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Meeting the Author

Gareth is a Secondary Teacher from Australia who is working in West London schools through Protocol Education

One of the most wonderful things about being in London is the access to see the places I’ve read about in books and the places where the authors resided.

Plaques that appear randomly on buildings tell you where an author lived; scenes that have appeared in numerous novels or simply another red bus that I may have spotted in a Paddington bear book – they all amaze me and trigger a nostalgia of things I have read but never seen.

Roald Dahl Museum

Just outside of London, in the lovely town of Great Missenden, is the Roald Dahl Museum. You can book school trips there, but it’s also a lovely day out. The museum seems small, but is rich in information and explanation about Dahl’s career, family and writings. The quaint sessions put on by staff are entertainingly pitched at children and adults alike.

Outside in the village, you can explore the library where Matilda read all her books (see picture), the Fantastic Mr Fox-like woods surrounding and finish with a pub meal.
Great Missenden is where Dahl’s wife Felicity still resides and opens her gardens to the public on a select few occasions throughout the year.

Shakespeare’s Globe

I went here on the Globe open day - a fantastic way for a cheap-skate to check out a landmark site. Although it is not the original building, I was not particularly phased, not being the biggest Shakespeare fan (a sometimes worrying fact since I’m an English teacher!).

If you are a fan, there are recitals of Sonnets being performed by actors in multiple languages; a major exhibition of the history of the building; and delicious food with a view of the Thames.

Again, there are plenty of educational resources and visits available for teachers to book.

Middle Earth Weekend

Following The Hobbit hype, what could be more apt then attending this Middle Earth event? I know I will be.

Just outside of Birmingham, Sarehole Mill plays host to the weekend to end all weekends. The location was a childhood hangout for Tolkien, and surrounding locations such as Moseley Bog are supposed to have inspired many of the settings in his novels.

Jane Austen’s Birthday

Just over an hour from London in Alton, lies the house where Jane Austen lived the final years of her life. It is open all year round, but on her birthday entry is free and you get complimentary coffee and mince pies.

Also in Bath there is the more commercialised Jane Austen Centre. She lived there for a number of years and set Northanger Abbey and Persuasion there. It maybe your perfect chance to find a Mr Darcy...

Beatrix Potter’s village

Near Sawrey and Far Sawrey are host to where Beatrix Potter lived at Hill Top, and the characters in her books. You can visit Hill Top, and the surrounding village, situated in the Lake District.

I am yet to go, but when I go I may not come back.

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