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Inspiring writers’ retreats

bridget whelan:

I was due to hold a one day workshop in Virginia Woolf’s home in the autumn, but have been forced to pull out as I am due to have an operation at the end of August. But I can tell you that Monks House is worth a visit. The writing room and gardens are enchanting and inside it feels as though she has just popped out…

Originally posted on Heritage Calling:

1. Henry Williamson’s self-built sanctuary

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Oxford Cross (Grade II), Georgeham, Devon

For many writers, the ambiance in which they work matters.  Recently listed, this writing hut was built by Henry Williamson in 1929 from the proceeds of Tarka the Otter, and he went on to write more than 50 novels in this simple yet characterful writing sanctuary.

2. T.S. Eliot’s seaside shelter


Nayland Rock promenade shelter overlooking Margate Sands, listed at Grade II. © JohntheFinn

Some locations are used only fleetingly.  T.S. Eliot was in Margate for three weeks in autumn 1921 as part of a rest cure following a mental breakdown.  In a letter he wrote that he had started work on the poem The Waste Land during his stay, some of which we know was written in this shelter.

3. George Bernard Shaw’s garden hut

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In the grounds of Shaw’s Corner  (Grade II*), Hertfordshire   ©  Eric Meyer

Dubbed “London”, the…

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One comment on “Inspiring writers’ retreats

  1. Ann Perrin
    August 12, 2014

    I was sure having a shed of one’s own had some merit!
    By the way one of my most popular films on youtube with 8.000 hits and less than 3 minutes is of Virginia Wolf’s garden https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-YSdVpzaUc .
    But would have been sad if I had missed your workshop there. Re op. hope you get in and out and over it asap. Ann

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