Thursday, April 03, 2014

Henry 'Tarka the Otter' Williamson's writing shed up for sale


The writing hut built by author Henry Williamson is to be auctioned next month. Williamson paid for its construction in 1929 (pictured below that year) with prize money from winning the Hawthornden Prize for literature. It is built in oak and elm with slate roof tiles and near the pretty village of Georgeham near Woolacombe in North Devon.



The Henry Williamson Trust has run and maintained it since the author’s death in 1977 and it has been regularly used for lectures and readings. A statement from the Trust says:
"It is with the greatest reluctance that the Williamson family has announced that Henry Williamson's Writing Hut, together with the studio close by and an acre of land, are to be put up for auction on 23 May [by Webbers]. It is to be hoped that the buyer will be sympathetic to the hut and its environs, given its great literary significance. For HW it was a place of sanctuary, and many of his works were written there, including books in the Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight series. It has become, for Williamson readers, a place of pilgrimage, with visitors from as far away as the United States and Australia."


Pictured above is Williamson inside the hut. The sale includes his writing desk, spectacles and blotter. Pictured below is how it looks today.


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