The residencies run by Faber in Olot are uniquely informal and generous. The hotel staff are friendly and helpful, and the whole atmosphere is conducive to creating the best possible environment for writers to get on with their work. Those fortunate enough to be invited to one of these residencies will find that their fellow residents are agreeably cosmopolitan and their conversation fascinating – or at least this was my experience. Breakfast and a four-course dinner are provided at the hotel that hosts the residency, while the area reserved for the residency has cooking and washing facilities. The director, Francesc Serés, organises trips in the surrounding area as well as talks. This residency gave me the opportunity to finish my novel on Europe and Scottish independence narrated by a cynical and narcissistic Italian journalist: Cinico. Travels with a Good Professor at the Time of the Scottish Referendum. In other words, it did exactly what a residency should do.