A two mile walk exploring Carlisle’s literary history.
The ancient city of Carlisle has long and varied literary associations. The city appears in medieval literature as a site of romance and as one of the seats of King Arthur. By the late 19th century it was perceived as a centre of industry, often defined in literature as a passing-through point for Victorian railway travellers.
Distinct from Cumbria’s main Lake District literary heritage, Carlisle’s border status has played an important role in shaping literary responses. As the county city of the ‘debatable land’ on the Anglo-Scottish border, the literature of Carlisle often responds to issues of identity and conflict.
The Literary Walking Tour – complete with map, illustrations and 50+ excerpts – allows visitors to experience the rich literary history that has been inspired by this great northern city.
About the author
Dr Penny Bradshaw is thematic lead for Cultural Landscapes within the Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas at the University of Cumbria. She is also Programme Leader for the MA in Literature, Romanticism and the English Lake District.
Penny specialises in regional Romanticism and literary responses to place. Other recent publications include: Literary Lancaster (2016), Ann Radcliffe’s Observations During a Tour to the Lakes (2014), and The Lake Poems of John Wilson (2012).
SIZE: 195mm x 135mm.
FORMAT: Softback with laminated waterproof cover.
Printed in Penrith by H&H Reeds on woodland-friendly paper under the Woodland Carbon Code. For every copy of this book printed H&H Reeds work with the Woodland Trust to plant native woodland.