Pam in Lakes

My name is Pamela Butler. I live in rural Derbyshire in a chapel in a continuous process of conversion. I’m retired now, but I spent my working life in book publishing, journalism and PR before moving over to community arts development.

I love the outdoors and cycling, especially long camping tours by bike, writing, reading, and life in Derbyshire.

Since I no longer work or climb mountains, I’m writing – and this blog is a collection of current and some past work.

I’ve had a range of stuff published over the years. I stumbled into a job as Stitchery (Embroidery) Editor on Golden Hands Monthly back in the 70s and that sparked off another great love, for textile crafts of all kinds. Currently I’m most in love with Fair Isle knitting, recent projects are on my Ravelry page.

I did one of the first ever media studies courses back in the 70s at Birmingham Polytechnicand worked as an editor in publishing for 30 years in London and Derbyshire – on over 70 different titles. I got involved in community projects in my own village, the groundbreaking Bonsall Map, and moved sideways into community arts development.