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Shelagh Stephenson Residency application

This residency will take place in the South of France from Monday 13 - Sunday 18 May 2024. Exact arrival and departure dates can be flexible but we expect the residency to last between five and seven days. Travel would be from Newcastle to France via aeroplane and train (costs to be covered by Live Theatre). Each writer will have a private room and bathroom on the property owned by Shelagh Stephenson. There will be two writers in residence with Shelagh. In Shelagh’s own words:

We have an old stone house in the Southern Rhone Valley, where I spend a lot of thinking/noodling/writing time, and often there’s just me and the dog there. There are a few houses in the hamlet, but that’s it. I wanted to offer a bit of space for writers to work in peace and quiet, in beautiful surroundings, away from domestic responsibilities. (I’ll do the cooking). The writers will have their own rooms and bathrooms. There’s a tiny pool. Behind the house there’s nothing but vines, and at night it’s completely silent. If they want to talk about the work, I’m happy to do so. If they don’t, I’m happy too. If they need a bit of down time, they can come with me to St. Quentin la Poterie and Uzès for the Thursday market /lunch. And hopefully, by the end of the stay, they’ll feel they’ve made some progress with the work.”

Along with travel covered by Live Theatre, board and cooked meals covered by Shelagh, we will also offer a small stipend for the week. There is no additional pay and any other costs incurred are the responsibility of the participants.

If you would like to be considered for this opportunity please click on this link

Deadline for applications is: Friday 1 March at 5pm.

We anticipate that there will be a lot of demand for this opportunity and only two available places. Please understand that we will there have to turn down many eligible and deserving people but hope very much that this is the start of other such ventures in the future. From these applications we will invite a small number of people for interview online. We are unable to offer feedback to anyone who is not taken forward for interview.

  • Arts Council England
  • Community Foundation
  • European Regional Development Fund


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