Teresa Hudson

19 July – 3 August 2014

My time at Brisons Veor was extremely productive. Immediately prior to my residency there I spent two weeks in St. Petersburg, Russia, researching material for short stories and one non-fiction project. As a result of the conflict in Ukraine and the tensions (both personal and public) between Russia and the rest of the world at this time, my visit yielded much more material than I had anticipated. I was therefore in great need of the opportunity to process, review, organize, and consider what to do with the myriad impressions and information I brought away with me. The beauty, serenity, and relative solitude of Brisons Veor was the perfect environment in which to do just that. It restored my emotional and psychological balance, and gave me both the time and space to create works of fiction based on my experiences there.

Key achievements: I was able to complete first drafts of three new short stories, edit and revise two others, and began to sort and organize material for my non-fiction project (a collection of personal essays connected with cemeteries). I also completed drafts of two shorter works: an essay on Cape Cornwall (which I may include in my non-fiction project) and a “short-short” (flash) story about the Scilly Islands.

Teresa Hudson