The more I write, the more I realise that inspiration comes from everywhere; it is all around, in your past, your present, your surroundings, the people you meet, and the stories you read – Sofi Croft, author of Indigo’s Dragon The Lake District has long been a source of inspiration for writers and artists, and this […]Read more "Indigo’s Dragon – A Children’s Fantasy Inspired by the Borrowdale Valley"
According to the LA Post, Electra of Sophocles is unique among the tradition of Greek tragedies for its emphasis on action. From the opening, a plot is put into place by Orestes in order to dismantle the corrupt reign of his mother Clytemnestra, the woman responsible for murdering Agamemnon – the king and Orestes father. Director Mary Papadima certainly […]Read more "Theatre by the Lake’s ‘Elektra’ – A High-Action Revenge Tale"
“I am alone but I am winning” So says medieval French queen Margaret of Anjou in her uncharacteristically favourable portrayal in Catherine Hokin’s debut novel, Blood and Roses. Catherine, who was born in Keswick and now lives in Glasgow, re-interprets the story of Margaret of Anjou as a feminist re-telling of one of the bloodiest periods […]Read more "Catherine Hokin’s Margaret of Anjou – “A Kick-Ass, Modern Medieval”"
It’s difficult to get a bad picture of Buttermere Lake. With its striking mirror reflection and hue of green and blues, this is one of the most popular beauty spots in the Lake District. It also offers a great circular walk. The lake is situated at the head of the Buttermere Valley and is […]Read more "Buttermere Valley – Famous Maids and Stunning Views"
Owing to its modest height, easy accessibility and spectacular views of Derwentwater, Catbells is one of the most popular fells in the Lakes for walkers. There is some doubt surrounding the origin of its unusual name, but one theory is that it comes from a distortion of “Cat Bields”, meaning shelter of the wild cat. […]Read more "Catbells – Poem of the Month by Dave Cryer"
Alfred Wainwright’s popularity shows no sign of slowing down. Nearly 25 years after his death, his guide books continue to sell in vast quantities as walkers follow in his footsteps to become ‘Wainwright baggers.’ Seen as we’ve got a fairly decent reputation for producing poetry in the Lakes, what better way to epitomise these celebrated […]Read more "A Poetic Landscape – Wainwrights in Verse by John Phoenix Hutchinson"
The first week in September saw the second Borderlines Book Festival take place over four days in Carlisle. A festival aimed at readers and writers, the event was a hub of activity including author talks, writer’s workshops and a murder mystery night! I attended four events, here is an overview: The first event I attended […]Read more "Inspirational Voices and a Whole Lot of Books – Borderlines Book Festival"
Is the ‘immoral’ choice sometimes the best choice? What lengths would you go to in order to keep your head above water? Cumbrian author Paula Daly returns with her third novel, The Mistake I Made. As with her previous two novels, the highly-popular Just What Kind of Mother Are You? and Keep Your Friends Close, […]Read more "Dilemmas and Consequences in the South Lakes – ‘The Mistake I Made’ by Paula Daly"
The world of farming has come under the spotlight recently. Currently, ITV are airing Flockstars – a series in which celebrities compete against each other in sheepdog trials. Although the light-entertainment, celebrity aspect is not to everyone’s taste, its current prime time slot is evidence of the rising interest in all things agricultural. More seriously, the […]Read more "Working and Writing the Landscape: The Shepherd’s Life by James Rebanks"
Fancy spending the evening listening to a bestselling political activist, or the Herdwick shepherd who is taking the book world, and Twitter, by storm? Or perhaps you are a writer who would like to enhance your skills in a workshop run by an established author? Borderlines Festival returns next month after its successful first year in […]Read more "Borderlines Festival"