Residencies

Writers’ residencies in Church Cottage since our inception

From April 2016, we are distributing the Skoyles Bursaries Fund, allocated by the Foyle Foundation. This allows us to offer up to £10,000 to our appointed writers each year and individual bursaries will be up to £1,000 per calendar month.

While our residencies are based on excellence and need, occasionally we make different arrangements with specific writers who have no financial need but who wish to pay us for the privacy and convenience of Church Cottage. Some writers are sponsored by Arts Council England or by their publishers, but for those in need we offer bursaries.

The length of each residence is based upon what women request, many have complicated domestic, personal and professional lives and ask to make several short visits while some writers have no home in the UK and ask for a longer period, and all these factors we accommodate. Each resident is visited and mentored by a trustee and their return, which is often requested, is at the discretion of the trustees.

Some appointments are made collaboratively with the Royal Shakespeare Company and annually we house the poet appointed by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. We are currently seeking to collaborate with Warwick University and their ‘Warwick Writers’ course.

2016
October/November Lilian Pizzachini, novelist/biographer
September SBT poet
August Natasha Davies, performance artist
July Teresa Howard, lyric playwright
1st May – 14th June Timberlake Wertenbaker, playwright
22nd – 25th April Salley Vickers, novelist
1st – 21st April Martine Bailey, novelist
28th – 31st March Marion Morgan, musician
13th February – 25th March Ellen Phethean, poet/playwright
8th – 11th February Marion Morgan, musician
3rd January – 6th February Helena McEwen, novelist/painter
2015
16th November – 2nd January commercial rent to Michael Bywater
1st – 14th November Susannah Pickering, poet/playwright
15th August – 30th October Helena McEwen, novelist/painter
1st – 14th August Elizabeth Speller, poet/novelist
1st – 31st July Sally Goldsmith, poet (SBT appointment)
24th – 30th June Jane Brown, biographer
24th May – 21st June Patti Gaal-Holmes, performance/film-maker
29th April – 13th May Elizabeth Speller, poet/novelist
30th March – 24th April Joan Bakewell (see below)
8th – 28th March Elizabeth Speller (see below)
1st February – 4th March Jackie Bennett garden historian (SBT appointment)
2nd – 30th January Elizabeth Speller poet/novelist
2014
7th October – 19th December Teresa Howard, lyric theatre (Arts Council funded) musical adaptation of Pushkin’s ‘Eugene Onegin’ to be called ‘Eddie O’ for Hackney Empire Theatre 2015 and touring 2016
14th September – 4th October Joan Bakewell, journalist/broadcaster (see below)
8th August – 12th September Patti Gaal-Holmes, artist/film maker: ‘A history of 1970s Experimental film: Britian’s decade of Diversity’, Palgrave Macmillan 2015
11th July – 7th August Jo Bell, poet, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust appointment; contributed to Poetry Festival and a new collection to be published by Nine Arches Press 2015
8th June – 10th July Jinny Webber, American scholar/novelist: research for third in a trilogy of novels about Elizabethan theatre (‘The Secret Player’, ‘Dark Venus’) Nebbadoon Press, California USA: 2015
28th April – 28th May Salley Vickers, novelist/journalist (see below)
5th – 27th April Joan Bakewell, journalist/writer book about ageing (untitled): Virago Press, intended publication 2016
5th January – 31st March Salley Vickers, novelist/journalist (see below)
2013
23rd November – 30th December Martine Bailey, novelist. Work on the second of two novels (first ‘An Appetite for Violets’ 2014), The Penny Heart’ 2015 Hodder and Stoughton UK and USA
5th August – 20th November Salley Vickers, novelist/journalist. Short stories, ‘The Boy who Could See Death’, Viking Penguin 2015
2nd July – 1st August Wendy Cope, poet, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust appointment, contributed to the Poetry Festival
24th May – 30th June Quincy Whitney, musicologist from USA; ‘The Luthier- A Violinmaker’s Crescendo’ a biography of instrument maker, Carleen Maley Hutchinson’, University Press of New England, 2016
28th April – 11th May Val Horsler, ‘Round the Square’ editor/research at request of HHT for our own publication 2014
