Good Reading : June 2007
Discover the inspiration behind England’s literary greats on this exciting guided tour in the UK. Chapter by chapter we take you to explore the places immortalised by Austen, Hardy, Shakespeare and the Brontës. Starting and finishing your quided tour in London, we will visit York, Stratford, Bath and Winchester. Along the way we will enjoy special places with literary focus, film locations linked to books, walking tours filled with author and literary connections. While in Stratford, we’ll also take you to the 2007 Cheltenham Literature Festival, a very popular event and a highlight of the tour. Your tour escort, Jan Richards, a well-respected identity in the library world, brings strong organisational skills to her ’tour guide’ role. She was involved in the establishment and continuing success of the Central West Writers’ Centre. Jan has a passion for books and reading and loves to share her enjoyment with others. She made her first trip to England aged 2 and has been a regular visitor ever since. She takes particular pleasure in making the characters and places she’s read about come alive by visiting the actual location. Don’t miss out on this special literary tour – plan your trip now. • What is it about Whitby that inspires suspense writers? Find out when we visit this historic town set on the mouth of the River Esk on the northeast Yorkshire coast. Not only was Whitby the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula, contemporary writers including AS Byatt, Peter Robinson, Michel Faber and Kim Wilkins have used it as the setting for their thrilling tales. • The bleak Yorkshire moors in October help us to understand the isolated world of the Brontë sisters, Charlotte, Emily and Anne. Under the pseudonyms of Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell they wrote six of the most memorable novels in the English language. We will visit the village of Haworth and visit the Brontë Parsonage Museum. • Did Evelyn Waugh picture Castle Howard as the fictional Brideshead, home of the Marchmain family when he penned Brideshead Revisited? Today our reading interpretation can be influenced by our movie experience. During our time in England we will visit a number of locations used for filming Brideshead Revisited, Pride and Prejudice, Da Vinci Code and The Buccaneers. • Almost 200 years after her death Jane Austen is still considered amongst the most influential and honoured novelists in the English language. We will trace Jane’s life through southern England, spending time in Bath where she was perhaps the best known and best loved of Bath's many famous residents and visitors, Winchester where she is buried and her family home in Chawton. • However, Bath and Winchester are not just “Jane” country. These beautiful cities have strong connections with Charles Dickens, Moyra Caldecott, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Roald Dahl, John Keats and Izaak Walton – connections we will follow up while we’re here. • Thomas Hardy’s prose shows his affinity with nature and his beloved county of Dorset. He used the name “Wessex” in his writing, the name of the ancient English Kingdom in the area. We will visit the fascinating town of Dorchester (Hardy’s Casterbridge) and trace Hardy’s life and writings. • A literary visit to England would not be complete without a visit to the beautiful Stratford-upon-Avon. We will experience Shakespeare up close with visits to each of the five Shakespeare Houses and an evening performance at the Royal Shakespeare Company. • A visit to the The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival 2007 will allow us to catch up with some contemporary writers. The 2006 Festival saw over 350 events involving some 460 leading authors, and more than lived up to its reputation as ‘the most distinguished and diverse of literary carnivals’. • Deciding what to see in literary London is like selecting from a smorgasbord – overwhelming. Let us guide you with an introductory tour before letting you loose to choose your own path – with plenty of guidance of course! London and back in 14 chapters 2007 LITERARY TOUR ENGLAND 2nd - 17th October 07 For more information, itinerary, cost and booking details contact: Robert Thornberry, Travelscene Orange Phone: 02 6362 6733 Fax: 02 6362 4666 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Travelscene Orange is part of Travelscene, awarded the No 1 Best Travel Agency Group 2006, in the National Travel Industry Awards. OTHER FEATURES • To make your trip more enjoyable we’ll provide you with a list of suggested reading before we leave home. Don’t worry, it’s not like homework and there will be no black marks if you decide not to do it! • This is a “one tour, one book” event. We’ll send you a novel to read close to departure that we’ll use as a “get to know you” discussion point.