Cove Park Day 6

I woke an hour early owing to the clock change so began the day as Churchill apparently did, writing in bed. I had planned a trip into Kilcreggan because Tuesday is Fish Van Day. Three of us embarked on this expedition only to discover that the fish man was nowhere to be seen. Much consternation in the community and a variety of theories as to why this might be the case. There was nothing for it but to console ourselves with tea, coffee, scones and tiffin (consumed severally) in the excellent local tea room.

We did however fulfil one of the aims of this residency. It’s described as a ‘cross art form collaboration’ and as we work on our own projects, I was not quite sure what was meant. What I’m finding though is that I’m with people who understand what it means to get excited about rainbows or strangely shaped trees, no matter whether these have a direct bearing on our work. This morning in the cafe, we talked about what it’s like to be here. It can take a while to find what the time here is really all about. Yes, we have an ‘official’ project but what’s as important if not more so, is nourishing ourselves in the interest of the creative process – and sometimes that means going for a walk or having a laugh. It’s not always, indeed it can’t always be, high-powered and intense. At first you feel a but guilty not churning out stuff all the time but then you realise that you’re in this lovely place to be refreshed and renewed.

My two companions are visual artists. One has been here before and so was more relaxed from the outset about using the time. They talked about working with what is here rather than lugging a whole load of materials – and then having a piece of work to lug home again! Though obviously a writer has less to cart around, there’s an analogy. Respond to what is here, use what is here without having too strong a pre-conceived idea about how it will be.

2 Responses to “Cove Park Day 6”

  1. 1 Charlotte Hannett November 26, 2007 at 3:32 pm

    Hi Alison, found you at last. I’ve just been reading your Cove blog and the words have given me a bit of a boost. Since Cove it has been a little slow for me and you reminded me that not everything has a direct bearing on our work, at least not an apparent one. I find more and more that my work comes together as if by accident. I’m working on many things and only realise at the end that I am always talking about the same things, the rainbows always have a purpose!

    Hope things are well with you


  2. 2 alisonwriting November 26, 2007 at 3:56 pm

    I’m so glad! Thanks so much for responding. I’ve found it a challenge to make time for the writing once back in the rest of my life. So it’s good to keep encouraging each other.


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