A buzzy city vibe, elegant Regency architecture, seaside fun, and beautiful countryside are normally a big enough draw for caravanners/motorcaravanners to book a weekend pitch at the Brighton Caravan and Motorhome Club Site (https://www.caravanclub.co.uk/). And in the month of May the appeal is greater, with artists from all genres descending on the city of Brighton and Hove for the annual Brighton Festival. 

Sadly, this year’s festival has been cancelled, but with sites currently closed until 30 June there is time to plan a visit that could still involve one of the festival’s themes – literature.

Brighton has some strong literary connections. Its seaside setting was used in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and William Thackeray’s Vanity Fair.

Alice in Wonderland courtesy of Hannington’s Lanes

Rudyard Kipling lived in Rottingdean, where he wrote Kim and some of the Just So stories, and Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland, and Charles Dickens were frequent visitors.

Kipling Gardens courtesy of VisitBrighton

Graham Greene set his classic murder thriller ‘Brighton Rock’ in the city, it was also the setting for Ian McEwan’s spy novel Sweet Tooth and Peter James’ DS Roy Grace Series of detective stories. 

By exploring a theme you can get so much more out of your tour and may find places you might otherwise not have come across. For details of the places in Brighton’s literary connections take a look at www.visitbrighton.com.