One of the country’s best known literary and broadcasting luminaries is set to reveal the impact of Cumbria on his widely acclaimed books.

Lord Melvyn Bragg will be speaking at a public gathering at University of Cumbria’s Ambleside campus on March 8, where MA literature students are studying his novel The Maid of Buttermere.

He said it was ‘very fortifying for literature about the Lake District to be studied at such a pivotal place’, adding it was an exceptional opportunity to be where great work had been imagined and written.

The university’s new masters’ course in Literature, Romanticism and the English Lake District was hailed by the bestselling author, famed presenter of The South Bank Show and BBC Radio 4’s In Our Time.

Lord Bragg said: “To be able to go to the places that William and Dorothy Wordsworth and Coleridge went to, as well as all the others who have written there, could be unique. I’m rooted in Cumbria, biologically, historically and imaginatively."