Hosking Houses Trust, the charitable trust which provides a house and an income for a prospective woman writer, is looking to make its second appointment.
The Trust, which was launched in 2002, is the brainchild of Sarah Hosking. Inspired by Virginia Woolf's A Room Of One's Own, and aware of the pressures on women and society's expectations of them, especially after having 'dropped everything' to nurse her ailing parents, Sarah's aim, via the Trust, is to provide literary and other artistic fellowships to women over the age of 40. The year-long appointment includes occupation of Church Cottage, a tiny but beautiful house dating back to 1700, in the village of Clifford Chambers near Stratford-upon-Avon. Occupancy also includes payment of all bills and services, including Council Tax but excepting telephone and Internet fees.
A small monthly bursary of pounds 200 (pounds 2400 for the year) is also available for the resident writer.
The appointee is expected to have published significant work on any subject, or to have broadcast, taught or acted extensively in the English language, and the residency is intended for a woman who could use the opportunity to start or complete interesting or innovative work on any subject that might otherwise be abandoned. …