Announcing the Writer in Residence for Hardy’s houses: Boris Starling

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.

Award-winning author and screenwriter Boris has written seven crime novels, two of which reached the Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller lists. His debut novel, Messiah, was made into a BBC1 series starring Ken Stott which ran for five seasons. He wrote the screenplay for the first series of Messiah and has several projects under option with TV and film production companies.

Martin Stephen, Visitor Services Manager who along with the staff and volunteers at Max Gate and Hardy’s Cottage, chose Boris for the role, is looking forward to an event packed 2015. Boris and guest authors and poets will be organising events, masterclasses, workshops and talks at Hardy’s houses, many of them offered free of charge, which will bring the stories of Thomas Hardy’s time in the West Country, including his estrangement from first wife Emma and the effect it had on his poetry, to a much wider audience. Later in the year there will be an Open Day for the public.

Events are booking out fast so keep an eye on press and this site for details of the Writing Places programme, as well as keeping up to date with posts from Boris about his experiences.

Photo: Katharine Davies

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