Literary Destinations

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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, Fleet Street, London

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, London, UK

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SITUATED down an alley in the heart of Fleet Street, Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese has had a long association with the written word. Although the majority of the newspapermen have now moved out of the City, the Cheese, and its literary connections, remains. The sign on the front of the building advertises that it was rebuilt in 1667, after the ...
Jane Austen's House, Chawton.

Jane Austen’s House Museum, Chawton, UK

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JANE Austen, author of six novels including Emma and Pride & Prejudice, lived at Chawton Cottage between 1809 and 1817. The property belonged to her brother, Edward, who resided at Chawton House nearby and was gifted to Jane, her mother, and her sister, Cassandra. The women’s friend, Martha Lloyd, also lived with them. In a previous incarnation, Chawton Cottage was ...
Shakespeare's Birthplace. Stratford-upon-Avon. England

Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, England

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ONE of the world’s most well-known playwrights, William Shakespeare, was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564. Although there is no physical proof that he was born in the house purported to be his birthplace, records show that his parents lived in Henley Street more than a decade before that auspicious occasion. The house also remained in the family’s ownership until 1806, ...
Dunluce Castle, Northern Ireland

Dunluce Castle, Northern Ireland

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LOCATED around 100km from Belfast, on the northern coast of Northern Ireland, Dunluce Castle is thought to have been C. S. Lewis’ inspiration for the great castle of Cair Paravel in the Chronicles of Narnia series. Lewis was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1898 and lived there until he was nearly 10 years old, when, following his mother’s death, ...

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Kensington Gardens

Four London suburbs popular with authors

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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 ...