|Harleston is a small market town which lies on the
Norfolk-Suffolk border next to
Redenhall. Originally it was a strategic crossing
point on the River Waveney.
Harleston's main church is actually located in nearby
Redenhall and boasts one of the finest towers in
Harleston Town Sign
Louis De Bernières
Novelist Louis de Bernières - who
lives at nearby Denton - is a regular visitor to the
Harleston and Waveney Festival and has also given at
number of readings at the Swan Hotel. He is famous for his
novel Captain Corellis' Mandolin (1994) which was
subsequently made into a film starring Nicholas Cage.
His other books include Red Dog, Birds Without
Wings and The Partisan's Daughter.
Louis de Bernières
was born in London in 1954 and undertook a variety of
jobs before establishing himself as a writer. He is also
a musician and plays the flute, the mandolin, the guitar
and the clarinet. He works from a shed in his garden.
W. G. Sebald
book The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald, the narrator
embarks on a walking tour through Suffolk and finally
ends up back in Norfolk - where he spends a night in 'The
Saracen's Head' in Harleston. The description of his room
is wonderfully bizarre: