Residencies (2019 – )

I love to travel. I also love curling up somewhere warm, preferably in front of a cosy fire, with a notebook & a stack of reading material. Since the beginning of 2019, I’ve managed to combine these two things, with a number of international writing residencies.

Check out my blog post about it – A Few Thoughts On: Writing Residencies.

Hawthornden Castle
Outside Edinburgh, Scotland, 2020

Hawthornden is the writing world’s worst-kept secret: a medieval castle, with a rule of silence during the day. Read more about my month-long residency here.

Passa Porta
Brussels, Belgium, 2019

In collaboration with the Flemish Literature Fund & the National Centre for Writing (UK), I stayed in an elegant Brussels apartment for 4 weeks, writing poetry. Here’s the online essay I wrote for Passa Porta.

MacDowell Fellowship
New Hampshire, USA, 2019

At the start of 2019, during an Arts Council-funded research trip to the US, I spent 3 weeks writing poetry in a beautiful cabin in the woods, where my lunch was delivered to my door each day in a picnic basket. Read more about it here.

The Wordsworth Trust
Grasmere, England, 2019

Having worked with the Wordsworth Trust since 2013, I was delighted to spend a month as Poet in Residence, living opposite Dove Cottage, during the sunniest February I can remember. Read about my experience here.