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KEEPING YOU IN TOUCH - YOUR FREE MONTHLY NEWSPAPER DELIVERED DOOR-TO-DOOR FOR 31 YEARS PERCY HOUSE GALLERY


WHEN LUCY FOUND LYDIA ~ THE COCKERMOUTH POST BOOK REVIEW ~


Linda MacDonald’s novel Meeting Lydia is about the powerful long-term effects of school bullying and of internet relationships.


First released in 2011, it has now been brought out in a second edition. Linda says, ‘It is fitting that the new edition is coming out this year.’


Fifty years ago, on the evening of 25th March 1968, a significant event took place at Wyndham House prep


New Work by Alan Richmond


PERCY HOUSE GALLERY 38-42 Market Place, Cockermouth


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The Highlands and Islands of Scotland and the reminiscent landscapes imagined in the worn paintwork of the abandoned boats and buildings, inspire Alan’s semi-abstract landscapes.


The idea behind the work is to create images strongly reminiscent and evocative of the landscape and just as the process of


weathering occurs over a period of time, so the paintings require time to absorb what you see.


We have a new selection of beautiful handmade silk scarves, silver jewellery by Anne Reeves, fused glass dragonfly pendants plus lots more.


Tom and Martin Norris will display their ceramics in the window during the Meanders week from 23rd June.


Main: Landscape by Alan Richmond. Inset: Silk scarves by Diane Jones


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www.hairofthedogcumbria.com INFO@THECOCKERMOUTHPOST.CO.UK NSPCC members outside the Lakes Homecentre, one of the collection points


There was a street collection in Cockermouth on Friday 18th May which raised £270 which will help our needy children in West Cumbria - Thank you to all contributed.


Joan Ingrams, committee member ISSUE 426 | 23 JUNE 2018 | 10


school in Cockermouth. It was a performance of Sheridan’s The Rivals, undertaken by pupils aged eleven to thirteen. As it was predominantly a boys’ school, of the four female characters, only one, Lucy, was played by a girl. Lucy was the scheming maid of heiress Lydia Languish and they shared the opening scene, communicating more than they ever did in normal day to day life. The play was a watershed moment; one of the best things the children had ever done. Months after the play, the boy who was Lydia left the school and it was unlikely the two would ever meet again.


But technology moved on apace and thirty- three years later in 2001, the grown up Lucy found Lydia via the social networking site Friends Reunited. There began an exchange of emails and memories that was to be the inspiration for Meeting Lydia and three further works of fiction.


That girl was Linda MacDonald, former psychology teacher and now author. The boy was Robert Bewley, archaeologist, formerly with English Heritage and now leading the


EAMENA research group at Oxford University.


Linda says it was finding Robert on Friends Reunited in 2001 that gave her the idea for the novel. ‘This was the beginning of the social media explosion where people had a chance to find long lost friends and classmates,’ she explains.


‘We sent emails without thought of where they might lead and the potential consequences to existing


relationships. Newspapers were full of marriage break-ups that occurred as a direct result. I thought Meeting Lydia would be an opportunity to highlight the issues and pitfalls.’


Born and brought up in Cockermouth, Cumbria, Linda MacDonald has a degree in psychology and a PGCE in biology and science. She retired from teaching in 2012 to focus on writing. She currently lives in Beckenham.


Paperback ISBN: 9761789013160 Price: £8.99


Ebook ASIN: B07BNRW69T Price: £3.99


Audiobook ASIN: B01MXKO1BW £16.00 or 7.99 linda.mac1@btinternet.com


@LindaMac1 LindaMacDonaldAuthor THANK YOU FROM THE NSPCC


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