Lakeland Book of the Year

Celebrating writers inspired by the Lake District, Cumbria

Lakeland Book of the Year

Lakeland Book of the Year celebrates top quality writing inspired by the Lake District, Cumbria. Over the past four decades, this prestigious annual competition has seen authors create an incredible catalogue of books covering a range of rich and varied subjects, from landscape and tradition to literature and poetry.

Founded in 1984 by prolific author, journalist and broadcaster Hunter Davies OBE, all entries for Lakeland Book of the Year must be set in – or feature – Cumbria in some way. Grace Dent, Rory Stewart and James Rebanks are among the many talented writers who have previously scooped the overall title of ‘Book of the Year’.

 

Lakeland Book of the Year

The Hunter Davies Lakeland Book of the Year 2024

Some of Us Just Fall by Polly Atkin

Some of Us Just Fall - Polly Atkin

The full list of 2024 category winners included:

Politics on the Edge by Rory Stewart

The Bookends Prize for People & Business

Politics on the Edge by Rory Stewart

A Literary Walking Tour of Carlisle - Dr P. Bradshaw

The Zeffirellis Prize for Guides & Places

A Literary Walking Tour of Carlisle by Penny Bradshaw

Rural by Rebecca Smith

The Bill Rollinson Association Prize for Landscape & Tradition

Rural by Rebecca Smith

The Bay by Julia Rampen

The Gilpin Hotel Prize for Fiction

The Bay by Julia Rampen

Some of Us Just Fall - Polly Atkin

The Wordsworth Prize for Literature & Poetry

Some of Us Just Fall by Polly Atkin

 Sketching A Year in Lakeland – Liz Wakelin

The Latitude Press Prize for Illustration & Presentation

Sketching A Year in Lakeland by Liz Wakelin

The CGP Books Children’s Poem of the Year

Recipe for a Diverse Society by Jacob from Shap CE School

Recipe for a Diverse Society - Jacob - Lakeland Book of the Year Poetry Competition 2024

Lakeland Book of the Year 2024 Sponsors

Bookends - Sponsoring Lakeland Book of the Year 2024
Castle Green Hotel - Sponsoring Lakeland Book of the Year 2024
CGP - Sponsoring Lakeland Book of the Year 2024
Gilpin - Sponsoring Lakeland Book of the Year 2024
Latitude Press - Sponsoring Lakeland Book of the Year 2024
The Bill Rollinson Association - Sponsoring Lakeland Book of the Year 2024
Wordsworth Grasmere - Sponsoring Lakeland Book of the Year 2024
Zeffirellis - Sponsoring Lakeland Book of the Year 2024

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For more information about Lakeland Book of the Year, contact Ben Melling on bmelling@cumbriatourism.org