England is alive with literary history, for its landscapes have inspired poets and novelists throughout the centuries, from Wordsworth’s golden daffodils in Ullswater to JK Rowling’s Platform 9 ¾ at Kings Cross. 2017 marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and the 125th anniversary of the first Sherlock Holmes publication, so what better time to follow in the footsteps of our literary greats, from exploring the village of Chawton in Hampshire where Jane Austen lived, to escaping to Brownsea Island to embark on you very own Famous Five adventure.
Explore the locations behind Agatha Christie’s thrillers in Torquay; have a splendiferous time at the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Buckinghamshire, and immerse yourself in everything Shakespeare on a visit to Stratford-Upon-Avon on a literary-inspired weekend.
Celebrate the life and legacy of Jane Austen with a series of events in Bath and Hampshire from Regency-style music to guided walks; enjoy a packed programme of talks with well-known authors at the Oxford Literary Festival, and take a unique look into the origins of some of Quentin Blake’s most popular creations in Newcastle.
Navigate your way around England’s literary hotspots with our interactive map, from enjoying a pint in Daphne du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn, to enjoying a game of Poohsticks in Ashdown Forest.
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