Boris Starling, Writer In Residence at Max Gate during 2015 has chosen the winner of the ’88 Words’ competition he ran as part of his residency.
The remit was to write a poem of 88 words inspired by Hardy’s own short story entitled Life’s Little Ironies. The winner is Eleanor Smith from Weymouth in Dorset whose poem, Realignment wins her a copy of The Customs House by Andrew Motion. Congratulations to Eleanor and many thanks to all who entered.
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There’s more than a touch of Thomas Hardy about Louis de Bernières. Not in terms of appearance, of course – de Bernières is a jovial soul whereas Hardy glowers in his photographs – but in what they choose to write about. They both concentrate on the little people buffeted by the gales of history, they both bring the sights and sounds and smells of landscapes to evocative life, and they both share a willingness to forgo a happy ending. Continue reading “Writer in Residence at Max Gate, Boris Starling, interviews author Louis de Bernieres at Bridport Literary Festival” »
I’ve always wanted to be a writer-in-residence. DJs have residencies: why shouldn’t writers? Max Gate is smaller (and certainly quieter) than the average nightclub, but you don’t have to be there very long to realise it’s a special place. I’m thrilled and honoured to have been chosen, and very excited about the events we have lined up.
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We are delighted to announce that Hardy’s Cottage and Max Gate will have a new Writer-in-Residence as Boris Starling takes up his post for the Writing Places project.
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