Herman in residence

Krakow, Poland was my home for the whole of October. This was the view from my room at Villa Decius, where I was undertaking a writer’s residency as part of the Krakow UNESCO City of Literature Residency Programme…

I divided my time between working, creating and coffee-drinking. I also got some dog-walking in with my new canine pal, Lina. I explored the city and found lovely little nooks to eat cake and tap away on my laptop (shout out to Massolit bookstore and those delicious cookies). My hosts were wonderful and the city was splendid. I checked out the Krakow Book Fair and even got to see Hugh Howey chat about all things catastrophic at the Conrad Festival of Literature.

Clockwise from top left: wandering minds and wallpaper at Massolit; powerful views in Nowa Huta; Villa Decius looking mighty fine; doughnuts

I would definitely recommend a writer’s residency to anyone who struggles to find time for their craft. While I write a lot for my day job, I’m usually less motivated to work on my own personal projects (I’ve usually had enough screen time by that point!). Having this dedicated period to think and create and craft for writing’s sake was a fantastic opportunity, and I’m really pleased with the progress I made. I would like to thank all the Villa Decius and Krakow Festival Office staff for organizing the experience.

Clockwise from top left: Happy Halloween; cooking nuns at the book fair; lazy Lina watching me work; the grey gorgeousness of socialism

If you’d like to find out more about the Krakow UNESCO City of Literature Programme, click here.