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  • Arts & Culture
  • Issue 37

Cult Rooms

In his diaries, Jarman wrote of how his garden provided him with comfort amid the AIDS crisis. Photograph: Geraint Lewis

On a barren stretch of British coastline, Derek Jarman’s Prospect Cottage is a bold celebration of beauty against all odds.
Words by Hugo Macdonald.

“For our house is our corner of the world. It is our first universe, a real cosmos in every sense, ” wrote Gaston Bachelard in The Poetics of Space. Prospect Cottage in Dungeness was the cosmos of Derek Jarman, the visionary British filmmaker, writer and artist. It is a strange building in an even stranger setting. Dungeness is a 12-square-mile stretch of shingle and marsh on the Kent coast. It is typically described as post-apocalyptic, despite being one of Britain’s


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