Writers and Artists In Lake District & Cumbria

William Wordsworth, Lake District poet

The two major literary figures of  Cumbria, Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter are covered in more detail on their own pages. Here we look at a few of the other figures that impinged on the lakes and drew inspiration from them

Arthur Ransome, lived on the shores of Coniston, and set his well loved childrens books like Swallows and Amazons on the Lakes. Afficionados can find the settings of his books. Then there is a room devoted to Arthur Ransome in the Abbot Hall Museum, Kendal.

Postman Pat, another famous childrens character, was created by John Cunliffe and set in the village of Kentmere

Turner and Constable bothl painted lakeland scenes. George Romney is a well known local artist.

John Ruskins house, Brantwood on the eastern shores of Coniston, is open to the public. Ruskin drew and painted (some of his work is on display at Brantwood), and was also a leading art critic and involved with the setting up of the pre-Raphaelites

Hugh Walpole, writer of so many Lakeland novels,  near Keswick and set many of his novels in Watendlath nearby. You can see his house, and you can visit Watlendath

In more recent years Wainwright has become the accepted expert on walking the fells. Abbot Hall devotes a gallery to him as well

Hunter Davies has written a popular biography of Wordsworth and many travel books on the area and on Hadrians Wall. Melvyn Bragg and Margaret Foster have set historical novels in the Lakes

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