A NEW book club is lining up guest authors to talk to locals and Lake District visitors.

The writers are coming along each month to talk about their work at the Burn How Hotel in Bowness.

The first meeting of the book club took place at the hotel on the evening of Wednesday March 22.

Burn How proprietor Vicky Robinson, who will chair the May meeting, is 'delighted' by the response so far to the new book club.

She said: “We opened with the romantic novelist Suzanne Snow, and then last month, by complete contrast, our guest was the crime writer Martin Edwards who sets a lot of his books right here in the Lakes. Including a murder in Bowness.”

On Wednesday, May 17, the guest will be the popular Cumbrian poet Kerry Darbishire.

Kerry is also set to be writer in residence this summer at Rydal Mount near Ambleside, the long-time home of William Wordsworth.

The following month, June 14, the guest speaker will be the mountaineer, writer and data scientist, Heather Dawe.

She has spent as much time as possible running, cycling and climbing in wild and mountainous places. Heather’s books include Adventures In Mind, Traceless (co-authored with Geoff Cox) and Mountain Stories.

She is currently working on a collection of short stories, two of which were published in Alpinist 78 and Alpinist 80. 

She was one of the editors of Waymaking, which won the Mountain Literature (Non-Fiction) Prize at Banff in 2019, was on the jury for the 2021 Banff Mountain Book Competition and was guest editor of the 2022 edition of The Himalayan Journal.

She also written for a variety of print and online publications including The Guardian, UKClimbing.com and Caught By the River.

The meetings are open and free to all and there is no need to join or to have read a particular book.

The May event starts at 7pm in the lounge bar at the Burn How Hotel.

For more information visit the hotel website here.