The Pagoda Tree

By Claire Scobie

An epic novel set in eighteenth-century India about love, loss and exile, and the fate of individuals when two cultures collide

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Bundanon Trust Writing Retreat

Last month, I stayed at my favourite writing retreat, Bundanon Trust on the Shoalhaven, south of Sydney, once property of the Australian artist Arthur Boyd.




I wrote the first big chunk of my second novel there three years ago (OMG - time flies!) and I'm happy to have had the chance to spend a few days there and worked all hours to get it finished. It’s getting close... although writing can feel like walking in the Himalayas. There is always one more summit before you reach the top.

Bundanon is peaceful yet intensely creative. Here are some snaps, including inside the storage unit for Boyd’s artwork, his mustard-yellow house, kangaroos outside my kitchen window, the writer’s cottage where I worked, and all around, the magnificent natural art of the bush.

One thing I’ve been reminded of during my retreat... look where you tread. I came within a metre of a red-bellied black snake sunning itself. I stopped. My instinct kicked in. Its beady eyes were on me, I turned and fled! We are always the visitors here...

And latest news on ‘The Pagoda Tree’... the paperback edition will be released on 26 July. Exciting news! If you’ve read and enjoyed it, would be a great help if you can post a short Amazon review. Thanks! 

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