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South East

South East has a population of around 16,771,000 and covers approximately 7,996 square miles. Here is a list of counties in South East: Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, London, Middlesex, Oxfordshire, Surrey, West Sussex.



David Bailey

(Born 1938 in Leytonstone in London), Photography

Famous 20th century fashion and celebrity photographer

Ted Walker

(Born 1934 in Lancing in West Sussex), Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

He was a journalist, writer of short stories, poet and broadcaster. His poem the Fox on a Barn Door is about his view of the countryside of Sussex.

Bridget Riley

(Born 1931 in Norwood in London), Art

Bridget Riley is a British artist who was born in Norwood, London. After attending Cheltenham Ladies' College, she studied at Goldsmiths College and the Royal College of Art. She is known for her Optical Art, an abstract style which utilises optical effects to engage and stimulate the viewers senses. One of Britain's best known artists, her work appears in major collections around the world.

Derek Davis

(Born 1926 in Wandsworth in London), Pottery and ceramics, Painting

Derek Davis developed his ceramics, coming up with several innovative techniques. In 1994 he had an eye operation which afterwards left him unable to work with the pottery kiln, which was when he then started to focus on his painting.

Joan Aiken

(Born 1924 in Rye in East Sussex)

She became a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1999, for her services to literature. Her well know early works include The Whispering Mountain and Black Hearts in Battersea. Over the year she has written, plays and poems, period and modern novels, supernatural and magic works, non-fiction and worked with illustrators on picture books.. In all she wrote more than a hundred piece, and readers of her works gained many new friends.

Elizabeth Bartlett

(Born 1924 in Deal in Kent), Poetry

Elizabeth Bartlett was a British poet. She worked for the health service and for the Home Care Service and it was in this environment that she was provided with material for some of her most emotive poems.

Daphne Hardy Henrion

(Born 1917 in Amersham in Buckinghamshire), Sculpture

Known as having a distinguished career as a sculptress.

Antonia Forest

(Born 1915 in Hampstead in London), Fiction

Forest was a writer of books aimed at a young audience, you may as a child have read her most famous works about the Marlows.

Hammond Innes

(Born 1913 in Horsham in West Sussex), Fiction, Nonfiction

Innes was a prolific novelist with around thirty titles to his name. He also wrote childrens books and non fiction on travel.

Mary Wesley

(Born 1912 in Englefield Green in Surrey), Fiction, Nonfiction

She was without doubt a very popular writer of fiction, Wesley had her last novel Part of the Furniture published in 1997 at age at age 85. It was about a girls life story moving to the West Country and finding her independence and not being just part of the furniture.

Wilbert Awdry

(Born 1911 in Ampfield in Hampshire), Fiction

Writer of the well loved and very popular Thomas the tank engine along with many other stories in the railway series of books. He is perhaps better known as the Reverend W. Awdry.

Alicia Markova, Dame

(Born 1910 in Finsbury Park in London), Dance

Dame Markova was a great ballerina and along with Sir Anton Dolin was a founder of the English National Ballet.

Kenneth Muir, Prof

(Born 1907 in London), Nonfiction

A scholar and prolific author of works on Elizabethan, Shakespearean and other theatre.

Eleanor Hibbert

(Born 1906 in Canning Town in London), Fiction

A prolific writer of romantic, historical and Gothic fiction with around 200 novels written under many pseudonyms.

Anton Dolin, Sir

(Born 1904 in Slinfold in West Sussex), Dance

Founder of the English National Ballet in South Kensington. He was a principal ballet dancer.

Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton, Sir

(Born 1904 in London), Photography

Famous British fashion photographer and award winning designer.

John Piper

(Born 1903 in Epsom in Surrey), Painting

John Piper painted mainly landscapes and churches but was appointed as an official war artist from 1940-1942. His first painting of bomb damage was after the air raid that destroyed Coventry Cathedral.

Eric Ravilious

(Born 1903 in Acton in London), Painting

Known particularly for his watercolours of the South Downs, he was a painter, designer, book illustrator, wood engraver and war artist.

John Melville

(Born 1902 in London), Painting

Painter, who was part of the Surrealist Movement.

Noel Coward, Sir

(Born 1899 in Teddington in Middlesex), Fiction, Music, Poetry, Theatre

Noel Coward was an English playwright, actor, singer, composer and director. From his teens onwards he had more than 50 plays published, composed hundreds of songs, created musical theatre works and wrote poetry and short stories. A few examples of his plays are This Happy Breed, Blythe Spirit and Relative Values

Cicely Mary Barker

(Born 1895 in Croydon in Surrey), Illustration, Painting

As an illustrator, artist and author she is well known for her fantasy illustrations of fairies and flowers. Her first book was published in 1923 which was Flower Fairies of the Spring. As an artist her painting Christ Child, The Darling of the World Has Come was bought by Queen Mary. Also she designed a stained glass window for St.Edmunds Church, Pitlake.

William Roberts

(Born 1895 in Hackney in London), Painting

William Roberts, British artist, was a war artist and painted groups of figures and portraits.

Ben Nicholson

(Born 1894 in Denham in Buckinghamshire), Painting

Ben Nicholson, British artist, painted landscapes and still life scenes and was known for his abstract pictures.

John Nash

(Born 1893 in London), Art, Engraver

John Nash, British artist, painted landscapes and also worked as a wood-engraver and illustrator.

Gilbert Spencer

(Born 1892 in Cookham in Berkshire), Painting

Gilbert Spencer, British artist, painted landscapes, portraits and murals.