At 7:30 my thermos of coffee is delivered to my door and I take my manuscript, computer, coffee and a plate of fruit and cheese out to the terrace to begin my day.
The house is big, with enough room for all of us to work, undisturbed, in our own spaces. Ann, a writer from New Hampshire is working on a book about her experience with a life-threatening open-brain surgery 9 years ago. Elaine, the baby of the house, is an actress and poet currently living in Los Angeles, and as I write this she is yelling for help to deal with a centipede that is crawling across her bed. Jane is sitting on the lawn across from me. She is a painter and art instructor from the U.S. who has a studio on the top floor of our house and is doing plein air watercolour work, capturing the glorious hills of Tuscany. Jennifer, who is busily typing away in her room, is a writer from New Glasgow who is working on a memoir.
Late in the afternoon we head up the hill, a one kilometer hike, for craft talks, drinks and dinner at the Courthouse.
Our first craft talk was from Cheryl Tan, https://cheryllulientan.com author of Tiger in the Kitchen, a memoir of returning home to Singapore to reconnect with the food of her childhood. Cheryl also read from her novel Sarong Party Girls which is written in English and Singlish (a combination of English, Chinese and Malay) it was wonderful to hear it read in Cheryl’s voice. Last night was the Canadian artist Sarah Cale https://sarahcale.com/home.html Sarah did her MFA at NSCAD and is now living and working in Belgium. Sarah talked about the evolution of her work which is a combination of painting and collage. In some of her work paint strokes are applied to a plastic surface and when dry are transferred and collaged onto wood, canvas or linen. Tonight’s craft talk will be with Michael Salu http://www.michaelsalu.com/art/ Michael was born in Britain of Nigerian heritage and now lives in Berlin. He was creative director of Granta magazine, is an artist, critic and writer. His talk tonight will look at the intersection of art and writing.