We recently hosted a renowned author in the Cable Hut at Cuckmere Haven!
Rob Magnuson Smith is a novelist and short story writer. A dual citizen of the US and the UK, his debut novel The Gravedigger appeared in 2010 after winning the Pirate’s Alley William Faulkner Award. His second novel Scorper was published by Granta in 2015. Rob’s short fiction has appeared most recently with Guillemot Press, The Clearing, The Literarian, and the Guardian. His story ‘The Elector of Nossnearly’ was published in the Australian Book Review as the 2015 winner of the Elizabeth Jolley Prize and was also longlisted for the 2016 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. Based in Cornwall, Rob currently lectures in English and Creative Writing at Exeter University.
Here is what he had to say about his experience:
Staying at Cable Hut 14 at Cuckmere Haven provided incomparable inspiration. No electricity, no phone, no internet. Only waves. Once I heard a human's voice, and it was my own.
In one hour I fell asleep twice in the sun. Swim, write, think, breath. Humans are part of nature. We need places to guard the coasts and structures to receive signals.
Early morning, pink sky. At night I wrote by candlelight and in the morning I did the same, only the moon moved in front of my desk to be of assistance. It was a full moon. The waves came up. I woke to their crashing.
A beach should not be an outpost, not the coastal frontier with no habitation. What is the world without a witness?