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Randell Cottage writer in residence 2013 announced

Creative NZ Randell Cottage writer in residence 2013 announced

27 November 2012

Denis Welch will be the New Zealand writer in residence 2013 at Randell Cottage. The Wellington writer is working on a biography of former NZ Prime Minister Norman Kirk. He will move into the cottage in July and live and work there for six months. The residency includes a stipend of $22,000.

Each year the Creative NZ Randell Cottage Writers Trust residency in Thorndon, Wellington hosts a French writer in the first half of the year and a NZ writer in the second half.

Welch says the award is a huge boost for him and for the book he’s working on. “It helps to get the biography on the public radar and will free me up in the second half of next year to focus on the writing of it, at a stage when hopefully most of the research will have been completed,” he says. “Having known previous writers in residence at the cottage, and visited them there, I'm looking forward very much to living and working in that environment.”

Welch, a former deputy editor for the NZ Listener, is a media commentator on Radio NZ National’s Nine to Noon as well as working as a bulletin writer and editor there. Denis has stood twice for Parliament for both the Values and Green Parties, and has published a biography of Helen Clark, and a novel.

New Chair of the Randell Cottage Writers Trust, Sarah Dennis, says she’s delighted with the choice of NZ writer for 2013. ‘The wonderful thing about the Randell Cottage residency is the range of writers we’ve had there including poets, novelists and playwrights. Once again we welcome a biographer in the Cottage and hope Denis Welch will be able to take full advantage of the Thorndon residency with its proximity to Parliament, the National Library and other creative residencies.”

This year was the tenth anniversary of the Randell Cottage Writers Trust which began in 2002 with NZ writer Peter Wells and has been home to twenty-one writers. The twenty-second writer is French novelist Estelle Nollet who arrives in January. She will be followed by Denis Welch.

The Randell Cottage Writers Trust is supported by Creative New Zealand, the Embassy of France, Wellington City Council and the New Zealand-France Friendship Fund. For more information on the history of the Cottage and the residency go to: www.randellcottage.co.nz

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