Quite Literally Tours & Other Literary Treats

Bringing Books to Life!

I'm very happy to say that the Tours are now running again.  I would be very happy to show you around wonderful Brighton.  You will discover literary connections in the most unlikely places.



Why Tours?

It all comes from my love of literature and everything connected to it.  Words written centuries ago still resonate today and visiting the places where these words were written or where the inspiration came from brings the words to life.  You don’t need to be a literature scholar to enjoy the tours; just a book lover.  My aim is to bring the human element to these great works and to unearth the background stories and life experiences of those who wrote them.

Brighton Mini Book Tour


Spend a leisurely and informative hour with me walking through the streets of Brighton.  We'll discover the places that inspired writers such as Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, William Makepeace Thackeray, Graham Greene and others.  What inspired them to write and where did they write it?

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Book by calling me on 07930 342665 or email gillbalfour1@gmail.com

Brighton Book Tour


Join me for a literary walk through Brighton from Kemp Town to the West Pier.  We will visit places which have inspired and been used as settings by many authors over the years including Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf and William Makepeace Thackeray.  The walk will begin by visiting the place where it is believed Lewis Carroll found inspiration and finish where Charles Dickens found his.  We will travel from Sussex Square to the centre of Brighton on The Volks Electric Railway* which has been running along Brighton seafront since 1883.   The Greene Room in The Cricketers pub was used by Graham Greene as a setting in the novel ‘Brighton Rock’ and we will stop for a light lunch here before continuing with our tour.  In the Greene Room you will be able to see memorabilia about Graham Greene along with memorabilia about one of Britain’s most notorious historical figures, the elusive Jack the Ripper.


Come along and discover why Brighton has proved to be such an inspiration to writers from the 19th Century until the present day.


*  Seasonal