Edlin’s land today

Throughout my life I have been fortunate enough to regularly stay at Dunwich on the Suffolk coast.  It is a village that has inspired many paintings and poems and is one of the key locations in ‘The Girl from Brittia’. Edlin, the Girl from Brittia, was very likely from Suffolk, but placing her at Dunwich is simply my way of realising a long-held ambition to set a novel there. This story is set in the sixth century in a Dunwich (Dunmoc) that had not yet seen its heyday or its decline.

WP_20160824_10_10_50_Pro Dunwich Museum – learn about the lost city here!

I recently made my first visit to Dunwich since the completion of ‘The Girl from Brittia’ and it was a fascinating experience walking around the village and imagining how different things were for Edlin and how they have remained the same.

WP_20160824_10_11_00_Pro No huts now! Dunwich today.

WP_20160825_15_42_43_Pro Wilhelm’s fictional burial place has long since crumbled into the sea, but the sandy cliffs are still there. The views of the grey sea from Dunwich beach are not so different for us as they were for Edlin – particularly on a hazy day when Sizewell Nuclear Powerstation is obscured!

WP_20160825_17_38_14_Pro You can still walk in the woods nearby, just as Edlin and Radigis do.

WP_20160825_15_42_32_Pro The great harbour that Edlin rowed from was destroyed in medieval times, but fishing boats still go from this coast and you can enjoy the freshly caught fish just as Edlin did.

WP_20160825_15_58_32_Pro Although you can enjoy yours with chips at Dunwich Beach cafe!

WP_20160825_16_02_00_Pro Edlin’s staple drink was the local ale. You too can drink the local ale at the Dunwich pub, The Ship.

WP_20160825_16_06_33_Pro Although this is stronger and tastier than the watery ale she would have drunk.

Taken with Lumia Selfie Just as in Edlin’s day, Dunwich is a fabulous place to celebrate with family and friends!

 

The Girl from Brittia is available on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com

 

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