Saturday, 24 May 2014
I have signed up to The WoMentoring Project - a free mentoring project, which is the brainchild of author Kerry Hudson, and that aims to support emerging female writers. The scheme has been created to help those who would usually find the costs of mentoring prohibitive. As the website says: 'The mission of The WoMentoring Project is simple: to introduce successful literary women to other women writers at the beginning of their careers who would benefit from some insight, knowledge and support'. I'm offering a couple of hours of free mentoring to one mentee so if anyone is interested in taking up the offer, my profile is on the site here. There are plenty of other writers to choose from though - as well as editors and literary agents - so it's well worth applying if it's something you fancy doing. I'm currently being mentored through my own novel (not via this project) so I know how worthwhile it is to be supported by someone who's already been where you would like to go.
Thursday, 1 May 2014
|Hawthornden Castle viewed from one of the castle walks|
In a little more detail... I travelled by train to Edinburgh on a Saturday in mid-March with a huge suitcase (yes, I took far too much) and was picked up at the station by the castle administrator, who also happens to be a poet, Hamish Robinson - a lovely and very funny human being indeed. A couple of the writers had already arrived the day before after flying in from the US, so after collecting me there were a couple more to pick up before we made our way to the castle.
|My room: Bronte|
|One of the rooms in the library|
|Part of the Castle Walk|
I only left the castle and its grounds to visit nearby Rosslyn Chapel (of Da Vinci Code fame) and to
|The Hawthornden Effect: very true|
I'm hugely grateful to the fellowship founder and owner of the castle, Mrs Drue Heinz, and the application committee for inviting me along... as well as to Hamish, Mary, Georgina and Ruth for looking after us all so well. Unfortunately you can't apply for another five years after you've been but I'd certainly love to go again if I'm able to: Hawthornden gives you a room of your own and much, much more.