Kathrine Clarke was in residence at McCraith House in May, in the lead up to her work with Women Writers in the City, a non/fictionLab project supported by City of Melbourne 2016 Arts Grants.
Writes Kat: “My time at the Butterfly House was a nice reminder of how much I love the simple things in life. Time slowed down and I was able to reconnect with some of my creative projects that had been sitting on the sidelines’ for sometime. After looking through what creative work I had, I realised I didn’t give myself time to actually work on them until now and the pile of ideas had grown. A real respite from the workload and commitments I’ve had to juggle as of late.
While I worked on poetry, the first few mornings were greeted with sun, nature and the native bird life. During the day I made time to explore the beautiful sites Dromana and the Mornington Peninsula harbored and found that it was impossible to take a bad photo. The land and water there is truly photogenic, I was inspired. The stories we tell are sometimes fragments of ourselves or experiences that we may have lived and as I sat on the balcony with a solid drink, the music swaying me while I scribed. I found that inspiration and writing to be the one thing that got me to look deep inside and reflect on my journey and the woman I have become so far.”