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Events > 2008

The 2008 Wainwright Memorial Lecture
Saturday 11th October 2008 at RHEGED

The sixth Wainwright Memorial Lecture given by Derry Brabbs

This year’s speaker was Derry Brabbs, the international photographer who worked with Wainwright on a number of books in the 1980’s including Fellwalking with Wainwright, Wainwright on the Pennine Way, Wainwright’s Favourite Lakeland Mountains, and Wainwright in the Valleys of Lakeland. In 2005 Derry produced his own book In The Footprints of Wainwright telling the story of his work with AW.

John Burland and Derry Brabbs

In recent years, Derry Brabbs has established a great reputation as an accomplished speaker whose presentations are a visual delight. His audiences are captivated by a combination of outstanding photography and informative narrative, delivered in a relaxed, humorous style.

A revised version of Fellwalking with Wainwright was published by Francis Lincoln in the Autumn of 2006 and, along with its 2005 predecessor, In the Footprints of Wainwright, tells of Derry’s association with one of England’s more enigmatic literary figures from the latter decades of the 20th century. Now that a new generation of Wainwright aficionados are roaming the Lake District, Derry took part in 2007 in the filming of the second TV series of Wainwright Walks, (BBC4 & BBC2), despite his protesting knee ligaments during the ascents of the Lake District mountains!

Derry’s talk lasted approximately an hour and was illustrated by around 100 colour slides, mainly of scenes of the Lake District.