Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Be Careful What You Wish For

I co-wrote a live literature piece on this subject, back in 2003, when I was part of a collaborative writing trio, called 3dV. It was a playful, historical story about desire, fate and neighbours. The initial idea came from group member, Mary Winter, but since then the refrain rattles about my head on a fairly frequent basis.

The loudest was when I bought my share of the boat three years ago.

The most recent clanging has been set off by my imminent departure for Hawthornden Castle. I can't remember when or how exactly I heard of this place, but for many many years I've wanted to go. With the publication of Host last year I applied for a place there to work on a maritime project I've been researching. I was thrilled to be accepted. Now I'm just about to go.

For a month. Without internet. With four other writers. In silence (at least, from 0930-1830).

I have no idea how this will pan out. I don't have a clear ambition for the month, except to think, read, hopefully write something and walk.

I've just finished Sara Maitland's A Book of Silence, which was good, if accidental, preparation.

And so, until April ...


Jane Eagland said...

How brave of you! This sounds appealing but it might be appalling. However it turns out I'm sure it will be a memorable experience... I hope it's really positive!

Claire Massey said...

Wow, that sounds amazing, hope you enjoy it!