Borderlines Book Festival: Carlisle

The programme for Carlisle’s Borderlines Book Festival is now complete! You can view it here: Borderlines Programme The festival, at the beginning of September, features 32 events across four venues over three days, with a mixture of national and local writers, talks, panels and writing workshops. Headline appearances announced today include Carlisle-born writer and broadcaster […]

Flashtag Manchester Short Story Slam

“A real literary treat” – Didsbury Life After the success of the Northern Quarter’s first-ever Short Short Story Slam in April, writing collective Flashtag Manchester are bringing their flash fiction fight back to the bright lights of the city centre for a second bout. The next slam takes place on Tuesday 8 July, 7.30pm, at […]

Borderlines: Carlisle’s Book Festival

  Borderlines – Carlisle’s book festival, (in association with Cumbria Life), will be staged at a number of venues across the city, including the Crown & Mitre Hotel, Carlisle Library, Carlisle Cathedral and Tullie House, from Friday 5 September to Sunday 7 September, and promises to offer something for everyone. For book-lovers, the festival will […]

Writing Root And Claw

Writing Root And Claw:  A Weekend Workshop with Susan Richardson & Em Strang 17-19 October 2014, Haybergill Centre, Cumbria Come along to a stimulating weekend of writing and discussion around ecological themes. What does it mean to write nature poetry in the 21st century? How do we express wildness? Is it possible to speak for […]

Review: Seeing The Lights, Theatre by the Lake

It isn’t often that a play can make you laugh and cry simultaneously. Alan Bennett manages it. So does Brendan Murray. At first, Seeing The Lights is a seemingly light and casual play about family disputes. At its heart, however, it is emotional and highly charged. As an ill (and possibly dying) old woman prepares […]

‘Dracula’ at Theatre by the Lake

In anything written by the Scots Makar (think ‘Scottish poet laureate’), you expect a witty and surprising use of language – and Liz Lochhead’s adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula does not disappoint. The script was full of humour and dramatic irony, which Mary Papadima’s production brought out in full, and brought a thoroughly modern feel […]

‘The Winterling’ at Theatre by the Lake

A stormy night in a candlelit house in the middle of nowhere; it sounds like the setting for a gothic horror novel. But Jez Butterworth’s The Winterling is firmly grounded in reality – even if it is a warped and troublesome reality. The Winterling is a homage to Harold Pinter: throughout the play, the characters […]

‘Rookery Nook’ at Theatre by the Lake

[review] A house in the country. A pretty but distressed girl running from her angry German stepfather. A rumour-mongering woman with a downtrodden husband. A vicious cat, and two slightly hapless cousins waiting for something interesting to happen. Let chaos ensue… From the moment we saw the stage, Martin Johns’ set created the tone for […]

‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ at Theatre by the Lake

Review:   How do you pronounce the title?  This seemed to be the most common conversation in Theatre by the Lake’s foyer on Friday night. Fortunately, the mystery was cleared up within the first five minutes of the play (it’s ‘loo-na-sa’, if you’re wondering), and we could get on with enjoying the performance. And we […]