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Hectic Summer, Glorious Autumn at A Place to Write

It's been a hectic summer at A Place to Write, despite the less than wonderful weather! Aside from planning a full programme of retreats through to Easter 2024, and sorting issues like VAT registration, we have been working on the grounds and welcoming many holidaymakers to our beautiful retreat property. The recently opened Corwen-Llangollen Heritage Railway is proving immensely popular (you can see the steam train from our gardens!) and as the weather this week has warmed into something glorious, the full beauty of the landscape surrounding us, and the wildlife inhabiting that landscape, has once again taken centre-stage. Pheasants on the lower terrace; woodpeckers and swifts over the upper terrace, and butterflies galore in our wildflower garden. On sunny days like today there really is nowhere more glorious than the Berwyn Mountains overlooking the Dee Valley.

On a personal note, and equally uplifting on a personal level, I am delighted that my PhD thesis is moving towards its final phase: close re-reading of texts that I last studied eighteen months ago - when my understanding and knowledge of my subject was tiny compared with what it is today - has been thoroughly rewarding; more and more evidence emerging to support the argument and refine the 80,000 words already written! All is on course, it seems, for submission in early 2024.

Which just leaves our upcoming writing retreats: four this side of Christmas, and the first one taking place in just under three weeks' time (25th-28th September). We still have a couple of rooms available and are looking forward to welcoming yet more writers to our stunning location and our inspiring places to write. Here's to a sunny September and a glorious autumn for all!

A Pheasant in full plumage standing in grass
Pheasants in the Garden

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