My Writing Space: Ruth Raymer

“My Writing Space” is a series about writers and the places in which they write. To contribute, send a photo of your writing space along with a paragraph or two describing it and its influence on your writing to beaver[at] with the subject line “My Writing Space.”


This is my very first—ever in my life—room of my own!

Christened ‘The Ladyshed’, it is a 10’x10′ softwood summer house built in my back garden. This is the culmination of months of planning and plotting and about forty years of daydreaming.

Let me explain. I am approaching the age of fifty at a rate of knots and last October I achieved one of my ambitions and enrolled at the University of Essex on a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing. I quit school at 17 and was married just over a year later. The eldest of six children, I never had a room of my own growing up, having shared with one or more of my siblings all my childhood. When I left home, I married then went on to have seven children of my own. Most of them have now flown the nest, but it was always my dream to have a space to write in, to be alone with my muse and no interruptions. In April this year I was finally in a position to create my own space.

I now spend at least three hours a day in the Ladyshed, writing, reading, knitting and enjoying my personal space. It has made a great difference to my writing. At 5am the birds are singing and the rest of the world is quiet. Sitting in the Ladyshed I can usually get 1000 words down in the time before the rest of the household awakes which is where I really want to be!

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