In this, our 33rd
year of the Hunter Davies Lakeland Book of the Year Awards we are delighted and proud to be able to continue our partnership with James Cropper of Burneside
Whether formally acknowledged or not, virtually all of the hard-back books entered in these awards will be printed on James Cropper paper, so this association is both apt and appropriate and we are enormously grateful to both Sir James Cropper and Mark, his son, for continuing their support for us. It is a great honour to be associated with such an iconic Cumbrian business.
It has been a bumper year this year, with sixty eight books entered. The quality is amongst the very best we have ever had, so the Judges have had a particularly tough time. Amongst the entries is Margaret Forster's
last book - How To Measure A Cow
. It was entered by the publishers and, in a normal year, Hunter would have got away with refusing it because of their close relationship. This year, his fellow judges and the organisers insisted it be allowed to stay, although without any contribution from Hunter himself. It is a fitting way to remember her wonderful contribution to the literary world over so many years, and, especially, her unique ability to raise the profile of Cumbria through her craft.
We continue to encourage and celebrate writing and publishing in Cumbria, and hope that we enhance the longstanding literary heritage of our County. These awards enrich the cultural profile of Cumbria and have raised thousands of pounds in funding for worthy charities with Cumbrian connections.
Zeffirellis is the leading attraction in Ambleside, enriching the lives of tourists and locals alike. The business encompasses Fellinis, the Park and the main Zeffirellis cinemas, showing an entertaining choice of the latest movies as well as art house films. The Jazz bar offers live music every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday with a mix of contemporary jazz and world music performances. Delicious fine dining is available at Fellinis, alongside a cafe and Zeffirellis restaurant, all utilising local and mostly organic produce.
Latitude Press Ltd
Based in Cumbria, Latitude Press offers a professional and reliable global book print sourcing solution. They specialise in print runs from 250 copies upwards, and clients range from local self publishers to national book publishing companies.
Bookends has three bookshops in Cumbria as well as a website, www.bookscumbria.com, which is devoted entirely to Cumbrian books. This family run business regards the promotion of Cumbrian titles as the most significant element of their bookselling in Carlisle and Keswick. Under the Bookcase imprint they have also published over 80 books of local interest. Their long-standing and continued sponsorship of the Lake District Book of the Year reaffirms the importance they attach to all books with a Cumbrian connection.
The Bill Rollinson Award Association
The great value of books for the mind and spirit of humanity cannot be overestimated. Those who sponsor The Bill Rollinson Award wish to perpetuate the memory of his love of books and his inspiration for others to find out and be enthused about his beloved Cumbria. The Lakeland Book of the Year Awards provide the most fitting memorial to him.
Striding Edge is a family business established in 1994 and based in the Wasdale valley in the English Lake District. For twenty four years Striding Edge Productions has been providing the very best hill walking programmes. It started with Wainwright. Eric Robson, one of the directors of the company, was Wainwright's walking companion in the classic television series. Striding Edge offers a wide range of outdoor DVDs books and maps and is now the biggest supplier of fell walking titles in the country. Eric also gives his time freely to these awards as one of our Judges.
Some of the Charities the Lakeland Book of the Year Awards have supported over the years:
Bendrigg Trust ::
Save the Children ::
Century Theatre ::
Holiday Care Services ::
The Calvert Trust ::
Nurture Lakeland ::
Lake District Mountain Accidents Association ::
Holehird Cheshire Home ::
Royal National Lifeboat Association ::
Cumbria Theatre Trust ::
Cumbria Deaf Association ::
The Brathay Appeal ::
Cancer Care ::
St Mary's Hospice ::
The Great North Air Ambulance ::
The North West Air Ambulance Service ::
Kepplewray Project ::
Cumbria Community Foundation ::
Cumbria Wildlife Trust ::
The Lake District Mountain Search and Rescue Association ::
Action for Blind People ::
Eskdale Community First Responders ::
Rydal Hall Garden Restoration Appeal ::
Cumbria Community Foundation ::
Annie Mawson's Sunbeams Music Trust ::
North Lakes Food Bank ::
The 2015 Cumbria Flood Appeal