March 20, 2019

I recently spent a month living in a castle in Scotland. People ask me how I managed such a thing. It all started at Mineral School Artists Residency. I enjoyed myself so much in that beautiful little school by the mountain lake that I started thinking about when I could have the residency experience again. Jane Hodges, the administrator of Mineral School was a delightful and attentive host who read our tarot cards and bubbled with stories and information. 

I told her how much I wanted to come back some day, and she said that residents can apply every two years, but that I should also try for other residencies. She then told me a treasure of a secret: There is a residency in Scotland, and if you’re selected, you get to stay for a whole month in a castle near Edinburgh. I was given the name of the magical place: Hawthornden. I applied, and to my joy and amazement, was invited to attend. All I had to do was get myself to Scotland.

The castle was once home to the Scottish poet William Drumm...

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