Fiona wrote about her time at Donoughmore
“I learned such a lot during this Residency. I felt constantly intrigued, curious, excited by the place. I filled book after book with notes which I am working from at the time I write this, back here in New Zealand. Within a few weeks of our arrival in Donoughmore I had completed the novel I had thought would be the major work from the residency. In fact, I found so many other ideas pouring in that I wanted to finish it and begin on something new. I wrote a final draft in record time during the first few weeks in Donoughmore then turned to writing poetry as a way of keeping a kind of diary record of what I was experiencing daily.
I really don’t want to sound smug or complacent, but I have never written so fluently or easily before: the peace of Donoughmore, the comfort of our lives there, the constant stimulation of living in that particular place surrounded by that culture simply released me to write. It all felt so easy: like humming a tune. I can’t put it more precisely than that.”