Linda Hepworth Previews the Words by the Water Festival 2018

Article published on December 12, 2017.

On the 8th December I went to the theatre at Keswick for the launch of the new season’s productions and, as always at this annual event, Kay Dunbar and Stephen Bristow were there to introduce the programme for next year’s Words by the Water festival – and what treats there are in store! Speakers include Sir Vince Cable, David Owen, Martin Bell, Simon Heffer, Penny Junor, Peter Snow, Michael Buerk, Hunter Davies, Melvyn Bragg, Michael Rosen, Claire Tomalin, Ben Okri and Terry Waite, to name just a very small number. As always, an eclectic range of topics will be covered during these ten days so this “festival of words and ideas” has so much to offer to anyone who enjoys being stimulated by new ideas and the opportunity to engage in lively discussions with like-minded people – people for whom curiosity is an essential part of living! For ten days the theatre echoes with the buzz of lively debate and conversation and, if you add to that mixture the fact that the theatre is set in such a beautiful location, by a lake and with a backdrop of snow-topped fells, there really could be no better place to spend some time in March.

The priority booking period for Friends of Ways with Words and/or Friends of Theatre by the Lake is now open and general booking will open on Monday 8th January. I have already bought my festival passes for the whole ten days so why not look at the programme and decide which talks you would like to listen to – even better, if you can spare the time, why not try at least one day pass this year because that way you may just discover some hidden gems!

Linda Hepworth
December 2017

The Words by the Water festival 2018 will take place from 9th to 18th March at the Theatre by the Lake, Keswick. Full details about all the events can be found here.



The Siege by Helen Dunmore


Snare by Lilja Sigurdardottir

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