In 2022 Mercury Musical Developments and The Hosking Houses Trust are offering the opportunity for three female, female identifying or non-binary writers to each take up a residency for one month, at any time of the year, in an idyllic, well-equipped cottage in Clifford Chambers, Stratford-Upon-Avon.
Thanks to funding from the Jane Goodman Legacy Fund, there will be a bursary of £1000 along with mentorship from a female-identifying new musical theatre writer who has previously spent time writing at the cottage. The writers will be required to write a short evaluation of their time at the cottage and also take part in a sharing of their work with MMD members, either online or live.
The Hosking Houses Trust was founded by Sarah Hosking whose mission was to provide a ‘Room of One’s Own’ in which women could write. Since 2002 more than 100 writers and artists have stayed in the cottage, writing poetry, novels and plays and making art for exhibitions. They include Timberlake Wertenbaker, Joan Bakewell, Salley Vickers, Maggie Gee, Chinonyerem Odimba and Wendy Cope. Marina Warner has been patron of the Trust since 2006. It is only a walk across the fields from The Royal Shakespeare Theatre and in the heart of Shakespeare country with wonderful walks and good restaurants and pubs nearby.