Virginia Astley has been writer-in-residence at Hardy’s Cottage in Dorchester throughout September and October. As the residency draws to a close, we asked her to share some of her writer’s journal with us. Continue reading “Reflections from a residency: Virginia Astley on Apple Day at Hardy’s Cottage” »
After a writing packed day of events celebrating National Poetry Day (the theme of which was ‘Freedom’) and delivering her first Novel Writing Course session, Roselle Angwin, our Greenway writer-in-residence aptly reflects on the freeing nature of writing and sharing words.
Continue reading “A way of being free*… Roselle Angwin for Writing Places” »
Of the many treatises and books written on Bee Keeping in the eighteenth century, there is one written by a certain J. Isaac, secretary to the Apiarian Society, established at Exeter, a few miles up the road from the Parminter cousins at A La Ronde. Continue reading “The humming of bees at A La Ronde, or finding a way in… by Jane Feaver” »
I grew up in a house of things – driftwood, cassette tapes, coloured glass, families of trolls and all manner of things that might one day be useful. Continue reading “The Writer as Collector by Miriam Nash” »
Shortly after signing a contract to write her first Poirot novel, Sophie Hannah rented the holiday apartment at Greenway with her family. As she was sitting in a deck chair overlooking the river, a stranger approached and said, ‘have you heard? Somebody is writing a new Poirot… very controversial!’ Continue reading “Miriam Nash blogpost: A Haunted Cream Tea” »
In Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle, the sometime writer James Mortmain reads detective novels and calls it work. In the months leading up to my residency at Agatha Christie’s Greenway, I may sometimes have been guilty of such behaviour. A good Christie will sweep you in, and if you’re not careful, it won’t release you until the loosening of the final twist. Continue reading “Typed in the Christie Kitchen” »
It was somehow fitting that Coleridge Cottage’s first ever Writer-in-Residency programme should conclude on the very last weekend of its busy season, amidst the autumnal Halloween/Samhain atmosphere ─ while incongruously most of the UK bathed in the warmest late October/early November weekend on record.
Continue reading “Final Blog, Coleridge Cottage, Rose Collis” »
The second blog installment from our Coleridge Writer In Residence, Rose Collis … Continue reading “WRITING PLACES, ROSE COLLIS BLOG TWO – A BIOGRAPHER’S TALE” »
A writer confesses: a few months ago, when I was delighted to be appointed its first Writer-in-Resident, I knew little about Coleridge Cottage, and only slightly more about its famous former resident. But it didn’t take me long to learn that, while it might be one of the National Trust’s smaller sites, its importance as a preserved, restored and welcoming site is much greater than appearances might suggest. Continue reading “ROSE COLLIS BLOGPOST, WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE, COLERIDGE COTTAGE” »