The entire process has been incredibly interesting and worthwhile, particularly as a fledgling map illustrator. It has been a way to become reacquainted with the Cumbrian geography and landscape. I also loved doing a close reading of the book which helped me to appreciate Cumbria for its cinematic qualities and history, and introduced me to a number of films that I otherwise wouldn’t have known about.
Eileen Pun was born in New York and now lives in the Lake District where she works as a poet and artist. Her poetry has been published in various anthologies, most recently, Ten: The New Wave, Bloodaxe Books (2014). She studied Politics and International Relations at Lancaster University and is a former literature intern at The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere. She has also worked in publishing at Carcanet Press, Manchester and The New World Press, Beijing. Her wonderful map drawings: ‘Withnail Map’ and ‘Ten of the Best’ from the new book: An A-Z of Cumbria & The Lake District on Film (Hayloft Publishing Ltd, October 2016) are her first published illustrations. Here, she talks in depth about her multi-faceted creative life and how she became involved in the A-Z project.