5th January – 29th March Teresa Howard, lyric theatre; musical adaptation of Dodie Smith’s novel ‘I Capture the Castle’ for Watford Palace Theatre 2015 plus touring 2016 (Arts Council funding)
2012
19th September – 21st November Kitty Fitzgerald, novelist/stories, ‘Miranda’s Shadow’, Iron Press 2013
2nd – 15th September Val Horsler, ‘Round the Square’ editor/research at request of HHT for our own publication 2014
11th – 25th August Helen Stanton, theologian/biographer: (see below)
30th June – 7th August Kapka Kassabova, poet/writer Shakespeare Birthplace Trust appointment, contributed to the Poetry Festival
24th May – 28th June Natasha Davis, performance artist: worked on ‘Internal Terrains’ commissioned by Colchester Arts Centre and performed 2012 and recently in USA and elsewhere
11th February – 23rd May Mary Jane Baxter, journalist/maker: ‘The Modern Girl’s Guide to Hatmaking’, Kyle Books, 2013
4th January – 10th February Val Horsler, historian, ‘Guide to Holy Trinity, Stratford’, to accompany the history (see below)
2011
14th – 23rd December Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, yoga writer (see below)
24th November – 11th December Elizabeth Speller, poet/novelist ‘At Break of Day’ Virago 2013, USA Pegasus Books retitled ‘The First of July’ 2014
1st – 23rd November Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, yoga writer (see below)
10th September – 20th October Helen Stanton, theologian/biographer ‘For Peace and for Good’, a study of the Franciscan order in Anglican church’: Canterbury Press 2015
16th July – 7th September Anita Mason, novelist: no recorded outcome
6th – 15th July Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, yoga writer: ‘Yoni Shanti: a woman’s guide to power and freedom through yoga and tantra’: Yoga Words, 2014
9th – 30th June Curious, pair residency, Helen Paris, Leslie Hill, performed ‘Avon’ (see below)
9th March – 4th June Gill Plain, literary/film historian: ‘War, Postwar and Peace: a literary history of 1940s’, Edinburgh University Press 2013
8th January – 6th March Jan Dunn, film script writer: no recorded outcome
2010
31st October – 30th December Jane Brown, biographer/garden historian ‘Dorothy: a biographical essay’ printed privately (subsequently expanded into full biography of Dorothy Elmhirst Whitney, 2015)
1st September – 30th October Lara Platman, photo journalist, ‘Harris Tweed: from land to street’ Frances Lincoln 2011
3rd July – 30th August Anjum Malik, television script writer no recorded outcome
8th May – 3rd July Anna Shevchenko, novelist ‘The Game’, Headline Publishing 2012
22nd April – 4th May Ruth Thomas, novelist; ‘The Home Corner’ book of short stories’, Faber and Faber 2011
2009
October 2009 – April 2010 building work on Church Cottage
30th August – 2nd October Gerry Pilgrim, performance artist, RSC appointment (see below)
2nd August – 29th August Val Horsler, historian, SBT appointment ‘Shakespeare’s Church: a parish for the world’ Third Millenium publishing, London 2010
2nd June – 31st July Curious, performance partnership, Helen Paris and Leslie Hill, RSC appointment, prepared ‘Avon’ a performance event enacted on the River Avon at Stratford: also photography exhibition at RSC Gallery, ‘Fourteen Lines of Love’ summer 2009
4th January – 15th March Geraldine Pilgrim, performance artist, RSC appointment, ‘Handbags’ performance at RSC 2009
2008
1st October – 31st December Sarah Burton, biographer/novelist, novel manuscript ‘H’, currently unpublished
10th August – 30th September Jane Hill, art historian:completed ‘The Sculpture of Gertrude Hermes’, Lund Humphries 2011
1st – 27th July Louise Foxcroft, medical/social historian ‘Hot Flushes, Cold Science: history of the modern menopause’, Granta Books 2009
1st April – 29th June Frances Donnelly, broadcaster/novelist no published outcome
1st January – 30th March Elizabeth Speller, poet/novelist ‘The Return of Captain John Emmett’, Virago 2011
2002 to end 2007
June 2005 – June 2007 Elspeth Sandys, novelist from New Zealand completed a novel, ‘The Names of Things’ a novel about Bernard Shaw, remains unpublished ES became an ‘Officer of the Order of New Zealand’ whilst in residence (equivalent to OBE)
June 2002 – June 2004 Jessica Berens, journalist/novelist Novel, ‘The Daughter of Ezekial’ unpublished