view of an open sketchbook full of writing and sketch of downland in eastbourne from 1870s


This special course with Beachy Head Story's Writer in Residence - Annalie Seaman concentrates on the selected works of four famous authors and links them with the history of Eastbourne New Town.

With Sanditon, we’ll explore Jane Austen’s impressions of the joys and struggles of building a fashionable seaside resort and compare them with the growth of Eastbourne New Town. With Staying at the Seaside, we’ll enjoy H. G. Wells’ satirical observations of seaside life while exploring the new phenomenon of early Eastbourne holidays. For Virginia Woolf’s Unwritten Novel, we’ll consider first impressions and the change a train makes to a collection of hamlets. In the Crowded Hour, we’ll join Arthur Conan Doyle for a medley of highwaymen, hotels and cricket in the early days of Eastbourne New Town.

You’ll be invited to read the stories before we meet so we can discuss them in session before exploring aspects of Eastbourne history together. Writings in the sessions will be based on your observations of the literature and local historical narratives.

9th September- Jane Austen’s Sanditon and the Empress of Watering Places

14th October - H. G. Wells’ Art of Staying at the Seaside: A Guide to Eastbourne Holidays

11th November - Virginia Woolf’s Unwritten Novel on the Train to Eastbourne

9th December - Arthur Conan Doyle’s Crowded Hour: Pirates and Googlies

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Eastbourne: A Town of Ink and Print A Short Creative Writing Course


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