Lakes Alive

Lakes Alive

Summer might be nearly over but the Lakes Alive festival will definitely brighten up your weekend! Taking place in Kendal between 8th -10th September 2017, visitors are promised vibrant illuminations, digital delights, intimate performances, amazing installations and spectacular happenings. The programme  This year’s event will be a celebration of World Heritage Site Status for the Lake District, so expect to see …

Derwentwater

Derwentwater – Celebrated in Poetry and Photographs

Derwentwater is the crowning glory of the Lake District town of Keswick. 3 miles long, a mile wide and bordered by fells and woodland, it’s a place of stunning natural beauty from any angle. At the south end, it is surrounded by the impressive Borrowdale Valley. It also holds literary significance, inspiring writers such as William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter, …

Borderlines 2016 – Cumbria’s Festival for Book Lovers

Great writers seem to be drawn to Cumbria! Carlisle hosts its third Borderlines book festival during 7-9 October, 2016, and it returns bigger than ever. Not only are there top names – such as legendary crime writer Val McDermid, screen-writing stalwart Jimmy McGovern, expert linguist David Crystal and his son Ben, and fiction favourite Alexander McCall Smith – there are …

Indigo’s Dragon – A Children’s Fantasy Inspired by the Borrowdale Valley

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 is also the case for …

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 summons the action in The …

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 of English history. In a …

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 hills than with a collection …