I am back from my month-long stay as an Artistic Fellow at the Ingmar Bergman Estate, on magnificent Fårö (small island on top of the beautiful Baltic island of Gotland). And yes, I admit it was very very hard to leave…
Gotland of course is the setting for both The Hall of Tyr and Tindr. It is a place I love, and a place I know increasingly well. The opportunity to live and work for a full month at the Bergman Estate was simply wonderful. There is no other word for it.
What was I doing? Most importantly, beginning Book Six. And with my trusty film crew shooting footage for what I hope will be three worthwhile short videos about Gotland’s beauty and history, coming soon.
I also had the honour of presenting a talk, “Scandinavian Archetypes in North American Imaginations: From Beowulf to Alicia Vikander” at Ingmar Bergman’s private, 15-seat cinema to my brother and sister artists, and a few select friends. (And 500 sheep outside the door.)
My fellow artists were almost all Swedish, a brilliant and diverse mix of theatre directors, journalists, filmmakers, biographers, and mixed-media artists. Friendships were made. Good work was done. Incredible walks were taken.
How grateful I am to all who made this experience so productive, creative, and magical for me.