Sheds As Creative Spaces

Sheds As Creative Spaces

From rotating garden sheds to tree-shaded huts, we’ve collected some of the biggest names who have used their shed to create masterpieces that we love to this day:

Roald Dahl

The famous author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and Tales of the Unexpected, wrote the vast majority of these stories in his 6ft x 7ft writing hut which was built at the end of his garden in Buckinghamshire. This dream factory was built for purpose – a comfy chair, lamp, sheets of paper, green baize board to balance on, and six pencils are all that he needed – and was sparsely decorated with letters and drawings and, rather macabrely, a piece of his hip bone.

Virginia Woolf

Converted from a wooden tool shed, Virginia Woolf’s small writing room stood at the end of the garden under an apple tree. Though draughty and damp and often full of distractions, she wrote parts of her most famous works such as Mrs Dalloway and The Waves at the large desk which dominates the space. The shed was also the place where Woolf wrote her final words in 1941 before she waded into the river Ouse and drowned.

George Bernard Shaw

The Irish playwright really hit his stride in later life, producing famous plays such as Pygmalion, Androcles and the Lion, and Man and Superman from the comfort of his rotating shed. Yes, his rotating shed. Located at the bottom of his garden and measuring only 64 foot square, the shed was built on a central steel-pole frame with a circular track so that it could be rotated on its axis to take advantage of natural light. The hut only had windows on one side for the sunlight to directly enter and this helped reduce the amount of heat lost during winter, as well as warming or shading his workspace in the summer with Shaw turning towards the arc of sunlight over the course of the working day.

Dylan Thomas

Covered in inspirational pieces of art and quotes from the likes of Walt Whitman, William Blake, and WH Auden, Thomas’s space remains a lasting creative insight into the man to this day – writing desk, scraps of paper, cigarette ends and all. Dylan Thomas wrote several famous bits of poetry such as ‘Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night’ and ‘And Death Shall Have No Dominion’ at his shed, based in Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, before he emigrated to America.

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