Bernadette Russell

Talliston Writer in Residence 2018-2019

Bernadette Russell is an author, storyteller and thaumaturge who lives in South East London. With her company White Rabbit she hosted the monthly live lit salon “Are You Sitting Comfortably?” at Arts Admin (London) and The Basement (Brighton) and is looking forward to hosting similar gatherings at Talliston House. 


She has written plays and short stories for many organisations including: Royal Albert Hall, National Theatre, Southbank Centre, Birmingham Rep, Thames Festival, National Trust, English Heritage, BFI, and London Month of the Dead. She also writes fiction and non fiction books for adults and children.


She aims to increase kindness and curiosity through the arts, and for her on- going project 366 Days Of Kindness she was chosen as one of the Southbank Centre’s 67 Changemakers. This year she was one of the recipients of People United’s Be Kind neon signs in recognition of her work.


Bernadette’s  new non-fiction book The Little Book of Wonder will be published by Orion in November 2018 and is an practical exploration of the importance of wonder, magic and awe. She is a monthly columnist for Balance London magazine.

The Creative Team

Writer in Residence

​Become a creative part of the house and gardens.


At the heart of Talliston House & Gardens' labyrinth of inspirational locations, times and places is a showcase of the power of our imagination – and the unlocking of the secret that lies within all of us. Talliston is committed to continuing that journey, to inspire, support and encourage people to pursue creative, fulfilling lives – and in this new chapter, we have created a series of residencies to further that mission.


The Talliston Writer-in-Residence programme was established to provide resources for a writer over the course of one almanack year (October to October). It sets out to use Talliston’s interiors to motivate and encourage writers, providing an inspirational space to write, research and create. Along with the Artist-in-Residence and Artisan-in-Residence roles, the Writer-in-Residence will be joining a community committed to creative excellence.


Writer-in-Residence benefits

• Exclusive title of Writer-in-Residence of Talliston House & Gardens for 12 months – from October until October– with two residential stays to write at the house


• Logo/artwork/advert, 50-word description and website link displayed on our home page


• Exclusive use of text and images on the Writer-in-Residence page on the website


• A page article about your residency and work in a future issue of the Talliston Times newsletter


• The offer to distribute A5 flyers during events, tours and special functions at the house and gardens



How to apply for your residency

Submissions are open between January and August and require applicants to share their writing bio and an example of their writing entitled "The Thirteenth Door". Submissions are reviewed in September by Talliston’s creative team and artistic patron – and the successful applicant will be contacted in October. Send to:


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