A graphic fiction novel and art project inspired by Scotney Castle

A Castle in England is an Arts Council England supported literature project collaboration between writer Jamie Rhodes (Dead Men’s Teeth, 2014) and the National Trust. Jamie is the first Writer in Residence at the National Trust’s Scotney Castle in Kent, where he is working with the castle staff and archivists to find unusual material around which to create five graphic fiction scripts.

The scripts will be illustrated by experienced comic and graphic novel artists Becky Palmer, Isabel Greenberg, Briony May Smith, William Exley, and Isaac Lenkiewicz, and be published by Nobrow Press in early 2017.

Throughout the project Jamie is being mentored by award-winning graphic novelist, Karrie Fransman, and will be hosting several events and workshops throughout the year to share what he has learned about writing for graphic fiction.

The book will be launched at a gallery exhibition of artwork created through the project, alongside the original historical items that inspired the stories, curated by Craig McCartney of Mr. Four Fingers art duo.

Chapters from A Castle In England

A Castle in England

1300’s – 1900’s

Lead Writer: Jamie Rhodes


The Labourer

Medieval Era

Artist: Isaac Lenkiewicz

The Priest

Elizabethan Era

Artist: Briony May Smith

The Smuggler

Georgian Era

Artist: William Exley

The Widow

Victorian Era

Artist: Becky Palmer

The Hunter

Edwardian Era

Artist: Isabel Greenberg


Available at Nobrow Press

A collaboration between writer Jamie Rhodes and the National Trust, this unique graphic novel plunges us into the rich and often dark history of Scotney Castle in Kent.

Recreating the castle’s past from the Medieval to the Edwardian ages, five rising stars from the UK comics scene (Isaac Lenkiewicz, Briony May Smith, William Exley, Becky Palmer and Isabel Greenberg) have illustrated five short stories that mix fiction with fact, creating a visually striking graphic collection that is steeped in historical context.

Alternative Covers Created by Mr Four Fingers

Find out more about each chapter

  •  We are delighted to have Jamie joining the team and can’t wait to see what stories he will create.

    Chloe Tapping, House and Collections Manager
    National Trust

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