I arrived ten days ago in Grahamstown, in the eastern Cape, to take up the Mellon Writer in Residence at Rhodes University. I’ll be here for three months working on new material, helping out with the MA creative writing programme and giving public readings and lectures. I’ll also be launching my new collection of poetry, Left Over, published by Dye Hard Press – but more about that later.
In the meantime, here is something from my current journal about the value of a residency:
“A residency – it seems to me slowly now – is not so much about the work produced, the amount of work begun and finished. But what I think it is about is the opportunity for a writer to be able to listen and to hear himself. To have the space and the time to walk around inside his own mouth all day and night. This is a true gift. The opportunity to connect anew (or connect for the first time) with what is there on the inside of the outside.”