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FESTIVALS: Words by the Water, 3rd-12th March 2017

Article published on January 30, 2017.

It’s hard to believe that the ‘Words by the Water Festival of Words and Ideas’ will be starting in just five weeks time. Back in mid-December, when I bought my festival passes for the full ten days, March 3rd seemed a long way off, but now it feels as though it is just around the corner!

If you haven’t yet seen the programme I hope that the links below will help you to discover what a wonderfully eclectic range of stimulating talks will be on offer between 3rd and 12th March. There really is something to appeal to everyone who enjoys reading and sharing ideas with like-minded people. The beautiful location, at the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick, situated on the shores of Derwentwater and surrounded by majestic fells, adds an extra dimension to the enjoyment of this festival…lakeside strolls for a breath of fresh air between talks are an added bonus!

I do hope you will take a look at the programme and be tempted to come to Keswick some time during the festival. If you haven’t been before you are in for a treat…and if you have you know what to expect! If you do come and would like to say hello, I’ll be in seat G17 in the main theatre for the duration!

Our Intrepid Reporter, Linda Hepworth
January, 2017


Words by the Water

Some events at Words by the Water 3 – 12 March 2017
Some familiar, household names are appearing:


Harriet Harman – Friday 3 March at 2.30pm
Salley Vickers – Saturday 4 March at 6pm
Roy Hattersley – Sunday 5 March at 4.15pm
Tariq Ali – Monday 6 March at 11am
David Owen – Tuesday 7 March at 7.30pm
And many more – depending on your household.

Other people appearing are less familiar but the topic makes the event appealing:

Andrew Michael Hurley on literature and landscape.
Elif Shafak a Turkish author and academic on the 13th C Sufi poet, Rumi.
A L Kennedy on the craft of writing.
Olivia Fane on sex and love.
Chris Wadsworth et al discuss art as a life changer.
Kassia St. Clair, a designer, shares her fascination with colour.
Vybarr Cregan-Reid on why we run.
Bredan King on Beryl Bainbridge.
Kathryn Hughes on the Victorians attitude to physical appearance.
Kapka Kassabova on the border zone between Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece


So as you can see there is much of interest in this year’s programme.
Do come to some events – by just attending you will fulfill many of your resolutions.

> Click here to browse through the programme.
> Click here to buy tickets online.
Or phone the box office at Theatre by the Lake: 017687 74411


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