This is an archived press release
Tuesday 18 November 2014
A writing group has published a collection of short stories inspired by the Peak District, thanks to support from the Peak District National Park Authority.
Peak Echoes features 30 fictional stories by 14 local writers and was produced by the Writers in the Peak group with the help of a £9,200 grant from the Authority's Sustainable Development Fund.
The Duke of Devonshire has written a foreword for the book and photographer Chris Gilbert provided images to complement each of the stories free of charge.
Joyce Janes, from Writers in the Peak, said: "We are delighted with the way Peak Echoes has turned out. It is the second book we have published and we are sure people will enjoy reading it.
"We hope it will encourage more people to come along and join the group. We will be using some of the money from sales to organise workshops to promote creative writing to people of all ages."
Writers in the Peak has around 30 members and meets every week at the Rutland Hotel in Bakewell (7-9pm). A new youth group meets on the first Thursday of every month at the same venue (5-6.30pm), and there are also plans to create a Little Echoes project, designed to get younger children involved in writing.
Peak Echoes will be launched at the Bakewell Visitor Centre on November 29. Copies of the book, which costs £7.50, are also available from local bookshops or can be ordered from the group.