English Literature: Authors, Playwrights and Poets
Discover the world of great writers in context.
This 16 day tour travels from London to Stratford-upon-Avon, the Lakes District and Bath, exploring the world of some of the greatest names in English literature: Shakespeare, Austen, the Brontes, Wordsworth, Shelley, Dickens and the Bloomsbury set. Through visits to small towns, authors’ homes museums, walking tours, workshops and live performances, students gain a first-hand experience of the physical and cultural context which surrounded the works they study. By studying text and context the tour aligns with the content of the Senior Secondary Australian Curriculum in English. The authors covered are on the text lists of many state syllabuses. This tour can be modified to meet the specific range of texts studied at individual schools and can also be combined with sites relevant to Drama and Modern History for a cross-curriculum tour.
Summary itinerary and highlights
- Day 1: Depart Australia
- Days 2-6: Five nights in London allows time to take themed walking tours of Shakespeare’s and Dickens’s London, attend workshops and a performance at Shakespeare’s Globe, and take a trip to Surrey with the Bloomsburys.
- Days 7-9: Travel to Stratford-upon-Avon via Oxford University. Attend two plays at the RSC in Stratford, visit Shakespearean sites in the town and attend a full day workshop with RSC actors.
- Days 11-12: Travel to the Lakes District via Haworth, the home of the Brontes, then explore the Romantic poetry of Wordsworth, Coleridge and others on the lakes.
- Days 13-14: Travel to Bath via Tintern Abbey. Explore the world of Jane Austen and other literary figures in Bath, and attend a performance at the Theatre Royal.
- Day 14: Visit Austen’s Chawton before joining an evening flight home.
- Day 16: Arrive Australia early morning (Day 15 on flight).