Swallowdale will be the fifth marathon reading of Arthur Ransome’s novels staged in the English Lake District. We began in 2017 with Swallows and Amazons on the lake shore at Coniston, and have since brought you Pigeon Post, The Picts and the Martyrs (online during lockdown), and in January 2022 we read Winter Holiday at the Windermere Jetty Museum. Swallowdale follows on from the great adventure of Swallows and Amazons and finds the brave crew of the Swallow, plus one parrot, beginning another summer of adventures on Wild Cat Island. But what has become of the Amazon Pirates, and what if you turn out to be a duffer after all?

Please join us at the Windermere Jetty Museum on June 24th and 25th, to read this wonderful tale of shipwreck, mountaineering, and the trouble with Great Aunts.

For more information on how to sign up please go here: Swallowdale.


4 thoughts on “Swallowdale

  1. Doug Smith

    Hi Chris, Jan and I have decided to come up on Friday now instead of Saturday. I have signed up and though I’ve selected three they were very much at random and I’m happy to do any of the chapters, even an early one on the Saturday! Best wishes, Doug


    1. Chris Routledge Post author

      Hi Doug, that’s really helpful of you. I’m not sure how long it will take to start allocating chapters (a busy few weeks ahead), but we’ll be in touch in good time. Looking forward to it!


  2. Chris Routledge Post author

    Hi Lindsay, thanks for the comment. We’re working on it, and will be in touch soon. Life has been a bit full recently so it’s been more difficult than anticipated. Thanks for your patience.



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