Literary Destinations

K on Sun statue, Prague, Czech Republic

K on Sun statue, Prague, Czech Republic

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THE STATUE, K on Sun, is a work by satirical Czech artist, David Czerny, that depicts a giant bust of the famed Czech author, Franz Kafka. It is located in central Prague, near to the office building in which Kafka worked his day job for an insurance company, and in front of the Quadrio business centre, which financed the work. ...
Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland

Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland

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DATING back to 1592, the library at Trinity College in Dublin is the largest library in Ireland, and the only library in the country to hold status as a legal deposit library (meaning that it is entitled to receive a complimentary copy of every book published) in both Ireland and the United Kingdom. Since receiving that status in 1801, its ...
Barnhill, Jura, Scotland

Barnhill, Jura, Scotland

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WRITERS often say that they’d like to be secluded in the middle of nowhere, with no connection to the outside world and all the time and head space they need to finish their book. And that’s exactly what George Orwell got when he moved to the remote island of Jura in the Scottish Hebrides in 1946. Having discussed with his ...
Kronborg Castle, Helsingor, Denmark

Kronborg Castle, Helsingor, Denmark

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Gentlemen, you are welcome to Elsinore. SO SPOKE Hamlet, Prince of Denmark to his friends-turned-spies, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern in Shakespeare’s tragic play, Hamlet. Based upon the ancient Norse story of Amleth, a prince of the Jutes whose father was murdered by his uncle in order to take the throne and marry the queen, Shakespeare moved his tale from Jutland to ...
Shakespeare and Company, Paris, France

Shakespeare and Company, Paris, France

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"Be not inhospitable to strangers lest they be angels in disguise." WRITTEN above the doorway to the reading library of Shakespeare and Company bookshop, this quote describes the foundation upon which George Whitman, the store’s founder, built his business. Having also described the store as a “socialist utopia masquerading as a bookstore”, George was not a conventional capitalist, preferring to ...
Bodleian Library, Oxford, UK

Bodleian Library, Oxford, UK

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KNOWN to generations of Oxford students as ‘the Bod’, the Bodleian Library was named for its original patron, Sir Thomas Bodley, who established the library in 1602. In doing so, he took upon himself the refurbishment of a former library that had fallen into disuse – Duke Humphrey’s Library above the Divinity School. That room was initially built in the ...
Anne Frank Huis, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Anne Frank House, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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A GIFT for her 13th birthday, Anne Frank’s diary has painted a human face on the Nazi occupation of Europe and the experience of Jewish families during the Holocaust for people all over the world. The tiny hidden space above her father’s office where the Frank family and four other people remained hidden for more than two years, has been ...
Keats House, Hampstead, London

Keats House, London, UK

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ROMANTIC poet John Keats may have lived in this house for less than two years, but when you only live to be 25 years old that’s not an insignificant amount of time. Add in the fact that this was where Keats met his fiancée, Fanny Brawne, and was most productive in his writing, and it’s not difficult to see why ...
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London

Shakespeare’s Globe, London, UK

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NAMED for the famed playwright, William Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is only an approximation of the building in which the Bard’s plays were originally performed. Excavations of the original Globe Theatre’s foundations reveal that the building, built in 1599, was located 230m away from the present site; on the bank of the now much-narrower Thames river. Despite its slightly altered ...
Bronte Parsonage Museum, Haworth, UK

Bronte Parsonage Museum, Haworth, UK

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FAMED for the desolate and isolated settings of their novels, Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte’s family home is located against a backdrop familiar to their readers. Built in 1778-79 for the vicar of St. Michael and All Angels Church in the village of Haworth, the parsonage became the home of Patrick and Maria Bronte, along with their six children, in ...

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Kensington Gardens

Four London suburbs popular with authors

Jo Cahill Authors' Lives 14 Comments

London has long been a metropolitan hub, with immigrants making their way to the city dubbed “The Centre of the World” for hundreds of years. With such an expansive history, it is no wonder that so many of the English-speaking world’s literary greats have lived in the city, and been inspired by their experiences there. Among the sixteen authors whose ...
Primrose Hill, London

Book lovers, don’t waste your time in London

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When I arrived in London in May 2014, I was intending to stay for a while. Years, maybe. I figured I had time to ease myself into the city, and to slowly explore the tiny threads that make up the fabric of its history. I already knew that so many of my favourite literary figures had lived, visited, performed or ...