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Words by the Water to host eminent BBC foreign correspondent with support from Rathbones Kendal

Eminent BBC foreign correspondent John Simpson CBE will appear at Words by the Water on March 15th, in a talk sponsored by Rathbones Kendal. The session promises a fascinating insight into the intrigues of the author’s latest novel – Moscow, Midnight.

Phil John, Festival Producer said: “Words by the Water is a testament to the appetite and passion of those attendees from Cumbria and beyond delighting in words and ideas. We’re thrilled to host 10 days of wonderful authors and speakers discussing a smorgasbord of subjects all set in the beauty of Keswick by Derwentwater. We are delighted that Rathbones Kendal has sponsored the festival this year by supporting the John Simpson event in the Main House. We look forward to welcoming all who come to Words by the Water at Theatre by the Lake and are sure there will be something to delight and intrigue all who attend.”

Richard Dawson

Richard Dawson, Managing Director of Rathbones Kendal, said: “It’s very important to us to support world-class cultural and artistic events in Cumbria as a way of contributing to the vibrancy of our community. We’re very much looking forward to hearing John Simpson speak about his latest novel and we congratulate Words by the Water on another exceptional programme of authors this year.”

Other high-profile authors appearing at Words by the Water include Robin Ince and Marcus du Sautoy, as well as Tom Gregory who will appear on Thursday 14th March at  2.30pm. Tom is the youngest ever swimmer to cross the English Channel and a winner of the Whitbread Book Prize for his book A Boy in the Water.

Rathbones Kendal regularly sponsors cultural and literary events in Cumbria and the surrounding areas, including support for the Lakeland Arts Trust’s Abbot Hall Gallery and Lancashire’s Haffner Orchestra. Rathbones Investment Management also sponsors the Rathbones Folio Prize, a prestigious national literary award open to both fiction and non-fiction works.

For more information about Words by the Water and to reserve tickets to sessions, please visit or phone 01768 774411.

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