Writers’ Residencies

Writers’ residencies in Church Cottage since our inception

Below we list residents from our inception in 2002 and those booked until January 2021. This comprises over one hundred residencies and about sixty different individuals (writers may return up to three times).

Our intended schedule was cancelled due to the pandemic, four new writers withdrew so we hosted an ‘ad hoc’ programme of people known to us before a new schedule became finalised from January 2021.

Their photographs, with their comments on residencies, are under Gallery.

20th November – 2nd January 2021 Elizabeth Speller, novelist
31st October – 14th November Salley Vickers, novelist
3rd – 28th October Anita Pati, poet
19th – 28th September Anna Shevchenko, novelist
5th – 15th September Elizabeth Speller, novelist
22nd August – 3rd September Mary Jane Baxter, maker
6th – 19th August Maggie Gee, novelist
20th – 31st July Chino Odimba, playwright
March – July…closed due to Covid pandemic
9th – 17th March Timberlake Wertenbaker …. left early due to Covid
29th February – 6th March Julie Blake, Mercury Musical
2nd – 28th February Christine Valters Paintner, Ireland, Catholic theologian
5th – 31st January Susan Vickerman, poet/translator
Empty for Christmas guests
12th October – 14th December Valerie Coffin Price, illustrator
Empty for Persephone Press guests
3rd – 30th September Brandy Schillace (USA), medical ethics
18th – 30th August Maggie Gee, novelist/poet
8th July – 16th August Laura Joyce, novelist
(Coventry University appt)
14th June – 6th July Romalyn Ante, poet (SBT appt)
12th May – 12th June Lotte Crawford, art historian
(Coventry University appt)
8th February – 10th May Mary Jane Baxter, journalist/milliner
Closed for building and renovation until February 2019
30th July – 30th September Julia Copus, poet and biographer
9th – 29th July Closed for renovation
14th June – 1st July Astrid Alben, poet
6th – 13th June Catherine Fox, novelist Kiss and Part
28th April – 5th June Curious partnership, performance artists
22nd – 26th April Catherine Fox, novelist Kiss and Part
3rd – 9th April Jo Baker, novelist Kiss and Part
3rd – 8th March Lucy Durneen, novelist Kiss and Part
20th February – 31st March Erica Charalambous (Coventry University appt)
23rd January – 18th February Mez Packer (Coventry University appt)
5th – 22nd January Salley Vickers
13th December – 3rd January Natasha Davies, performance artist
12th November – 3rd December Maria McCann, novelist
30th October – 9th November Amanda Smythe, novelist
1st – 22nd October Anna Shevchenko, novelist
28th August – 10th September Teresa Howard, lyric playwright
16th – 26th August Joan Bakewell, novelist Kiss and Part
1st – 14th August Maggie Gee, novelist Kiss and Part
19th June – 18th July Jessica Mehta, poet
  (SBT appointment)
4th – 17th June Deborah Arnander,’Words and Women’
2nd May – 3rd June Natasha Davis, performance artist
24th – 30th April Jill Dawson, novelist Kiss and Part
17th – 22nd April Nadia Fall, playwright
2nd – 16th April Victoria Kelley, social historian
10th – 31st March Salley Vickers, novelist Kiss and Part
6th February – 7th March Maria McCann, novelist Kiss and Part
3rd – 30th January Solitaire Townsend, environmentalist
12th November – 30th December Timberlake Wertenbaker, playwright
24th October – 11th November Kathleen Soriano, art historian
1st – 23rd October Salley Vickers
1st – 30th September Cindy Lynn Brown, poet
  (SBT appointment)
31st July – 29th August 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
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
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)
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)
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)
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
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
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
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