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Residency Reflections

It has been a month since I wrapped up my second residency at Hambidge. Like last time, I now remember so well the odd and all-consuming disorientation of leaving a residency after so many weeks of quiet and reflective time with my writing and retreat-style living. What returned with me from the residency this time is a short list of goals and aims for my life back in the 'Real World', or back where work and house and family has the majority of my time. A residency or a retreat is just that: a being-somewhere-else-ness, away from the world and with oneself. I find this time essential to re-centering and to fuelling the words and ideas that go into new poetry and research.

I encountered many joyful recognitions in the revisiting of the site of my first residency, yet there were also many moments of bewildering confusion and a lack of familiarity. The quiet winter landscape that I found so stark and memorable from spring 2018 was, very clearly, a different beast in summer. The …

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