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WRITERS ' n all that

Jo Bell

Poet & writer Web site

Miriam A Bibby

Writer & Editor Facebook

Ian Coates

Writer & blogger. It's All In The Jeans

Brodie Curtis

Writer, War fiction Web site

Brett Evans

Poet & poetry editor for Prole. Published at Indigo Dreams

Norman Hadley

Poet & writer Web site

Adrian Horn

Writer, historian, OU lecturer
Author page

Esmeralda Mac's Cumbrian Folklore blog - myths and history, far more interesting than the fictions that have been woven around them.

Zoe Sharp

Crime novelist Web site

Angela Topping

Poet & educator



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Prole Books

Independent producers of poetry and prose in the form of a literary magazine (3 times a year) and poetry pamphlets and collections. They receive no grants or subsidies but they sell enough to pay their authors and their products have received good reviews. They published Ash Tree for me in 2013. Visit the Prole Books web site.

Hayloft Publishing Ltd

Hayloft produce local and national titles, mostly with countryside, walking and historical themes. Since Hayloft was started in 1988 it has published more than a hundred books.

Hayloft has had several books short-listed in the Lakeland Book of the Year Awards and five went on to win in their categories: Lakeland in the 1830s, Walking on Bridges, 104 Men, Stone Circles of Cumbria and Hoofprints in Eden. Visit Hayloft's web site.

Jane Badger Books

Equestrian Bookseller and author Jane Badger describes herself as "a time-poor bookdealer with a life long pony obsession." She specialises in English language horse and pony fiction and has recently taken the plunge into publishing. Visit Jane Badger's web site.


The Book Lounge

Light, airy sit-and-chat-with-coffee bookshop at 12, Main Street, Kirkby Lonsdale. Facebook page

Cowan Bridge Tea Room

Local Shop and Tea Room near Kirkby Lonsdale. Home made food and they sell local books too! Facebook page

Hedgehog Books

Great Dockray, Penrith, Cumbria. Visit their web site and Facebook page.

King's Bookshop

Callander, Scotland. A general secondhand and antiquarian bookshop with a bindery (for the shop's use only). Sally has a new novel out, Wildgoose, published by Red Squirrel. Facebook page

Local Writers' Groups (Cumbria & North Lancs)

Shap Writers

At the Old Courthouse, Shap; monthly workshops, led by Susan Allen, via Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere.


Novelists' group meets once a month to support each other with works-in-progress. Contact Deborah Swift for details. Facebook page

Kendal Writers' Cafe

Meets monthly in Kendal to critique, share tips, hear guest speakers, work towards publication. Web site.

Local Festivals & Arts groups (Cumbria & North Lancs)

Words by the Water festival in Keswick - the north west of England's premier festival of words and ideas, run by Ways with Words.

Litfest - Lancashire's literary festival, and a wealth of info for writers.

Eden Arts / New Writing Cumbria - website, e-letter, Word Mess and more. Crackers - but in a nice way.

Borderlines - Autumn litfest in Carlisle.

Ponies, Carriage Driving

The Fell Pony Society - to foster and keep pure the old breed of pony which has roamed the northern fells for years and to circulate knowledge and general information about the pony breed.

The Fell Pony Museum - celebrates the ponies of the Lake District, who have worked and travelled through history and whose breed has been known for over a century as "the Fell".

British Driving Society - to encourage and assist those interested in the Driving of Equine Animals.

North West Driving Club - to foster good horsemanship and friendship amongst all drivers of harnessed horses and ponies in the North West of the UK.

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