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Events > 2011

An Evening with Alfred Wainwright

John Burland - founder of the Wainwright SocietyJohn Burland, the founder of the Wainwright Society, has written and devised a dramatic presentation of the life and works of AW. This was first presented at the Wildman Theatre at Ilkley Playhouse as part of the Ilkley Literature festival on Thursday 15 October 2009.

A capacity audience of approximately 130 people attended this event. John took the audience on a journey through AW's life from his humble upbringing in Blackburn through his life-changing visit to the Lake District in 1930 and then his eventual move to Kendal in 1940 and the fifteen years spent writing the Pictorial Guides between 1952 and 1967.

During 2010, John gave a further seven presentations in Baildon, Brindle, Haltwhistle, Kendal, Richmond, Pickering and Windermere and in January 2011 he spoke to the walking group leaders from Durham County Council. Audiences at these events ranged from approximately 50 at Richmond to over 200 in Blackburn.

John is presenting this talk at a number of venues in 2011. The first is at Penruddock (Near Penrith) on Friday, 1 April at 8 pm in aid of the improvements to Penruddock Village Hall. Ring Linda Walker on 017684 83410 to book tickets - £5 per head. He is then at Ramsbottom in Lancashire on the evening of Thursday 5 May as part of the celebrations of the opening of the new library in the town. Tickets from Alison Bond McNally on 0161 253 7345 priced £4 each.

Moving onto the autumn he will be presenting the talk on Tuesday, 4 October to the Marple Ramblers and then on 15 November to the Easingwold Univeristy of the 3rd Age. Booking details for these two talks will be advised as soon as they are known. If any other groups wish to book John for a talk in either the spring or autumn of 2011, please contact him via e-mail at: or ring 07725434036.