In just under a week I’ll be heading to Europe for a three month holiday with my lovely sister, Kate. Unlike me, she’s not a writer but she’s happy to travel to Oxford on the 7th September, along with Paula, my writerly Facebook friend, for a ‘Writing Retreat and Literary Tour’ which is being run by the Australian Writers’ Centre in association with Bookshop Travel.
The retreat takes place at the famous 16th century, Lygon Arms. It’s a traditional inn, rich in history and charm.
Paula and I will be joining best-selling author Kate Forsyth for a week in the beautiful English village of Broadway in the Cotswolds, and each morning she will teach us the art and craft of writing novels that draw upon all the magic and mystery of the past.
Our afternoons will be spent exploring Oxford, the “city of dreaming spires” and Stratford-upon-Avon. We’ll get to visit the Bodleian Library which featured in the famous Harry Potter films, and we’ll wander through some of England’s most beautiful gardens and have a drink in the pub where C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien first shared their enchanted worlds. No doubt we’ll be inspired by the romantic setting of castles and yew mazes, mysterious circles of standing stones, and haunted manor halls.
It will truly be a unique experience. We’re looking forward to being inspired and motivated, and I personally can’t wait to discover a whole new world of writing and finding the magic that’s missing in my current novel.
Do keep posted for more updates.
Meanwhile, happy writing . . .