The Essex Serpent and Other Colchester Literary Connections

A walk for all book lovers around the historic heart of Colchester.

The walk combines two of my favourite subjects, reading and literature, and the history of Colchester.
It’s a walk that’s been over twenty years in development, since I first trained as a guide, and building on my first career as a librarian for Essex Library Service, where I spent many years encouraging others to read for pleasure.

On the walk you’ll discover novels that have been set in Colchester, novels that mention Colchester, and characters who have spent time in the town.

You can download a book list here (PDF). On the walk I’ll mention many of the novels on the list, and maybe read some poems, but I probably won’t manage to mention them all, as that would lead to a very long walk.

The walk lasts aprox. 1.5 hours, but can be shorter to suit the interests and ability of the group.

if your interested in booking this walk for your book group, WEA group, U3A group, WI or any other group of friends
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