Artist-in-Residence, Bucks Mill Cabin, National Trust North Devon (Aug 2018)

“Perched above the sea in the ancient fishing hamlet of Bucks Mills, the Cabin was the studio and summer residence of painters Judith Ackland and Mary Stella Edwards from the 1920s until Judith’s death in 1971. The interior and its contents have remained preserved, almost as the women left them, for over 40 years.” National Trust Website

During my residency at Bucks Mills Cabin, I will be moving between books and poems set by the sea, my own thoughts about growing up on this coast, and the stories I collect from visitors. These words will be set out around me like a bird’s bower, inviting those who spend time with me to write as well: Here is a pen, I will say, and paper. Write me how it feels: Here, now. In this way, we will share a while in the peace, effort and concentration experienced by the Cabin’s former owners, Judith Ackland and Mary Stella Edwards.

The Cabin — like the tiny island on which the Moomin creator Tove Jansson and her partner lived and worked for decades — is a powerful symbol for me of female dedication to a simple life of creative practice and closeness to nature. I’ve had photos of the Cabin by my writing desk for years, so to be resident here myself is a heady feeling.

Open Days: Sat 11 & Sun 12 August 2018

Writer-in-Residence, Jan Michalski Foundation for Writing & Literature, Switzerland (Sept 2017)

Writer-in-Residence, Pells Pool, Lewes (May 2016 to Sept 2017)

“Elegant, humble.” Dr Martin Shaw, mythologist and story-teller

Writing a mile on scrolls of paper as long as the pool, I asked swimmers at Pells and beyond this question: When did you feel most wild and free? In your body? Your mind?

The project received wide press coverage, including a feature by The Outdoor Swimming Society and coverage by BBC News.