What it is

The house in Pompadour is the home and workplace of Maureen O'Shaughnessy and Martin Armiger; a writing workshop and a screen music studio; a live-in residency where you can work on your own or with feedback and mentoring. 

Retreats and Residencies 
There are now two residential spaces: one, a spacious self-contained gîte at the rear of the main house., with bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and workspace. The building looks onto the garden and has its own entrance.  The other is inside the main house, also self-contained, comprising a large, simple, bright bedroom/studio, with private bathroom and toilet, and its own entrance from the street. 

Artists, musicians and writers are invited to apply for residency based accommmodation through our 'contacts' page.

Both the residencies and courses conducted to date have been met with great satsitsfaction and success. 

An Introduction to Creative Writing and Travel Writing will be presented again in 2019 at a time to be advised, as well as Why Poetry? These courses are designed to combine analysis, experimentation and application so as to give participants the tools and confidence to get down to writing, whether fiction or non-fiction. With an emphasis on critical thinking and workshopping, you will discover the skills necessary to shape a reality for the world you are looking to create, while building confidence through exploring some unconventional approaches, which you can use to transform ideas, observation and experience into story. It’s about discovering the form and voice that best suits what you want to say.

In addition, a manuscript apparaisal service is available.

Martin has been occupied with writing a new course for the University of West England in Bristol; as well as working on his upcoming book, Chase! Fight! Love! Death! How film music helps you understand the world.

Courses planned that concern themselves with aspects of music for the screen are soon to be determined.
The lyre of Orpheus, in the old stories, was the instrument that allowed music to develop from primitive pan-pipe and percussion monodies to an expressive, harmonic and affective form. The songs of Orpheus, according to Herodotus, were so touching that they made the trees move and the stones cry. That's what we want: music and words that affect the body while engaging the mind – though we're not averse to a bit of primitive pulsing along with it.   


Pompadour is in the Corrèze in South-West France, a small town in the foothills of the grand massif dominated by the famous chateau – now a centre for all kinds of activity, mostly involving horses – and surrounded by mediaeval villages. A glorious spot for holiday/study/work.​​ The house is in the heart of town and Pompadour is lively in summer with vistors to the racetrack and tourists (mostly french) visiting the area. We are close to the Vallée de la Vézère with its unequalled richness of prehistoric sites.

There is no shortage of places to go and things to see, galleries, churches, stunning countryside hikes, cycling, and of course the equestrian activities for which Pompadour is famous.
Hire cars available in Limoges, Brive-la-Gailliard, Bordeaux and Pompadour but if you want to get around and see the country it's advisable to book beforehand. 

Getting here:
Flights to Limoges or Brive-la-Gailliard from London Stansted Airport.
Trains from Paris to Limoges or Uzerche (4 hours).
Trains or buses from Limoges or Brive to Pompadour (1.5 hrs).
Hire cars from Limoges Bellegarde Airport, Bordeaux, Brive.


Maureen O'Shaughnessy

Martin Armiger

Who it is

 Martin Armiger was, for the last twelve years foundation Head of Screen Music at the Australian Film Television and Radio School in Sydney, and was the winner of the inaugural APRA/AGSC Distinguished Service to the Australian Screen Award. He has long been writing music for film, TV, radio and the stage; composer of the on-air music for ABC TV News among a few hundred other projects, including feature films, television miniseries, documentaries, animations, tele-movies and long-running series. He has written, performed or produced many best-selling records and has written for a variety of magazines and journals. Before all this he played guitar, produced records and wrote songs for a living. For a full list of credits and awards visit martinarmiger.org. 

   Maureen O’Shaughnessy is the author of the novel, Lakeland, (2015) and the verse novella, The Truth about A (2017). Previous work has been published in various journals including Best Australian Essays, Island, Blue Dog, Wet Ink, Best Music Writing under the Australian Sun, and The Australian Poetry Journal. She has been a finalist in several prizes, including the Newcastle Poetry Prize, and her poem, Thursday, July 15 was awarded the Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize (2010). She has taught at Wollongong TAFE and Sydney University, and was a manuscript supervisor and assessor for several years with the Manuscript Appraisal Agency (Australia). She is currently engaged in a creative writing doctorate at Western Sydney University and is working on her third novel.     


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February is extra-extraordinary this year, after freezing cold-snaps rain and snow, we suddenly have, for the moment, unbelievable sunshine, unseasonable warmth. It can't last of course, but gives us a taste  of what is to come. As it is, the town is preparing for summer. The shutters are opening, the buds are blooming.


Horse events in Pompadour 2018