From Winnie The Pooh to The Gruffalo - discover Sussex’s literary links

With rolling hills and beautiful beaches Sussex is not only home to some of the UK’s most famous authors it has also inspired others.

Monday, 8th March 2021, 4:14 pm
Picture: Unsplash
Picture: Unsplash

Many authors have called the county home over the years from Kate Mosse who grew up in Felpham and now lives near Chichester The Gruffalo’s Julia Donaldson calls Steyning home and Peter James was born in Brighton.

Wildling tells the story of the Knepp experiement a pioneering rewilding project.
William Blake lived in Blakes Cottage Felpham between 1800-1803
John Keats stayed with friends in Chichester at 11, Eastgate Square, and wrote 'The Eve of St Agnes'.
Raymond Briggs who wrote The Snowman lives near Plumpton Racecourse.
Monk’s House, Lewes was Leonard and Virginia Woolf’s 16th-century country retreat. Picture: Peter Cripps
Ashdown Forest inspired A A Milne’s Winnie the Pooh’s 100 Acre Wood. PIcture: Peter Cripps
Author Kate Mosse grew up in Felpham and now lives near Chichester. Picture: Louise Adams
Brighton Rock is a murder thriller novel by Graham Greene, published in 1938. It is set in 1930s Brighton.
Peter James is the author of the Roy Grace series of novels , which are based in Brighton. Picture: Jon Rigby
Bateman's is a 17th-century house located in Burwash, East Sussex. It was the home of Rudyard Kipling from 1902 until his death in 1936. Picture: Tony Driscoll
Charleston was the home of The Bloomsbury Group in Firle. Picture: The Charleston Trust