Authors

AuthorsHere you can find details of Authors, Journalists and other people known for their creative writing who have a connection to Bournemouth or the surrounding area.

The list includes well known figures like J.R.R Tolkein, Robert Louis Stephenson and more.


Mark Austin was a one time editor of the Bournemouth Echo and is now a television newsreader for ITN. As a reporter Mark has covered the handover of Hong Kong to China, the election of Nelson Mandela, and presented the first series of Survivor in the UK. Other Sites About […]

Mark Austin


Born in Bournemouth, James Guy Payne Audain was a cavalry officer who moved to Canada where he wrote his family biography “The Story of the Dunsmuirs of Vancouver Island” and also became a racehorse owner and breeder. Other Sites About James Audain    

James Audain


Hands up anyone who has never heard of J.R.R. Tolkien? All hands down as I imagined, and of course practically everyone knows the author of The Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings, especially with the recent film adaptations of these amazing books about Middle Earth. Tolkien came to Bournemouth on […]

J.R.R. Tolkein



Flora Thompson who is best known for her trilogy Lark Rise To Candleford lived in the Bournemouth suburb of Winton from 1903 until a few months after her brother was killed in Belgium in 1916, when they moved to Liphook in Hampshire and where the Lark Rise books were later […]

Flora Thompson


Adrian Havill was born in Bournemouth in 1946. After being educated in Canada and the United States he served for four years as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division, following which he gained his American Citizenship in 1961. In 1962 Adrian began writing for the U.S. News & World […]

Adrian Havill


Vera Chapman was born in Bournemouth in 1898 and went on to found the first Tolkein Society, within which she was often referred to as Belladonna Took. She was one of the first women to qualify as a full member of Oxford University, and persuaded Tolkein to make her the […]

Vera Chapman



Asia Booth Clarke was the sister of Edwin Booth and John Wilkes Booth, and was born in Maryland in 1835. She married John Sleeper Clarke and had 8 children, 2 of whom became actors. Following the assasination of Abraham Lincoln, the family moved to England, and Asia died in Bournemouth […]

Asia Booth Clarke