John 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 at 7.30 pm.
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.
John has also performed this presentation to the National Trust Yorkshire meeting at the Ian Clough Hall at Baildon on Saturday 27th February 2010, the Swaledale Outdoor Club on Friday 19th March and the Brindle Historical Society (near Blackburn) on Monday 22nd March. The presentation was subsequently given on Saturday 24th April when, as part of the Haltwhistle Walking Festival, John gave his presentation at the Comrades Club in Haltwhistle to approximately 100 walkers from the festival. He then spoke at the Kendal Civic Society meeting on Monday 26th April at The Shakespeare Centre in Highgate, Kendal, and finally to the Ryedale Walking Group at Pickering on Friday 7th May.
Moving onto the autumn, John will be giving this talk to the Ambleside and District University of the Third Age at their meeting on Monday 8th November at 2.30 p.m. This is at the Marchesi Centre, Holly Road, Windermere. For prices and to book ring Rae Cross, Programmes Secretary on 01539-444156.
If any other groups wish to book John for a talk later in 2010 or in 2011, please contact him via e-mail at: [email protected] or ring 07725434036.