Colonial Countryside

Based at the University of Leicester’s Centre for New Writing, Colonial Countryside is a national writing and history project in partnership with Peepal Tree Press and the National Trust.

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Charlecote Park
Charlecote Park - A National Trust house set in landscaped deer park in Wellesbourne, Warwick.

This project assembles authors, writers, historians and primary pupils to explore country houses’ Caribbean and East India Company connections. It commissions, resources and publishes new writing.

  • Over 100 primary children will visit 10 National Trust houses.
  • Each child is crafting short personal essays and fiction, presenting it to live, print and digital audiences.
  • Peepal Tree is commissioning 10 authors and 10 historians to write stories and historical commentaries about each participating house for an illustrated book about the topic.


Keep Friday 16 November 2018 free for our first Colonial Countryside children's conference at St. James the Greater Church in Leicester, UK. The children's conference is part of the free Literary Leicester festival.

Resources for writers

This website will shortly be populated with resources for writers who wish to research and write about country houses’ Caribbean and East India Company connections.

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The Centre for New Writing
School of English
University of Leicester
Leicester, LE1 7RH

Dr Corinne Fowler

Deputy Directors:
Dr Harry Whitehead
Mr Nick Everett

Project Manager:
(Colonial Countryside)
Kevin Ncube

Useful Links:
Creative Writing at Leicester