I’m a professional composer and I’ve always loved writing. I’ve won a few writing competitions over the years and I’d like to take it more seriously in the future

I recently returned to Newcastle after living overseas for many years. I’ve been caring for my mother with dementia and sometimes it gets overwhelming. The residency gave me a great chance to clear my head and explore some fresh ideas in a wonderful space.

During the week I explored an almost subconscious idea for a novel. The Lighthouse is very inspiring and it triggered a bunch of rich childhood memories. I mostly did stream of consciousness exercises and by the end of the week I had pages of colourful ideas and a solid premise and structure.

Thank you!