«The Literary Map of Britain»
We invite you to join us on our exciting literary tour around Britain. If you are interested in places associated with a particular author, the British Isles are a reader ‘s dream.
Let’s start our literary exploration with London. Here Daniel Foe (Defoe) , an English trader, writer, journalist, pamphleteer and a spy, now famous for his novel
«Robinson Crusoe», was born in 1660. He saw the days of the Great Fire.
Rudyard Kipling’s wedding was held at All Souls Church in London.
. He was cremated here and his ashes were buried in Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abby next to Charles Dickens.
Now welcome to Portsmouth. It is the birthplace of Charles Dickens, who created some of the world’s most remarkable fictional characters. He is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period.
Then we travel to explore Oxford. Oxford University’s list of former students reads like a writers’ who is who. And one of them is John Ronald Tolkien. He had Britain in his mind when writing «The Lord of the Rings».
In Oxford you’ll be able to visit Chistchurch College where many of the scenes in Harry Porter films were short. You’ll be able to have your own picture taken in Hogwarts Hall.
A visit to Stratford-upon-Avon will tell you everything about Shakespeare. He was born here .
In South West Scotland you can follow the story of Robert Burns, the great Scottish poet. He was born in Alloway in 1759.
Edinburgh is the birthplace of Robert Louis Stevenson, a literary celebrity during his lifetime. He ranks among 26 most translated authors in the world. He spent his childhood in its chilly houses and was educated in Edinburgh Academy and University of Edinburgh. This city saw his first publications paid by his father.
Edinburgh is also the birthplace of Walter Scott, the first English-language author to have a truly international career in his life-time. He was born in the Old Town in 1771.
Sur Athur Conan Doyle was also born in Edinburgh in 1859. He began writing short stories while studying medicine in University of Edinburgh.
Glasgow is the place where another Scotish poet and novelist Tobias Smollett studied medicine at the University and began his career of a surgeon. Then he moved to London to pursue his literary ambitions.
A small town of not far from Dublin gave a birth to Abraham «Bram» Stoker, an Irish novelist and short story writer best known today for his Gothic novel «Dracular». Now each year the Horror Writer’s Association presents the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement named in his honour .
Jonathan Swift, the author of « Gulliver’s Travels», was also born in Dublin.