Emma Vandore

Talliston Writer in Residence 2016-2017

Emma Vandore is from Edinburgh and lives with her family in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire. She runs creative writing workshops at Sawbridge Words, her local independent bookstore. A former foreign correspondent for the Associated Press, she now writes in a log cabin in her garden, telling stories for people and organisations across the world through her consultancy Kagisha Ltd.  


Her published work includes journalism, non-fiction and academic writing, which has appeared in a variety of UK and overseas publications from The Guardian to the New York Times. In fifteen years of journalism, reporting from over 30 countries on six continents, Emma gathered plenty of writing material for her novel writing career.


Her fiction work was first recognised by the WH Smith Young Writers competition, and more recently by the Arts Council, who is funding the novel she is currently working on: And, Breathe. In 2015, Emma graduated from the Faber Academy and in 2016 she won the Norwich Writers’ Centre Escalator Competition.



The Creative Team

Writer in Residence

​Become a creative part of the house and gardens.


At the heart of Talliston House & Gardens' labyrinth of inspirational locations, times and places is a showcase of the power of our imagination – and the unlocking of the secret that lies within all of us. Talliston is committed to continuing that journey, to inspire, support and encourage people to pursue creative, fulfilling lives – and in this new chapter, we have created a series of residencies to further that mission.


The Talliston Writer-in-Residence programme was established to provide resources for a writer over the course of one almanack year (October to October). It sets out to use Talliston’s interiors to motivate and encourage writers, providing an inspirational space to write, research and create. Along with the Artist-in-Residence and Artisan-in-Residence roles, the Writer-in-Residence will be joining a community committed to creative excellence.


Writer-in-Residence benefits

• Exclusive title of Writer-in-Residence of Talliston House & Gardens for 12 months – from October until October – with two residential weekends to stay and write at the house


• Logo/artwork/advert, 50-word description and website link displayed on our home page


• Exclusive use of text and images on the Writer-in-Residence page on the website


• A page article about your residency and work in a future issue of the Talliston Times newsletter


• The offer to distribute A5 flyers during events, tours and special functions at the house and gardens



How to apply for your residency

Submissions are open between January and August and require applicants to share their writing bio and an example of their writing entitled "A Extraordinary Room". Submissions are reviewed in September by Talliston’s creative team and artistic patron – and the successful applicant will be contacted in October. Send to: info@talliston.com.


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