Several Rooms of One's Own - My Writing Retreat at Arvon's Lumb Bank

Yesterday the Arvon Foundation posted a blog I wrote about the wonderful week I spent at Lumb Bank in 2010, pulling together the manuscript for my recently published travel memoir, Americashire: A Field Guide to a Marriage. The Arvon Foundation puts on residential writing course and retreats in amazing homes around the UK, and it was a privilege that I got to spend mine at Lumb Bank, the former home of Ted Hughes. Coincidentally, it was his friendship with Ted Hughes that got Seamus Heaney, the Irish poet and Nobel Laureate who passed away today, involved with the Arvon Foundation, of which he eventually became a patron.

Rather than post the blog here, I'll direct you to the Arvon site to read it, where you can also find out more about their writers' courses. I will, however, post some of my favorite pictures below from that special week in Yorkshire.

The library, one of my favorite rooms to work in:

View from my bedroom window:

Sylvia Plath's grave:

Walk in the woods near Lumb Bank:

Pretty front door in nearby village of Heptonstall:

Let's be friends

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