Top 10 Cities for Authors to Visit

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If you are lucky enough to travel the world, there are many fascinating places to visit, be it the magical city of Edinburgh, famed not only for its beautiful buildings, castle, royalty, ghost stories and of course Harry Potter, with many sights the inspiration of JK Rowlings books.

Here are a list of top 10 places to visit for some creative inspiration. I also included Belfast… my home town so, you know, it was a must. Plus many famous authors were born, raised and wrote about or gained inspiration from Belfast.

  1. Paris, France: Immerse yourself in the vibrant literary history of Paris, stroll along the Seine for inspiration, and explore the book-filled shelves of Shakespeare and Company. Don’t miss the chance to visit the iconic Café de Flore where Hemingway once wrote.

  2. Tokyo, Japan: Discover the juxtaposition of traditional and modern in Tokyo, a city that effortlessly blends ancient storytelling traditions with futuristic tales. Dive into Japanese literature at bookstores like Kitazawa Bookstore and explore the cozy streets of Jinbocho, known as the “Book Town.”

  3. Dublin, Ireland: Dublin is a literary haven, home to legends like James Joyce and Oscar Wilde. Take a stroll through Trinity College’s Long Room Library, visit the National Library of Ireland, and find inspiration in the charming streets that once inspired these literary greats.

  4. Barcelona, Spain: Embark on a literary journey in Barcelona, where the works of authors like Carlos Ruiz Zafón come to life. Explore the enchanting streets of the Gothic Quarter, visit the iconic Els Quatre Gats café, and lose yourself in the pages of books at the magnificent Ateneu Barcelonès.

  5. New York City, USA: Experience the bustling energy of New York City, a melting pot of cultures that has inspired countless authors. Visit the iconic New York Public Library, walk through the literary haven of Greenwich Village, and take a moment to sit in Central Park, a place that has inspired countless writers.

  6. Edinburgh, Scotland: Step into the captivating world of Scottish literature in Edinburgh. Wander through the historic streets of the Old Town, visit the atmospheric Writers’ Museum, and pay homage to famous authors like Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson.

  7. Istanbul, Turkey: Let the vibrant atmosphere of Istanbul fuel your creativity. Explore the Grand Bazaar for literary treasures, visit the stunning Istanbul Bookstore, and lose yourself in the words of Orhan Pamuk while sipping Turkish tea at a traditional café.

  8. Buenos Aires, Argentina: Dive into the passionate literary scene of Buenos Aires, a city that has produced renowned authors like Jorge Luis Borges. Visit El Ateneo Grand Splendid, a bookstore housed in a former theater, and wander the streets of San Telmo, where art and literature intertwine.

  9. Reykjavik, Iceland: Find inspiration in the ethereal landscapes of Reykjavik, a city known for its rich storytelling traditions. Explore the unique Icelandic Sagas at the Culture House, visit the cozy bookshop Mál og Menning, and let the breathtaking nature ignite your imagination.

  10. Belfast, Northern Ireland: Journey to Belfast, a city with a thriving literary heritage. Visit the Ulster Museum’s Linen Hall Library, the oldest library in Belfast, and explore the vibrant Cathedral Quarter, where poets and writers gather in cozy pubs to share their work.

Remember, these are just a few of the incredible destinations that can ignite your creativity as an author. Whether you’re seeking inspiration from the past, present, or future, each city offers a unique blend of culture, history, and literary treasures waiting to be discovered.

Books and Authors from Belfast:

The picturesque streets of Belfast have been the backdrop for many literary works that capture the essence of the city. Anna Burns’ “Milkman” takes readers on a journey through the Troubles, intertwining personal stories with the political landscape.

John D. Graham’s “The Siege of Derry” delves into the historical events of the 17th-century siege, bringing to life the bravery and resilience of its inhabitants.

Jenny McCartney’s “The Ghost Factory” explores the complexities of post-conflict Belfast, capturing the lingering echoes of the Troubles. These books offer glimpses into Belfast’s rich history, its struggles, and its vibrant literary scene.

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