Anna Chilver's book of short stories will be launched on December 17

Posted: 5.12.12

Complex relationships between people and their landscape are explored through four very different short stories inspired by the wild and wonderful South Pennines.

Legging It, the collection of short stories by Anna Chilvers, will be launched at Hebden Bridge Library on Monday, December 17. The author, who has been a writer-in-residence for the Watershed Landscape project, managed by Pennine Prospects, will read one of the stories and answer questions at the free event from 7pm to 8.30pm.

“Each story is situated in a specific place in the South Pennines,” explained Anna. “Although I’d selected the places beforehand I went to each with an open mind; I didn’t know how they would speak to me but each did and the stories are all inspired by the landscape.

“I enjoy being outdoors and I’m a writer so to be able to bring both passions together in this project has been a real privilege. I’ve been working with others through workshops to discover their inspiration. This part of the project was mine; it was a great way to end my time on the Watershed Landscape project.”

Standedge Tunnel at Pule Hill, Ogden Water near Halifax, Cant Clough Reservoir overlooking Burnley and Blackstone Edge above Hollingworth Lake, were chosen by Anna to represent the South Pennines landscape and to illustrate people’s interaction with it, both in the past and in the present.

The book takes its title from the method of propulsion through the narrow Standedge Tunnel, which opened in 1811, and starts with a story featuring the leggers. However the complexities of twenty-first century life are also played out in the stories that bring a range of emotions to the fore.

Anna, who has been working on the Watershed Landscape under the name Anna Turner, lives in the South Pennines and enjoys the area daily as a walker and runner. Signed copies of Legging It will be available for £4.99 at the launch. The book will also be available from The Bookcase in Hebden Bridge (Market Street) and the Canal and Visitor Centre, Hebden Bridge.

The Watershed Landscape project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and the South Pennines LEADER programme, (the Rural Development Programme for England), which is jointly funded by Defra and the European Union, and managed by Pennine Prospects.

Watershed Landscape website.

Photograph: Anna Chilvers, by Johnny Turner

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