Susan Price

Susan Price and her collection of 26,000 children’s books are to be the subject of a new book.

Newtown author Kate De Goldi has been awarded the $100,000 Michael King writers’ fellowship to research and write about children’s book collector and donor Susan Price – whose parents Beverley Randell and Hugh Price donated the Randell Cottage. Susan has been deeply involved in the cottage during its renovation and as a writers’ cottage. She is a keen archivist for the Trust.

Ms Price’s Kelburn residence is home to more than 26,000 children’s books which are all meticulously catalogued.

“Susan is opening her archived world to me,” said Ms De Goldi.  ”It will be a fascinating window on one child’s growth through books, and as such, a launching-point for a wide-ranging commentary on children’s literature.”

Ms Price has also gifted thousands of books to more than 50 children, and donated her collection to the National Library, while keeping it on site. Visitors can view it by appointment.

The quotes are taken from an article in The Wellingtonian by Daniel Silverton.

Successful Open Day 2009

Randell Cottage hosted a very successful Open Day on Tulip Sunday this year. Over 60 people came through the cottage and talked with Trustees and Friends about its history and its current use as a writers’ residency.

The visitors ranged from an intrepid Beagle who dragged his owners in the door to a young boy and his mother who were fascinated by the Shacklock range to a couple who renovated old cottages and were delighted to walk through a prime example of ‘stripped down colonial Georgian’.

There were the usual writers interested in a place for writers to write, and those who just happened by after enjoying the tulips. The gorgeous posters organised by Friend of the cottage, Maggie Rainey-Smith and printed by Apex, seemed to attract a great deal of interest. The Trustees and Friends of the cottage had as much fun as the visitors.

We finished up with drinks which representatives from the French Embassy and the Lilburn House attended, as well as Susan Price whose family gifted the cottage to the Trust.