Jessica Whyte, 7 – 28 March 2020

I had a wonderfully productive time during my two weeks in Brisons Veor. I not only wrote the first 7000 words of my novel, but did a lot of relevant research and reading. As my novel is set in West Cornwall, I was able to take trips to locations I will be including in the book, such as Lamorna, Mousehole, Zennor and of course exploring Cape Cornwall itself. I also made good use of the Penzance library Art Collection and Tate St Ives to research Cornish female artists. The peace and tranquility of Brisons Veor was the perfect place to work, think, walk and contemplate. I also wrote poems during my stay, and surprised myself by writing and illustrating a children’s book during my time there. The artistic legacy of the place prompted me to draw for the first time in many years. I achieved all the goals I set for myself, and much more.

From the Visitors’ Book:
“What a privilege to have spent two weeks in this spectacular location! I am leaving here with a heavy heart one week earlier than planned, due to my underlying health conditions, forcing me back home to self-isolate in the hope of avoiding Coronavirus.
It’s been in many ways a strange time to be here, with the isolated wonder of this place, the rhythm of nature, the sky, wind and sea on one hand and the rising anxiety of a global pandemic bubbling in the background. I would have loved my time here to not be in the shadow of the virus, but it has reminded me of how art is made; in the light and in the dark.
I have not only written my first ever children’s story (for my four-year-old nephew) but I actually illustrated it with pen and ink drawings – the first time I’ve got back to drawing for many years. This place freed me to play, and it just happened. I hope to return, I (cut short my stay) by one week and have unfinished business!
May all future residents be as inspired and surprised as I have been.”