Alfred Wainwright, His Legacy. Sedbergh Book Festival. Fri 31st May 2024.

    Alfred Wainwright, His Legacy

    Location: People’s Hall – Sedbergh Book Festival

    Date: Friday 31st May

    Time: 7:30 – 9:30 pm (including interval)

    Yorkshire-born engineer Chris Butterfield’s lifelong love of the outdoors and admiration for Alfred Wainwright inspired him to build an extensive archive honouring the world-famous fell walker and safeguarding his legacy.

    Assisted by his wife, Priscilla, Chris has amassed an impressive private collection of Wainwright materials and created the popular Facebook group Alfred Wainwright Books & Memorabilia and the website

    Chris discusses Alfred Wainwright’s life, his book publishing history, and how it all began over 70 years ago. He also reveals discoveries, including never-before-seen photos of Wainwright taken by his good friend Ken Shepherd and a rare interview with Wainwright.

    There will also be several rare short films, including a tribute to Wainwright’s close friend and former Westmorland Gazette book publishing manager, Andrew Nichol, 91. The film documents Andrew’s extraordinary ascent to Innominate Tarn atop Haystacks in October 2023 with the help of the Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team, where he paid his respects to Wainwright at the spot where his ashes scattered over thirty years ago.

    Sadly, Andrew passed away a few months after fulfilling his final wish to visit the tarn. Emmy-nominated filmmakers Chris and Lorena Linke have meticulously crafted this film to honour both Andrew and Wainwright’s legacy and friendship.

    Chris, the author of Wainwright Memories, has published numerous articles about Wainwright and has appeared on television and radio to discuss the life, work, and achievements of the late, great fellwanderer.

    The event will conclude with a Q&A session and book signing.

    Tickets: £5.00 under 16 free

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