The Year of Shakespeare: How to Celebrate the Bard in 2016

By Mary Kate Costigan Really, every year is the year of Shakespeare. But 2016 holds special importance, as it marks […]

In “Alive, Alive Oh!”, Diana Athill Remembers a Remarkable Life

By Mary Kate Costigan At 97 years old, Diana Athill has a lot of story to tell. Biographical details alone […]

I am Not an Original Groundling

By Michael Hartigan (From the Literary Traveler Archive) I am not an original Groundling. Nor could I ever be, what […]

‘Week’ with Jane Austen: Jane Austen’s Hampshire & Heart of England

Destination: Hampshire, Heart of England, Cotswolds and Peak District Description: Homes, Gardens, Inspirations and film sites OK– so we’re taking […]

London By Literature

By Jamie Worcester The dust of ages swirls and falls, staining walls, darkening glass, coating surfaces, clogging lungs. Bricks, leaves, […]

The New “Meant to Be”: An Interview with YA Author Lauren Morrill

By Amanda Festa I devoured Lauren Morrill’s debut young adult novel Meant to Be in one sitting.  I was visiting my college […]

Socialism and Green Spaces: William Morris’s Walthamstow

By Peter Turner ‘Have you ever wondered why there’s so much suffering in the world?’ asked the suited young man. […]

JM Barrie and The Gardens of Imagination

By Paul Millward “On these magic shores children at play are for ever beaching their coracles. We too have been […]

Chilling Out with Charles Dickens

It’s the borough of Richmond-upon-Thames, in southwest London, and it’s still a place for leisure and pleasure today. Walking round places in the borough associated with the author, it’s easy to imagine Dickens enjoying himself here.

The Literary and Luxurious Queen Mary 2

Bill Bryson, Joanne Harris. Would you ever expect to meet two world famous writers on a cruise of all places? I had the pleasure of meeting, interviewing and listening to lectures by both of them. I had the ultimate literary (and luxurious) experience aboard the Queen Mary 2 on an October transatlantic voyage.