Where I Write

Desk
Misty morning view of the house Surrealist writer Andre Breton lived in, from my writing desk in Maison Daura, Saint Cirq Lapopie, France

A short article on my writing process and places has just been published by Impress Books on their Blog ‘Where I Write’.

In her delightful book, Three Rivers of France, Freda White wrote about Saint Cirq Lapopie, where I am currently writer in residence: ‘The village clambers up an escarpment so steep that the door of each house is about level with the roof of that below.’ She was not exaggerating. It took a few days for me to get my ‘hill-legs’ when I first arrived. Yet the steepness is what makes this such a spectacular landscape, where there are so many vantage points to look at ‘the ravelled thread of water’ in the valley below, as the ‘most winding river in France’, the River Lot, makes its meandering way towards the sea.

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