5 Reasons Why Buxton Is The Place To Be For Writers


That’s right, High Peak scribblers – Buxton is getting its very own WHQ Swear-tastic, gin-loving, tea-drinking writer’s retreat! Here are five reasons why Buxton is the only place you want to be scribbling out that childhood memoir*.

1. The Buxton Fringe

You thought there was only the Edinburgh Fringe, right? Wrong! Buxton has its own month-long, arty-farty, summer bonanza of culture, and it has its very own literary section!

Previous speakers include Paula Hawkins and historian Lucy Worsley, and there have even been workshops run by YA author Emma Pass and flash fiction guru Gill James.

2. Scrivener’s bookshop

If I said that I knew a five-story house filled to the brim with books, would you be able to stop salivating? Because Scrivener’s Books off Buxton marketplace is exactly that.

A huge second-hand book store, the owners encourage you to sit down and read in one of the many armchairs laying around the place, and there’s even a bookish museum in the basement. Fabdabeedozie!

3. Vera Brittain’s house

Buxton has a few blue plaques, but for writers, the best one has to be over at Vera Brittain’s house.

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The uber-feminist and excellent writer lived in Buxton for most of her childhood before heading off to uni – you could say she was a real Testament to Buxton Youth. Ha! Anyone? No? Fair.

4. Devonshire Dome Library

Buxton’s architectural history is vast and stunning – from the famous Roman crescent being restored to its former glory, to the opera house and the surrounding Victorian Pavilion Gardens and baths. But any up-and-coming writer will want to head straight over to Devonshire library, located in the heart of the University of Derby’s giant dome. You can even rent an audio tour of the grade II listed building from the library itself. Research and writing all in one!

5. Writers’ HQ!

Not so fast, Buxton lovers. Before you get stuck in to all that, you need to get some croissants in you, get some tea next to you, and get your head down for a few hours of procrastination-busting writing. Come and smash some targets in the highest Bath town in the North!

*other genres are available.

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