Colonial Countryside

Colonial Countryside: National Trust Houses Reinterpreted is a national writing and history project in partnership with Peepal Tree Press, Renaissance and the National Trust.

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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 by children and professional writers.

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  • Over 100 primary children have visited 10 National Trust houses and attended a conference.
  • Each child is crafting short personal essays and fiction, presenting it to live, print and digital audiences. (See some examples here).
  • Peepal Tree has commissioned 10 authors and 10 historians to write stories and historical commentaries about each participating house for an illustrated book about the topic.

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A word from our writers

See what they've been up to so far


How to get involved

Teachers: Ask us about Colonial Countryside curriculum materials.

Pupils and parents: Tell a teacher you'd like to be involved. Volunteer for the project.

Historians: Join our team of historians or advise us on any aspect of the project.

Black History organisations: Invite us to speak at one of your events.

Literary Festival organisers: Invite our writers, children and historians to speak

Journalists: cover our project on your show

Find out how you can get involved



This website will shortly be populated with resources for writers, teachers, parents and pupils, historians and anyone else who might want to research the topic and/or write about country houses’ Caribbean and East India Company connections.

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Key Dates

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

Be sure to check our website or keep up with us on social media to stay up-to-date with all our future events.

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Contact and digital platforms:

Email: Dr. Corinne Fowler

Twitter: @colonialcountr1

Phone: 07791989672

Facebook: Colonial Countryside posts all its latest stories on Facebook.

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Contact the Centre

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