Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Eleanor Dark’s garden studio

Pictured above is the garden studio of the Australian novelist Eleanor Dark, one of the country's leading 20th century novelists (The Timeless Land, Storm of Time, No Barrier). It's in the gardens of their home Varuna, in Katoomba, in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, and was her home - with husband Eric - from 1923 until her death in 1985. It was turned into what has become a very successful retreat for writers in 1989 by their son Mick on the death of Eric.

Of particular interest is Eleanor's garden office which is allocated as a writing space to whoever is booked into the smallest downstairs bedroom. The studio has a lovely view across the garden and writers who work there are encouraged to leave a few pages of their work-in-progress in the very same manuscript drawers that Eleanor used to store her own manuscripts in. Features include Eleanor's original desk which retains its cigarette burns and the custom built cabinet with a separate drawer for working on individual chapters.


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