Friday Fun: Sheds of Famous Writers

It seems that you don’t have to have an all-singing, all-dancing, all-mod-cons shepherd’s hut to write a book. Who’d have thunk that? Here are some garden sheds where magic happens.

Roald Dahl’s well-known writing shed in Buckinghamshire.
Philip Pullman seems to be working in your average garden shed from B&Q.
Cressida Cowell’s writing shed seems a little more romantic and airy. From Booktrust.
The interior of Neil Gaiman’s treetop shed, complete with dog.
Unnamed writer’s retreat from
Charles Dickens started the trend, with his Swiss chalet themed shed. (In spite of having an enormous library/study in the house as well).
Mark Twain’s octogonal shed was designed to resemble the pilot house of a Mississippi steam boat.
Joanne Harris often mentions her shed on Twitter, although it’s the imaginative rather than the physical one. Here it is on the Shedworking site.


13 thoughts on “Friday Fun: Sheds of Famous Writers”

  1. There’s something very appealing about the rustic nature of these retreats. Roald Dahl’s seems particularly attractive (even if we can’t see what it looks like inside).

  2. I suppose Dickens had a shed in the garden to escape from a house full of children and because he wasn’t all that keen on the company of his wife.
    I rather like the shed with the patio doors & upstairs ladder, although it could be quite small in the roof space, however first I aspire to a garden big enough for any sort of a shed 🙂

    1. Yes, Dickens and Tolstoy and Dahl and quite a few others had the shed to escape from family responsibilities – and the wives who took care of the family.

  3. These are all delightful, Marina Sofia! And it’s a great reminder that you don’t need a lot of trappings to write. I like the Dahl shed the best, but the others are really appealing, too.

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