Any lover of literature who lives in Suffolk will find much of interest
and probably some inspiration in 'Literary Suffolk' - for only £1! This
is a booklet compiled and written by Anne Parry on behalf of the Suffolk
Development Tourism Partnership and Suffolk Book League. There are
entries on 100 authors and their works arranged in sections - writers
who lived in Suffolk, writers who visited Suffolk, poets, writers on
Suffolk landscape, novels with a Suffolk setting and children's writers.
You will of course find entries on our greatest poet, George Crabbe, and
our greatest visiting novelist, Dickens, and our notable Ipswich
literary people commemorated by Ipswich Society Blue Plaques -
V S Pritchett, Jean Ingelow and John Glyde - and lots
of less obvious ones.
I hadn't realised that Ian McEwan attended Woolverstone Hall School, nor
that Aylmer Maude, translator and friend of Tolstoy, was born in
Ipswich. I should have liked an entry for W G Sebald, who was based in
Norwich but had much to say about Suffolk in The Rings of Saturn and was
undoubtedly one of Britain's finest recent writers. But there are so
many revelations in such a small booklet that I'm sure many readers will
be inspired to 'make their own literary pilgrimages,' as Anne Parry has
Copies are available from the Tourist Information Centre or from Jim
Brown, Suffolk Tourism Partnership, on 0844 980 8510.
Cover, issue 173