Saturday, December 04, 2021

Erin Bow: shedworker

A festively atmospheric photo of the shed office belonging to novelist and poet Erin Bow (The Scorpion Rules, The Swan Riders) in Kitchener, Ontaria, Canada, in which she has been writing since 2015. Although the building came with the house when she bought it, Erin had it improved by former local bookstore owner and carpenter Chuck Erion, then raised it to install a decent foundation, plasterboarded the walls, then put in insulation and electrics, though no wifi.

And here's the same garden office, this time in magnoliatastic spring.

You can read more about Erin and other nearby people who have creative workspaces in a nice piece in the local Waterloo Record newspaper as well as an interview with Erin in the same newspaper here about working in there. Here's a snippet:

A rainbow arch of assorted prayer flags and multicoloured meditations hang above the entrance. Inside, there's a simple desk, a green-upholstered second-hand chair with floral-pattern cushions and a standup lamp Bow picked up at Canadian Tire. "It's kind of cosy," Bow said. Sure beats the cramped office space Bow used to rent at the far end of a pole-dancing-for-fitness studio, above a King Street coffee shop.


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