a wintery writer’s retreat



A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be able to duck off for a few days on a bit of a writer’s retreat. I’d never done this before and – to be honest – was very apprehensive. What if I got there and couldn’t write? What if the place I was staying in was uninspiring? What if it was just an outright bad idea? What if, what if, what if! Thank the writing gods, within the first few minutes of arriving at my wee cottage, all my niggling (and let’s be honest – ridiculous) hypotheticals were well and truly put to rest and I was able to write solidly every day.

The cottage I stayed in is one of three accommodation options at The Baldessin Press in St Andrews. It took me only 40 mins to get there from my inner city residence (!) and it was just divine. Surrounded by trees and veggie gardens and orchards and roos (yep, roos!) you feel like you’re an entire world away from the city. Continue reading

Criterion Issue 2

Last night I went to the launch of the second issue of a new arts publication Criterion. This month’s issue “Artistic Struggles” featured one of my articles, The Limitations of Expression. Produced and edited by Yalei Wang, Criterion is a breath of fresh air in the arts realm, focusing on “what making art and being an artist is about” – it’s written by artists for artists. At the moment limited copies are being printed so if you’d like to get your hands on one, your best bet is to try The Paperback BookstoreKings ARI or Seventh Gallery where it’s being stocked (Seventh will be stocking Criterion from the 22nd of August).

Questions? Submissions? Looking for a copy of Issue 2? Email criterionmagazine@live.com.

Want a copy of my article? Contact me.