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In pictures: Your chaotic work spaces

Maddie Olson

After Clive James' paean to chaotic offices [see internet links, right], readers sent in pictures of their own "creative spaces". Here's where Maddie Olson, 43, a musician and teacher from Texas City, works.

Mark Schreiber's office in Tokyo

Mark Schreiber is "an extremely busy freelance translator and author" in Tokyo. "My work requires me to research heavily from Japanese-language newspapers and magazines. At any given moment I have five or six projects ongoing. I hate to throw things away."

Mariane Hostmark Tveter's studio

The studio of Mariane Hostmark Tveter in the Masai Mara, Kenya. "Since we live in the bush I have zebras, impalas and waterbucks grazing on the lawn and elephants that eat all my flowers."

Alan Barr's office at the University of Edinburgh Law School

Penny Barr submitted this extraordinary image of her husband Alan's office at the University of Edinburgh Law School. "This is quite tidy," she says.

Peter Byles's study

Peter Byles is a retired professor of medicine. "Some of what I do there is picking up stuff that has fallen off the edges of the desk and piling it back on top, occasionally shredding it. Also paying bills, attacking the Times crossword and other things."

Wolfgang F Danspeckgruber's office

Prof Wolfgang Danspeckgruber is chair of the Liechtenstein Institute on self-determination at Princeton University. "Most importantly in that chair I do and have done some of my most important research and writings."

Marianne's room

This room belongs to Andre Havard's partner Marianne. "It's not usually this tidy. She is around five times more industrious in her space than I do in my small, neat room, though I do get through a lot more pontificating than she does. Somebody has to."

Michael Morphis's creative space

"I'm a photographer," says Michael Morphis. "I mostly do landscape and cityscape portraits. After photographing I will spend countless hours photoshopping. Everything else takes a back seat. I've spent weeks at a time in 10 to 12 hour editing sessions."

Andrew Summersgill's studio

"I write short stories, build Lego creations, maintain blogs and do a comic strip," says Andrew Summersgill. "It's a real struggle sometimes to keep my desk clear of half-built models, cuddly toys or Daleks, but it's the only place I feel at home."

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