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Steve Chilton wins the Bill Rollinson Prize for Landscape and Tradition at the Lakeland Book Awards

The Lakeland Book of the Year Awards for 2014 took place at an awards luncheon, held within a marquee at the Inn on the Lake, on Tuesday July 15th. The awards ceremony is now in its 30th year and had 60 books entered into the awards. There are five category prizes, one of which is the Bill Rollinson Prize for Landscape and Tradition.

Founder of the Awards, Hunter Davies, said: ‘It really has been a vintage year for Cumbrian books. The range of subjects covered has amazed me. I really must applaud the efforts of all who entered, they should all be congratulated for their sterling contribution to Cumbria’s rich literary landscape.’

The judging panel consisted of author and columnist Hunter Davies, himself broadcaster and writer Eric Robson and BBC News broadcaster Fiona Armstrong.

Overall winner for the Lakeland Book of the Year Award was Undressed for Dinner by Simon Temple-Bennett, published by Hayloft Publishing.
As The Bookseller reported: ‘It’s a Hill, Get Over It by Steve Chilton (Sandstone Press), was awarded the Bill Rollinson Prize for Landscape and Tradition. The book offers a detailed history of the sport of fell running, including in-depth conversations with some of the sport’s greats.’

Lakeland Book of the Year organizer, Chris Tomlinson, said: ‘We’ve had superb support for these awards from people and businesses across Cumbria, this year more than ever, but also throughout the 30 years of the competition’s existence. Tens of thousands of pounds have been raised for Cumbrian charities in the process. The real star is Hunter Davies himself, who, few people realise, personally funds these Awards and ensures they continue. No other region in the UK is so fortunate. This is what Cumbria is about - working together to enrich our community.’

Ian Stephens, Cumbria Tourism’s managing director, said: ‘The Lakeland Book of the Year Awards are a constant source of inspiration for all those that love this magnificent County. The vast library of books about its people, places, flora and fauna, our rich cultural heritage and full range of factual and fictional writing never ceases to amaze me. As we can see from the quality of the entries this year, Cumbria truly is an inspirational place.’
In a short acceptance speech Steve Chilton said that it was ‘fantastic to get such recognition for the book from, and among, his peers’.

Sandstone Press Managing Director Robert Davidson says:
‘At Sandstone Press we are very proud of our author Steve Chilton and his definitive history of fellrunning, It’s a Hill, Get Over It. We send congratulations to him especially, but also to the other category and overall winners, and thanks to the organisers of this great, long-lived event, and to its founder Hunter Davis.’

Steve Chilton

Steve Chilton