Date Posted: 4th December 2013

It's out! The programme for the Festival of Words and Ideas at Theatre by the Lake in Keswick was released on Monday.  It is full of tempting stuff from Jeremy Paxman to Kirsty Wark; Melvyn Bragg to Jonathan Aitkin, Germain Greer to Princess Michael of Kent. The variety of speakers and subjects on offer is astounding.

I am thrilled to say I have a slot in there too among all the luminaries. On Thursday 13th March at 11.00 I will be giving an illustrated talk about Percy Kelly's Coast in the Main House. I always panic a bit beforehand because the Main House is a big space to fill so come on all you Kelly fans within a reasonable distance, I need your support. There will be new material based on the trails and the feedback I'm getting from those tramping the coastline villages and towns. I will be available afterwards to catch up with you. It'll cost you £9 but there are lots of other interesting speakers and topics that day so you could book a day ticket (5 events £35) or even a  5 day pass for £155. Look at www.wordsbythewater.org.uk for more details. Then book on 017687 74411.

The theatre also disclosed its 2014 programme on Monday.  We are so lucky to have this, the second most welcoming theatre in Britain - it's official, and the programme next year is something to look forward to - see www.theatrebythelake.com.

I heard this week that the first box of trails has reached New Zealand. It only took 5 days. I am now busy replenishing stocks in the outlets as they are still flying off the shelves. Remember you can order on this web site as well from Merchandise and we can post them off with a Kelly gift card to a nominated address. You will be sending more than a box of lovely images and stories, you will be sending out a lasting project. Your friends will probably come and walk the trails in the spring or summer and you can't really do them all in a day unless you are Superman or Usain Bolt!

Please let me know how you get on. You can send comments and photographs via the contact form. I need your feedback.