From the Westmorland Gazette
The Cumbrian landscapes that have inspired some of Britain’s most loved authors will be celebrated in a new series of documentaries produced by BBC English Regions in partnership with BBC Learning as part of the #LoveToRead season. Books That Made Britain is part of an eleven part regional series to transmit on BBC One in the North West on Sunday 16 October at 3.45pm, and on BBC iPlayer.
Presenter Simon O’Brien travels his home region discovering the landscapes that have inspired children’s authors and ignited the imaginations of their readers. On his journey he sails across Coniston to uncover the enduring appeal of Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome and ventures underground to bronze age mines in search of the Weirdstone of Brisingamen from Alan Garner’s novel. He visits the home of Beatrix Potter in the Lake District and meets Millions author Frank Cottrell-Boyce.
Simon is also passionate about encouraging children to use literature as an escape and will reveal his plans to build a library in the shape of an upturned book in his native Liverpool.