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A New Kitten

Sarah Hosking has a new kitten called Doris to add to her menagerie of creatures. I couldn’t resist a picture!

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Back in the Room

I am back at the Hosking House again – this little bit of paradise. The winter fields of turned mud and root crops have been sown with wheat, bright and green with heavy heads, waving in the wind. Sarah Hosking … Continue reading

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Exciting Plans for the Hosking Houses Trust

This weekend I was lucky enough to find myself back in Stratford, to watch the RSC’s Volpone, Merchant of Venice and Othello. I went to support my collaborators Steven Edis (composer of the music in Trevor Nunn’s production of Volpone) and … Continue reading

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Leaving the Room

The residency came to an end as all good things do. I packed up my paper and pens, no that was in another era- I packed up my computer and printer and all the books and papers and the comforting rug … Continue reading

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Angels Can Fly Because They Take Themselves Lightly

The Hosking Houses Trust staged an enchanting evening on the theme of angels. ‘Angels fly  because they take themselves lightly’ – G.K. Chesterton. It was held at St Helen’s Church, in Clifford Chambers, on Sunday. Author of ‘Miss Garnet’s Angel’, Salley Vickers, … Continue reading

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It was wonderful to get so much feedback from the team about the new show, and  to work on it at the cottage. We read out the whole script, commenting on things as we went and exchanged thoughts we had had from our … Continue reading

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I am musing on the first draft of the show: turning over the moments I think need more work, wondering about intentions, song moments, choices, characters… Tomorrow my collaborators and I will be reading out the first draft and discussing … Continue reading

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First Draft

I have been silent for a while – this is because I was finishing the first draft of the show.  It has now gone out to my collaborators, my agent and our producer. Once it had gone I realised that … Continue reading

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Remembrance Sunday

This morning I was invited to the Remembrance Service for Clifford Chambers at  St Helen’s Church. After  hymns and readings we all silently stepped outside the church behind the Vicar, to stand round the memorial cross in the square.  The vicar waited for … Continue reading

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The Witch of Edmonton

Last night Sarah Hosking and I went to see the RSC production of The Witch of Edmonton, with the sublime Eileen Atkins as Elizabeth Sawyer – the Witch, David Rintoul as Sir Arthur Clarington and Jay Simpson as The Dog … Continue reading

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