I read recently that the 'swankiness' of a kitchen is inversely proportional to the amount of cooking that takes place inside it. Shaw's writing hut proves perhaps that the rule applies more universally. In this simplest of sheds, he wrote prolifically for decades and produced an inspiring body of work.
My desire to create the perfect writing space may, it seems, be counter-productive. The message is: write, wherever and however you can.
I saw the hut first on a TV programme: 'Shed of the Year'. It was entered in the 'Historic Shed' category. It didn't win. Not 'swanky' enough, I'd say.
Look again though, and those of us who have failed so far to produce 60 plays, 5 novels, collections of short stories and essays amongst the bags of compost and broken pots in our garden sheds, may feel we can cut ourselves some slack. Shaw's shed, - sorry, writing hut -, may be small and simple, but it is perfectly equipped. Behind the chair, out of view, there is even a small day bed for a creative nap! Swap the typewriter for a laptop and what more would you need?
I like to think the phone was for ringing the main house and requesting a cup of Assam tea, but I may be wrong. Certainly, I would not recommend bringing into the shed its modern equivalent - a mobile - therein lies the route to distraction and procrastination and rarely to the aforementioned 60 plays, five novels and so on!
My favourite item on the desk is the golden monkey. I believe he sharpened pencils for Shaw, but if he were on my desk, he would be required to listen attentively as I read out loud my latest lines.
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This my dell and this my dwelling.For more information about visiting see here.
Their charm so far beyond my telling.
That though in Ireland by my birthplace.
Here shall be my final earthplace.