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In Residence at the Jan Michalski Foundation

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I’ve been excitedly settling in to my modernist ‘treehouse’ for a month-long stay at the Jan Michalski Foundation in Montricher, Switzerland, where I am a writer in residence over May.

It’s a wonderful programme – offering a beautiful library, accommodation and the time and space to write – and I was especially lucky, because my current book project Islands of Abandonment fell into their special concentration in nature writing.

If you are a writer or translator (and especially if you have an interest in writing about the environment, human impacts or sustainability), I highly recommend applying. It’s been fascinating to meet writers from all over the world (France, Spain, Korea, America…) and it’s an opportunity too for me to brush off my schoolgirl French.

Applications for next year open summer 2019. Find more information here.

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MacDowell Colony fellowship

IMG_0633I’m not long back from a beautiful (and productive!) four-week stay as a fellow of the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire. If you haven’t heard of it, MacDowell is an artists’ colony/retreat for those working in all art forms, and while I was there there were composers, photographers, painters, installation artists, filmmakers, novelists, poets, playwrights and non-fiction writers. Continue reading

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Non-fiction masterclass at Gladstone’s Library

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I’m really looking forward to my month-long residency at Gladstone’s Library in Hawarden, Flintshire: the UK’s only prime ministerial library. It describes itself as

…a residential library and meeting place which is dedicated to dialogue, debate and learning for open-minded individuals and groups, who are looking to explore pressing questions and to pursue study and research in an age of distraction and easy solutions… It was founded by the great Victorian statesman himself and, following his death in 1898, became the national memorial to his life and work.

I’ll be there throughout the month of May, drifting in and out of the library and grounds, with my nose in a book. Come and join me!

I’m running two public events during my time there: an evening session on the 8 May during which I’ll discuss ‘making the personal political’ (£15, which also includes a copy of Thicker Than Water), and a day-long masterclass in the techniques of creative non-fiction on 26 May (£35, including lunch). There are rooms available on a B&B basis and a bistro on site.

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