Richmond author and photographer to give talk at Dales book festival

Ella Pontefract and Marie Hartley in the Dales in the late 1930s.

A Richmond author and photographer will be talking about the writers who inspired him at the Sedbergh Book Festival.

Ian Short, a member of the Richmond Station photography group, will be giving a presentation called Three Ladies and the Dales.

The ladies in question, Elle Pontefract, Marie Hartley and Joan Ingilby, were pioneering authors whose work, called Swaledale, captured the social conditions and cultural heritage of the Dales in the 1930s.

It was their work that inspired Ian to produce his own sell-out book, Seasons on the Hill Farm, a photographic collection capturing the lives of upland sheep farmers.

Ian said: “The women travelled up and down the dale in the early 1930s when tourism was not as busy an industry as today. I was fascinated by their intrepidity, tramping over wild moorland and fells. They were a remarkable team.”

Ian, who has a background in teaching and a geographer, will be giving his illustrated talk at St Andrew’s Church, Main Street, Sedbergh, at 2.30pm on June 21. Tickets, priced at £5, are available from the Tourist Information Centre, Sedbergh, 015396 20125 or

They will also be available on the door.

Ian’s work can be seen at