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Report: 7th Mar 2013 – Authors and Artists of the South East

“Authors and Artists
of the South East” was the subject of Anthea Bryant‘s talk at our last meeting.
She commenced her literary journey in Canterbury which Geoffrey Chaucer illustrated
so graphically in his medieval Canterbury Tales and also covered more modern connections
with Thomas Sidney Cooper, Rupert Bear, Bagpuss as well as Jane Austen, Ian Fleming
and Count Zborowski (the inspiration for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) at Higham Park

She travelled across
to Faversham and the 16th century play based on the real life drama of the murder
of local dignitary Thomas Arden in 1551 and from thence covered Rye with Richard
Harris Barham’s Ingoldsby Legends, E.H Benson’s Mapp and Lucia series and onwards
to Downe House with Charles Darwin, Sissinghurst and Vita Sackville-West, Chartwell
and Winston Churchill, Port Lympne and Sir Philip Sassoon returning back to Bekesbourne
and Joseph Conrad finishing with Charles Dickens and Bleak House at Broadstairs.
Altogether a very entertaining and informative talk delivered in Anthea’s very colourful
and animated style.

Continuing the theme
of local authors, particularly appropriate as this was World Book Day, Mike Bundock,
Society Curator and Archivist, introduced Kay Steventon and Judith Ford co-authors
of their new book published by the Society “Will Scott and Herne Bay”.
They are the grand-daughters of William Mathew Scott ( pen name Will Scott) who,
although he was born in Leeds, spent 44 years in Herne Bay from 1920-1964.

He was a caricaturist,
author and playwright who is now best known for his children’s series the Cherry
books (published between 1952 and 1965). The book explores his relationship with
Herne Bay and in so doing, provides a fascinating view of the town where he spent
most of his adult life. Members were able to purchase their copies personally signed
by the authors and copies at £7.50 each are now available at Herne Bay Museum, William
Street Herne Bay or can be ordered direct from the website www.hbhrs.org

The next meeting will
be on Thursday 21st March at United Church Hall High Street Herne Bay when Peter
Borrough will be speaking on “Regency Ramsgate”. Doors open at 6.30pm ready for
start at 7pm. All visitors welcome at £2, Members free. For more information contact
01227 362666.

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