I am delighted that I have been awarded a fortnight’s residency in this beautiful library. The programme began last year and I am looking forward to attending some of the events that Ian Parks is featuring in next month. You can read all about the current year’s fantastic authors on the Gladstone Library website.
Next year’s four authors who are residing there for a month include fellow Salt author Vanessa Gebbie. All of them are extremely impressive. Katrina Naomi and I have both been given a fortnight’s residency. We are both poets and I have already been impressed by Katrina’s work.
The idea of the residencies is that we use the library for our own research anc complete some new work while we are there. We blog about our stay. Each author hosts events and workshops to share their expertise. These are open to the public and I do urge you to go and seek them out.
I am looking forward to the awards dinner this week. There are some people I know, at least on facebook, who will be there. It is taking place at The Liberal Club in London. Each of the six authors will say a few words about what the residency will mean to them. What to say? And what to wear?
It’s all very exciting.