Thursday 14 April 2016

Heinrich Böll Residency Achill Island March 2016

I have just returned from a two week residency in the Heinrich Böll cottage on Achill Island.  This cottage is available for use by writers, poets and artists from around the world.  The cottage was made available through Heinrich Böll’s family and is supported by Mayo County Council and administered by the Heinrich Böll Committee.  Information about Heinrich Böll, a Nobel Prize winning author, the annual weekend of writing and talks and details of how to apply for the residency are available at

Having only visited Achill Island once before, when I was child, it was wonderful to return.  I had the opportunity to take time to read and think.  The weather was fantastic and constantly changing so I took the opportunity to walk and explore the area.   As for painting, I did lots of that too…  With so little distraction, in my case no television to watch, I felt like I gained hours every evening and all the walking in the mornings really energised me.  Such a great experience and a huge thank you to all involved, in particular John McHugh and the committee.

The view from the study down towards the beach in Dugort

Tree roots remain on the beach at Dugort

Keel Beach with a rain shower approaching

A rubbing of a tile over the fireplace in the cottage

Instead of buying postcards I took the time to make some

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