Borderlines Festival 2017

Fresh from winning the Culture City Award at the Carlisle Living Awards, Borderlines festival returns with another diverse programme of events between 30th September and 8th October.

Legendary mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington will be giving a talk to celebrate the publication of his new autobiography, Ascent. Chris, in conversation with Radio 4 journalist Eric Robson, will reflect on his climbing career, as well as share memories of his life spent with his late wife Wendy, their struggles and triumphs, and her battle against the cruel Motor Neurone Disease.

On the back of his record breaking 300 mile circuit of all 214 Wainwright fells, Steve Birkinshaw will be talking about his life and his astonishing achievements. Steve has recently released his book, There’s No Map In Hell, which has been hugely successful, so don’t delay in getting your tickets!

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Other highlights include: local writer Hunter Davies talking about his late wife, the brilliant author Margaret Forster; politician Alistair Campbell talking about his years working with Tony Blair and Gordon Brown; bestselling author Jo Baker, author of Longbourn, a retelling of an Austen classic. And this year’s rural legend spot is reserved for Amanda Owen aka The Yorkshire Shepherdess – farmer, Tweeter, presenter and mother of nine (how does she do it?!).

As always there are plenty of workshops on offer for writers. Want to self publish? There’s a workshop for that. Crime fiction? Yep. Life writing? Ghost stories? Poetry? Philosophy? They’re spoiling you!

There’s even some live performances. Rumour has it Beatrix Potter is making an appearance

To see the full Borderlines programme of events and to buy your tickets check out the website:



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