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Boundary Songs: Notes from the edge of the Lake District National Park

DAVID BANNING with drawings by IAIN SHARPE

PUBLISHED 15 SEPTEMBER 2020

“In a series of excursions worthy of Iain Sinclair, David delves into the uncanny past and present of the Lake District National Park boundary…

– for London Orbital think Cumbrian Orbital – “

WILL SMITH: CUMBRIA LIFE OCTOBER 2020 issue

Discover. Explore. Inspire. On the fringes of England’s largest national park, now a World Heritage Site, an alternative vision emerges. In late 2017, a walk around the boundary of the Lake District uncovers a hidden landscape consumed by ghosts of nostalgia. Roughly 160 miles where it’s never quite clear where the muddy paths and coastal ridges will lead. Stumbling upon industry as theme park on the border between urban and rural. A hallucinatory journey reimagining the in-between lands of cinematic markers, a sixteenth century noblewoman, artists such as Graham Sutherland and a constant stream of found debris. From a meeting with Silecroft’s mafia at Valley End to the gates of Sellafield, the edge of darkness is revealed.

Welcome to a different ‘place to be’, where the pastoral and sublime rub shoulders with nuclear and second home syndrome – on the edges of Brexit…


PAPERBACK 246 PAGES ISBN 9781838091507 PUBLISHED 15 SEPTEMBER 2020 COVER DESIGN: FULL POINT

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