Next Step Writing Residency

Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to a five day writing residency, run by Apples and Snakes and The Writers’ Centre Norwich, in a lovely house in Mundesly, on the snowy North Norfolk coast. Myself and four other poets – Rebecca Holmes, Leanne Moden, Hollie McNish, and Russell J Turner – spent our time working on ideas for full-length shows, adied and abbetted by poet coaches Francesca Beard, Luke Wright, Ross Sutherland, Hannah Walker, and Anna Selby.

Quite frankly, it was gruellin (l-r) Russ, Leanne and Hollieg but inspiring stuff – being surrounded by so much talent and support meant that we all had the confidence and atmosphere to bounce ideas around and get incredibly helpful feedback. It’s still going to be some time before I will truly be able to enunciate exactly how the last week affected me (fine words for a poet!), but hopefully you’ll see the difference in both my work and my work rate!

It sounds like a glib thing to say, but I think there’s immense value in these kind of residencies. The abilitiy to be able to tune out the everyday distractions and fully set your mind to an artistic project has a value that cannot be measured, and, – personally – watching and learning how other practitioners approach their artform can help me approach my work from new and very different angles. By the last night, all our brains had been running on overdrive for so long that the sauna, the swimming pool, and the long walks on the beach become more of a necessity than a luxury.

I’ll post links to all the other poet’s work as and when I come across it, but for now – if you don’t already know him – you should check out some ofPoet on the not-so-snowy beach Luke’s work on his website. Luke’s been a tremendous help to me in my writing and performance, and deserves all the nice things he gets.  If you already know Luke, then here’s a picture of Rebecca on a beach to distract you:

Anyway, suffice to say there’s exciting things in the pipeline, so watch this space for news.

(In other news, I’ve finally set up a Soundcloud account so I can share new poems with you as and when I write/record them. You can find the latest tracks in a widget on the right of your screen.)

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