17): to be notified on the night
  1. 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: Tim Gruar has expressed his willingness to be nominated as Treasurer

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

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

In accordance with the Rules:

Maggie Rainey-Smith has offered to be nominated to the committee again.

Anita Woods has expressed her willingness to be nominated as a member of the Committee again.

  1. Any other business

At the conclusion of the business the Randell Cottage French resident writer, David Fauquemberg, will speak.

Wine available for purchase at the bar downstairs. Juice and nibbles will be served upstairs.