I’ve recently returned home from a six-week residency at MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire, where I was working on my second novel.
In those six weeks, I wrote a chunk of my book, produced new work (in part, to help me explore issues of climate change in my novel) and read fifteen novels. I met some truly amazing people, working across the arts, and have come away absolutely buoyed by the experience.
Star Studio, before the snow
desk in Star Studio
Colony Hall with Christmas decorations
origami, thinking time
frost on the meadow
sunshine through the trees
dawn with Monadnock Mountain in the distance
Star Studio after the first snowfall
view from my window
the verge after the dark-eyed Junkos dug it out.
from my daughter
long morning shadows
a red squirrel was here
bitterly cold morning
on the red trail
the wall disappears
Star Studio through the trees
braving the cold
visiting an artist studio
view from Lodge after the snow
the chair disappears
on the way to the studio
sunset over Monadnock
Colony Hall, snow drifts
Mountain Laurels at MacDowell grave site
Edward MacDowell’s Log Cabin
in from the cold at Savidge Library
adding my name to the tombstone
a star for the next Star artist
bye bye Star Studio
The Colony was established in 1907, primarily through the efforts of Marian MacDowell, the wife of American composer Edward MacDowell, who died prematurely in 1908. Marian recognised the difficulty of creating art, and seemed particularly aware of how this affected women, and thus MacDowell Colony was born, a visionary act which has become the model for many other artist residency programmes.
I want to thank everyone at MacDowell for giving me the opportunity to work on my novel there. It’s an experience I shall carry with me for many years.
More information on MacDowell Colony, including how to apply, can be found here: http://www.macdowellcolony.org