Today Fiona Gibson also known as Ellen Berry shares her writing space.
Although Iâ€™m lucky to have my own room in our flat to work in, Iâ€™m not really precious about it. I love the idea of having â€˜beautiful thingsâ€™ around me, but when Iâ€™m full on with writing I could be anywhere really. I enjoy working in libraries, cafes and on trains, etc, as much as being at home. I work on a fairly aged laptop – if you peer closely at the keyboard youâ€™ll see itâ€™s been hammered so hard, almost all the letters have worn off. My family laughs at the way I bash the keys. Itâ€™s probably because my first job, on Jackie magazine back in the early 80s, involved writing all my features on a manual typewriter. You really had to hammer the hell out of it!
This room overlooks our street in a fairly quiet, residential area of Glasgow. Itâ€™s crammed with bookshelves and art materials. As well as writing, I love to draw and paint, and have recently been asked to do a bit of illustration work. So my desk is often cluttered with paints, inks, brushes and suchlike as well as the book in progress. I like music on low while Iâ€™m working – jazz, soul, disco, Latin or folk – it varies according to my mood.
When my children were younger and still at home, having a designated workspace felt crucial if I was ever going to get anything done. But all three – our twin sons and daughter – have all left home now and itâ€™s just me and Jimmy, my husband, and our collie cross, Jack. The house should be immaculately tidy – but somehow, itâ€™s not!