Friday, October 10, 2008

Writers' cottage open to visit

The Randell Cottage Writers Trust is having an Open Day this Sunday 12 October from 11-4pm.
I am on the Friends Committee and will be on deck from 2-4pm to welcome visitors to this historic Wellington cottage which is home for two writers every year for six months each: one from New Zealand and one from France.

Come to: 14 St Mary’s Street, Thorndon.

Randell Cottage is one of Wellington’s oldest restored cottages. Take the opportunity to explore this corner of our city’s history, and if you're a writer you might like to come along and imagine yourself working there... We're calling for NZ writers to apply now.

Here's what you get: a cottage rent free with free electricity and broadband etc, plus a stipend of $2,500 a month funded by Creative NZ. We are currently trying to value the whole package but it must surely be worth around $30,000 for the six months (given the central location of the cottage.) It is just a walk away from the National Library and the central city.

NZ writer Jennifer Compton has just left the cottage after a successful six months writing a novel and finishing off a book of poems and another of essays (this is not a photo of Jen! it must be of one of the Price family who so kindly donated the cottage.)

French author Olivier Beys arrives in October for the summer. For more on Jennifer's visit go to the Friends' newsletters here and here.

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