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Walking with Oxford Authors

Wednesday is our day for a walk and today we're on the trail of Oxford authors. Depending on where you live, you can choose the one which is most convenient for you. A number of these are along the river, so you could plan a riverside walk.


The three authors we are focusing on during our topic, all have graves in Oxford: CS Lewis is buried at Holy Trinity Church in Old Headington. You can normally see his grave from a distance as it's covered with pictures and flowers.

JRR Tolkien is buried with his wife Edith at Wolvercote Cemetery. There's a poignant story about why their grave has the names 'Beren' and 'Luthien' on it. Can you find out what it is?

Kenneth Grahame, the creator of Ratty and Mole, is buried in Holywell Cemetery. I went there a few weeks ago and you can see it and the end of this video I made about Holywell Street.

When I was growing up, the Box of Delights was a popular TV series based on the book by John Masefield. In Burcot, just next to Dorchester on Thames, you can see his house. It's now a Leonard Cheshire home for elderly people.


Would you like to be a detective? The author of Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, Agatha Christie, lived in Wallingford. There's a whole trail that you can do around Wallingford to discover different places Agatha Christie would have known.


If you live close to Sutton Courtenay, you can go and see where George Orwell, who wrote the books, 'Animal Farm' and '1984'. George Orwell was the pen name of Eric Arthur Blair.

It is a beautiful day so I hope you can enjoy a walk to one of these places.


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