‘A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write’
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own, Penguin Classics 1928
‘And also a four cylinder saloon with a hand operated clutch’
Attributed to Richmal Crompton
Welcome to the Hosking Houses Trust
Active since 2002, we support established women writers, artists and creative practitioners, usually over the age of 40, who face some kind of need in the continued development of their work. This need might be personal, domestic, financial or political.
We provide this support primarily, but not exclusively, through short-term residencies and, when needed and viable, bursaries.
To date over 160 women have participated in our residency programme, staying at Church Cottage, our small eighteenth-century cottage in the peaceful village of Clifford Chambers, two miles south of Stratford-upon-Avon.
The cottage is comfortable, private and well-appointed and includes a small well-lit studio and garden. It provides a welcome break from normal routine or disruption and the perfect setting for creative contemplation and focus. Building on the long-term success of our residency programme, we are currently fundraising to buy a second cottage in Clifford Chambers.
We are grateful for the ongoing support of the following organisations.