Thanks for coming. My name is Cole Moreton and I’m spending a year as writer in residence at the Belle Tout lighthouse, close to Beachy Head in the Seven Sisters National Park in East Sussex. This is the setting for my fifth book and first novel The Light Keeper, to be published by Marylebone House in August 2019.
For the whole of this year, I will be writing about and posting images of what I find in this stunning landscape, including the sights, the sounds, the stories and the people I come across and the emotions they provoke. Together they will form a companion piece to the novel, which I hope you will enjoy. Please feel free to comment here, and if you visit do post your own thoughts and images.
The Georgian tower of Belle Tout stands on rolling downland almost at the edge of a four hundred foot drop. The sheer white cliff is a breathtaking sight, matched by the chalk faces of the Seven Sisters to one side and Beachy Head to the other. The tower once shone a light to warn ships of the cliffs. In the novel, the lighthouse is still semi-derelict and much closer to the edge, as it was before an incredible feat of engineering led to it being moved to safety. In real life, Belle Tout is now a unique and luxurious place for bed and breakfast. The beds are comfy, the breakfasts are great and the views are staggering. You can find out more about that at the Belle Tout website.