I’ve recently returned home from a six-week residency at MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire, where I worked 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, across the arts, and have come away absolutely buoyed by the experience.
Star Studio, before the snow
Colony Hall with Christmas decorations
desk in Star Studio
origami, thinking time
frost on the meadow
view from my window
sunshine through the trees
Star Studio after the first snowfall
dawn with Monadnock Mountain in the distance
the verge after the dark-eyed Junkos dug it out.
from my daughter
the wall disappears
a red squirrel was here
bitterly cold morning
Star Studio through the trees
on the red trail
a star for the next Star artist
Mountain Laurels at MacDowell grave site
visiting an artist studio
view from Lodge after the snow
on the way to the studio
braving the cold
goodbye Star Studio
sunset over Monadnock
Colony Hall, snow drifts
long morning shadows
the chair disappears
adding my name to the tombstone
Edward MacDowell’s Log Cabin
in from the cold at Savidge Library
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
January 14th, 2018.