Carlisle in Poetry and Prose
More than almost any other provincial city, merry Carlisle has been featured in literature throughout the ages. The border city has provided a Romantic setting for the Arthurian stories of Thomas Mallory and the adventurous tales of Walter Scott. Charles Dickens and Nathaniel Hawthorne gave their own very different pictures of the city and many other writers, both local and national, have portrayed Carlisle in their work.
Stephen Matthews is an author, publisher and bookseller. He has taken a special interest in the culture of Cumberland. His most recent books are Beauty in the Lap of Horror, an account of early travellers in Borrowdale, and Josiah Relph of Sebergham, England's First Dialect Poet. His book on Charles Dickens’ visit to the county A Lazy Tour in Cumberland was Lakeland Book of the Year in 2015.