On the GEA Rhosygilwen Writers Retreat 2016

Day 1

An entertaining drive from London ensued in the afternoon from the centre of London, with the epic entertainment of our Eggs on Tour collaborative playlist (pulled together by Charlotte Teeple-Salas, K.M Lockwood, Sue Eves and myself, you’re welcome) we head-banged and chatted at length about story inspiration, creative influences, writing goals and loo-stops until we reached the twisty, winding ways of Rhos Y Gilwen. 

Wine consumption began early, and by the time the whole gang got together a beautiful meal of Welsh lamb was on offer with a stunning Summer Pudding dessert. 

Imogen gave us a great overview about the structure of the weekend, being quite free-form but with intermittent salons. Following fireside chats, delightful piano accompaniment from M.E.Vaughn, a sneaky card game, we retired to prepare for Day 2. 

Thanks to the Golden Egg Academy I have just spent a lovely, misty weekend in Pembrokeshire with some fabulous talents in the Childrens’ writing world, established authors, excellent ‘out on submission’ fellows and the publishing team from Firefly press. Hosted at the haunting and gothic, yet surprisingly cozy, Rhosygilwen estate by ‘Mother Goose’ Imogen Cooper

 

 

Day 2

After a brief breakfast in the bright conservatory we all spread about the grounds and building to find the appropriate nook (or cranny) to create. Some found inspiration in the garden, it’s frosty morning, summer-house, walled-garden.

(photo credit Sue Eves)

Others, like me, a cozy corner by the fire (maintained expertly by Charlotte). Only mild interruptions occurred in discussions with Imogen and fellow writers, circulating throughout. 

Wine consumption began early, and by the time the whole gang got together a beautiful meal of Welsh lamb was on offer with a stunning Summer Pudding dessert. 

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