Cumbrian hotelier and former Lakeland book of the year winning author Simon Temple-Bennett, will be appearing at Keswick’s Words by the Water literary festival on Tuesday 7th March, at 12:30pm.
Simon, who has owned and run Augill Castle for the last 20 years, is also an accomplished author; having written two books recounting his time at the idyllic fairytale folly.
Simon moved to Northern England with wife Wendy, after successful spells as both a journalist and restaurateur in London’s prestigious West End and having spent time in international hotel management, in Jersey, Jakarta, Sydney, Perth and Singapore.
As well as claiming the Hunter Davies Lakeland Book of the Year 2014, his book Undressed for Dinner also scooped the Zefirelli’s Prize for People and Business. It follows the story of a young couple, leaving the bright lights of London to take up residence in a crumbling castle on the edge of the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. The autobiographical account of Simon’s time at the hotel, follows the quirks, intricacies, blood, sweat and tears that go into establishing and running an English country house.
Simon will be a featured speaker at the festival, presenting entertaining anecdotes from his books and discussing life at the castle, at the ‘On our doorstep’ forum of the festival.
Simon said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity to join the likes, of Sir Melvyn Bragg and Chris Tarrant at Words by the Water. I’ll be there sharing some of our more colourful stories from our life at Augill and it’s wonderful way to mark our 20th anniversary at the castle.”
To find out more about Simon Temple Bennett please visit www.simontemple-bennett.com.