Tag Archives: Lake District

Spotlight on…Thomas De Quincey

Thomas de Quincey lake district

‘Nobody will last long who deals with much with opium: its pleasures even are of a grave and solemn complexion’ – Thomas de Quincey, Confessions of an English Opium Eater. Addict, eccentric, outcast. This is how Thomas de Quincey is often remembered by biographers. But what other legacy has De Quincey left? Foremost, De Quincey produced one of the most enduring …

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 …

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, her latest offering is a …

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 media has been reporting on …