Theatre by the Lake’s ‘Elektra’ – A High-Action Revenge Tale

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 […]

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Catherine Hokin’s Margaret of Anjou – “A Kick-Ass, Modern Medieval”

“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 […]

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A Poetic Landscape – Wainwrights in Verse by John Phoenix Hutchinson

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 […]

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Dilemmas and Consequences in the South Lakes – ‘The Mistake I Made’ by Paula Daly

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, […]

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Working and Writing the Landscape: The Shepherd’s Life by James Rebanks

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 […]

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Borderlines Festival

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 […]

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