Founder/Secretary: Sarah Hosking
Registered Charity No: 1076713
The Hosking Houses Trust was registered as a charity in 1999, with the aim of founding residential fellowships for older women writers and (eventually) artists and composers of achievement and merit. Fund raising was initiated and our first property, Church Cottage (suitable for writers) was acquired by the Trust in 2001.
Our first residence was in 2002/4, which was funded on housing benefit. Since then we have offered bursaries to our resident writers, gradually increasing in amount as we became more successful in raising funds, and it is now £750pcm. We aim to increase this until it is comparable with the major, literary prizes.
By January 2013, we shall have hosted twenty-seven writers and held over thirty residencies (some people return once, twice or even three times). Therefore (like Dracula) we are seeking new blood.
From Autumn 2012 we are advertising again for six new writers to take up residencies from March/April 2013, usually
for two months but sometimes from three weeks to three months. For full details, see our 'Advertisement' link,
but briefly our requirements are-
Women over the age of forty, with the legal right to be in the UK or Ireland-
With a contract for original work to be published, broadcast or performed-
We give a monthly bursary and pay all costs for Church Cottage. There are no imposed duties.
Closing date for applications: 25th February 2013
These are the people we have so far hosted or have appointed, sometimes in collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company or the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
|Teresa Howard, playwright||January - March 2013|
|Kitty Fitzgerald, novelist||September - December 2012|
|Val Horsler, historian||September 2012|
|Helen Stanton, theologian||August 2012|
|Kapka Kassabova, poet, writer||June - August 2012|
|Natasha Davis, performance artist||May - June 2012|
|Mary Jane Baxter, fashion writer||January - April 2012|
|Val Horsler, historian||December 2011|
|Elizabeth Speller, poet/novelist/writer||November 2011|
|Helen Stanton, theologian||September - October 2011|
|Anita Mason, novelist||July - September 2011|
|Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, yoga writer/teacher||three short residencies, July
November, December 2011
|Gill Plain, literary historian||March-April-May 2011|
|Jan Dunn, film script writer||January - February 2011|
|Jane Brown, biographer/historian||November - December 2010|
|Lara Platman, photo journalist||September - October 2010|
|Anjum Malik, TV script writer||July - August 2010|
|Anna Shevchenko, novelist||May - June 2010|
|Ruth Thomas, novelist||April 2010|
|September 2009 - April 2010 Church Cottage empty for renovation|
|Val Horsler, historian||August 2009|
|Curious Leslie Hill/Helen Paris||June - July 2009|
|RSC appointment||September 2009|
|Geraldine Pilgrim, performance artist||January - March 2009|
|Sarah Burton, novelist||September - December 2008|
|Jane Hill, art historian||August - September 2008|
|Louise Foxcroft, medical/social writer||July 2008|
|Frances Donnelly, broadcaster/novelist||April - June 2008|
|Elizabeth Speller, poet, novelist, writer||January - March 2008|
|Elspeth Sandys, novelist||June 2005 - June 2006|
|Jessica Berens, novelist/journalist||June 2002 - June 2004|
About The Hosking Houses Trust
A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction. Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own Penguin Classics 1928
We would add to this…'if she is to write anything' for while the circumstances of women have changed dramatically since 1928, it is still the case that women are still usually unequal in gender opportunity. We have therefore given bricks, mortar and a credited bank account to this ideal and we are able to offer a period of financially protected domestic peace to women whom we believe deserve it.
Registered as a charity in 1995 and active since 2001, we appoint women over the age of forty who have achieved a substantial body of work on any subject whatsoever but who need a period of personal time in which to start, continue or complete interesting or innovative work. We expect our residents to have a contract for publication, broadcast or performance, as we cannot subsidise work (however brilliant) that is destined to sit unseen in a bottom drawer. We appoint according to professionalism (originality, ability, ambition and experience) and need (whether financial, political or medical need, or simply the weariness of middle age).
Writers can be in residence from between two weeks to six months, but usually for two to three months. We offer Church Cottage, which is beside the Church in Clifford Chambers, a village within two miles of Stratford-upon-Avon. It is small, a lower and upper room each fifteen feet square, but it is comfortable and well appointed with a tiny private garden, access to another garden and a rowing boat on the nearby River Stour. We pay all the running costs and also a personal bursary, currently £750pcm. "I was thinking of the safety and prosperity of one sex and the poverty and insecurity of the other" (Virginia Woolf) and it is this despair, even after eighty years, that has encouraged us to make our residencies as safe and prosperous as possible.
All we ask in return is that residents acknowledge us in all published or performed work and give us a copy of the resulting book, film or recording. There are no duties whatsoever, privacy is assured and pets are welcome.
* Quotations from A Room of One’s Own are by permission of the Society of Authors as the literary representatives of the estate of Virginia Woolf.
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