I will be using this page to store links to my posts on my feature “Reading around my area”
Here’s the idea behind it (taken from my first post about this feature):
I am very lucky to live in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty called the Surrey Hills. I am an in-comer to this area, but having now lived here for several years I definitely feel like this is home. Despite its reputation as serious commuter-belt-land, Surrey is one of the most wooded counties in Britain. Lodged between the North and South Downs those of us who live in this part of Surrey are fortunate enough to enjoy the woodland, ancient heathland and commons that haven’t changed in generations.
I absolutely adore these outdoor areas and appreciate the efforts and commitment of organisations such as The National Trust, Natural England and The Surrey Hills Board to maintain them and keep them open to people like me.
I recently read a quote by a writer who said “place has such a huge influence on writers” and it got me thinking. Places like the Surrey Hills are inspiring to artists in all forms of media. Maybe not as much as the Yorkshire Moors and Dales, the Lake District or the Cornish coast, but still beautiful enough to get some creative juices flowing.
As part of my blog I’ve decided to start a little feature looking at writers who were or are from here, lived here at some point or set their works of fiction nearby. By here I mean within half an hour of where I live, which takes in most of the Surrey Hills and a bit of the South Downs (the UK’s newest national park).