The houses of artists & writers always seem to hold a peculiar charge that connects us to them through the minutiae of their domestic arrangements: the table where they wrote an iconic novel, the objects they collected, books on their shelves and so on. The house in Deia, Mallorca, where the poet and writer Robert Graves (1895-1985) lived from 1929 to his death, is no exception. Walking around it I felt that surge of feeling visually and spiritually enriched just by being there and absorbing so many details. The interiors of Ca N’ Alluny are modest, but the placement of objects is stimulating - such as the quaintly English touch of the China dogs that stand guard in the entrance hall, or the modernist paintings by Len Lye (whose work I only really know from his avant-garde film A Colour Box’), the pictures and ceramics of cats in a bedroom, or the ephemera on the writing desk where Graves wrote ‘I Claudius’. Above the patchwork quilt in one bedroom is a painting by John Aldrich of the house in the Essex village of Great Bardfield where Graves had once lived, and from nearly every room are open windows framing the views of the surrounding landscape and garden. In its quiet way it is inspirational and life-affirming.