Thursday, August 09, 2007
Wellington writers step in to support writers’ cottage
A group of Wellington writers led by this year’s Louis Johnson bursary winner, Mary McCallum, have stepped in to support Randell Cottage.
The historic Thorndon cottage needs additional funds to continue its successful role as a writers’ residence for local and French writers, they say.
McCallum, whose novel “The Blue” has just been launched, will chair the new Friends of Randell Cottage Committee, set up to help promote the Cottage and raise funds. She’s joined by Montana Award winning writers Rachael King and Jessie Munro as well as Anne Faulkner and Janet Bache.
“As writers, we’re very aware of the financial pressures that authors face. We also know what tremendous creative value a residency like this offers, right in the centre of historic Thorndon,” McCallum says.
McCallum says the group has some exciting new ideas about how to lift the profile of Randell Cottage and raise funds, but they’re under wraps for now.
Playwright Whiti Hereaka is the current writer in residence at Randell Cottage. Previous residents include Peter Wells, Pierre Furlan, and Annie Saumont.
The new committee was established by Dame Fiona Kidman and Gordon Stewart to support the work of the Randell Cottage Trust.
“Randell Cottage is offering fellowships and opportunity to both established and emerging talent. The vitality and interest of a Friends group will ensure that the concept remains fresh and lively, and will continue to attract top flight writers to live in Wellington,” Kidman says.
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