Our Sponsors

In this, our 38th year of the Hunter Davies Lakeland Book of the Year Awards we are delighted and proud to be able to continue our partnership with James Cropper of Burneside.

Whether formally acknowledged or not, virtually all of the hard-back books entered in these awards will be printed on James Cropper paper, so this association is both apt and appropriate and we are enormously grateful to both Sir James Cropper and Mark, his son, for continuing their support for us. It is a great honour to be associated with such an iconic Cumbrian business.

We continue to encourage and celebrate writing and publishing in Cumbria, and hope that we enhance the longstanding literary heritage of our County. These awards enrich the cultural profile of Cumbria and have raised thousands of pounds in funding for worthy charities with Cumbrian connections.

If you are interested in sponsoring the awards please get in touch via info@cumbriatourism.org 

Thank you to our Awards Sponsors whose support is so much appreciated:


Latitude Press Ltd 

Based in Cumbria, Latitude Press offers a professional and reliable global book print sourcing solution. They specialise in print runs from 500 copies upwards, and clients range from local self-publishers to national book publishing companies. Several books entered here today were printed with the help of Latitude Press.


Bookends Bookshop

Bookends has two bookshops in Cumbria as well as a café and a website, www.bookscumbria.com, which is devoted entirely to Cumbrian books. This family run business regards the promotion of Cumbrian titles as the most significant element of their bookselling in Carlisle and Keswick.  Under the Bookcase imprint they have also published over 100 books of local interest. Their long-standing and continued sponsorship of the Lake District Book of the Year reaffirms the importance they attach to all books with a Cumbrian connection.


The Bill Rollinson Award Association

The great value of books for the mind and spirit of humanity cannot be overestimated.  Those who sponsor The Bill Rollinson Award wish to perpetuate the memory of his love of books and his inspiration for others to find out and be enthused about his beloved Cumbria. The Lakeland Book of the Year Awards provide the most fitting memorial to him.


Striding Edge

Striding Edge is a family business established in 1994 and based in the Wasdale valley in the English Lake District.  For twenty-five years Striding Edge Productions has been providing the very best hill walking programmes. It started with Wainwright.  Eric Robson, President of the company, was Wainwright’s walking companion in the classic television series. Striding Edge offers a wide range of outdoor DVDs books and maps and is now one of the biggest suppliers of fell walking titles in the country. Eric also gives his time freely to these awards as one of our Judges.


The Gilpin Hotel and Lake House

At the heart of Gilpin is a very passionate family and team, dedicated to creating lasting memories for their guests. For Gilpin, hospitality starts with a very warm welcome and ends with a friendly goodbye, with extraordinary service, exquisite décor and stunning culinary experiences in between. Expect warm smiles, fresh flowers and friendly, unpretentious service. The spirit of Gilpin is motivated by love and laughter. What better place to relax with a good book?

For further information

Contact Reception on
01539 822222 or info@cumbriatourism.org