Word Mess: monthly open mic night

Word Mess open mic night

Word Mess is Penrith’s monthly wordy open mic night.

Words out loud – that’s the brief for performers. Spoken word, short readings, poetry and more from Cumbrian writers and occasional guests in this new, monthly event – on the fourth Tuesday of every month. An intimate event, upstairs in the Old Fire Station’s Mess Hall.

Penrith Old Fire Station, 4th Tuesday of the month.

2016 dates:

  • Tuesday 24th May
  • Tuesday 28th June
  • Tuesday 26th July
  • August: NO WORD MESS (break for summer)
  • Tuesday 27th September
  • Tuesday 25th October
  • Tuesday 22nd November
  • December: NO WORD MESS (break for Christmas)

Doors open at 7pm

Ticket prices: £3 admission/£2 performers (pay on door)

Click HERE to reserve your ticket or call . Pay on the door – cash only please.

 

Free manuscript reads from The Literary Consultancy

It’s that time again, when we’re offering Cumbrian writers the opportunity of a free critical read from The Literary Consultancy.

‘It has given me the confidence to send my work off again’
– previous recipient of a TLC Free Read

The Literary Consultancy free reads schemeDeadline: Monday 11th January 2016

What are TLC Free Reads?

The Literary Consultancy is an editorial consultancy service. They will look at your manuscript, and provide professional, in-depth editorial advice and assessment.

Through the Free Reads scheme (funded by Arts Council England, and run in conjunction with a number of regional partners, including ourselves), the Literary Consultancy offers access to their paid service, on a bursary basis. Free Reads are processed in exactly the same way as a paid-for client’s work would be processed, and they receive a manuscript assessment.

Not sure what to expect from a manuscript assessment? See here: Manuscript Assessment.

TLC has helped a number of writers on to publication, but its main aim is to support writers in developing their work. TLC hand-matches each incoming manuscript to a suitable reader from its list of 80+ professional editors, and writers can expect to receive feedback in the form of a written critique, sent within 4-6 weeks of the application being processed.

The Free Read scheme particularly welcomes applications from writers belonging to groups currently under-represented in publishing including women writers, disabled writers, BAME writers, and members of the LGBQT community.

Criteria and Eligibility:

The Free Read scheme is for low income, high-quality writers. Please ensure that you include proof of income with your submission. Acceptable documents include: Job Seekers Allowance; Disability benefit; Income Support; Working tax credit; Student; Over 60.

The Free Read scheme particularly welcomes applications from writers belonging to groups currently under-represented in publishing including women writers, disabled writers, BAME writers, and members of the LGBQT community.

We’re looking for people for whom a Free Read would have a big impact. So if you’re unpublished and thinking about submitting your first manuscript to agents / editors, then this would be perfect for you.

If you’ve published lots of books already, and have a trophy cabinet brimming with awards, then maybe this isn’t the best service for you at that advanced stage. However, if you’ve published lots as, say, a poet, and you’re now writing your first novel, then you are absolutely eligible for a read, as this is a new form you are experimenting with, and developmental feedback is likely to be beneficial as you move between disciplines.

What types of writing can I send?

The scheme is open to writers across all forms and genres. The majority of submissions tend to be fiction, but please don’t forget that we also accept poetry, short stories, scripts and screenplays and radio plays.

There is no upper limit on word count, but please only submit one manuscript, e.g. one collection of short stories or poems, or one novel.

There is no lower limit on word count either, but we are unlikely to award Free Reads to very small fractions of manuscripts. E.g. if you submit a 1500 word extract of a novel, your submission is unlikely to be successful.

 

Ok, got it. How do I apply?

You need to send your entry to New Writing Cumbria by Monday 11th January 2016.

Please only send postal entries. Our address is:
New Writing Cumbria, Eden Arts, The Old Fire Station, Bridge Lane, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 8HY

Your envelope should contain:

  • Two copies of your manuscript
  • Two copies of your proof of low income
  • Two copies of your completed application form (see below)
  • If you want TLC to return your manuscript, please also enclose an SAE (please make sure there are enough stamps to cover the weight / size of the manuscript)

You can download an application form here: ACE-freereads-form-2015
NB: for ‘Name of Regional Writing Partner’, please write, ‘New Writing Cumbria’

Anything else?

Before you submit your application, please read these final details from The Literary Consultancy, to make doubly sure you are eligible for an award and that you have formatted your submission correctly:

Submission rules and guidelines:

  • Free Reads are granted to low income high quality writers.
  • Applicants must be over 16.
  • The applicant should not be part of a creative writing programme or longer writing course at the time of submission.
  • We accept only writing in English.
  • We accept only single authored work.
  • TLC can refuse any material which is deemed unlikely to benefit from the critical reading service or if a reader finds that a submission has been previously published or if we cannot find a suitable editor for your work. If your work is not accepted, it will be returned within 30 days if there is an SAE provided.
  • Applicants cannot work for the regional writing organisation.
  • Applicants can only apply once every two years.
  • The ACE Free Reads Scheme is free but all MSS return requests require a SAE, otherwise manuscripts will be destroyed.
  • For poetry – clients must include a total word count for each poem at the bottom of each poem, and include total word count of all the poems added together on the cover letter. Poems should be formatted in their intended publication format.
  • For short stories – please include the total word count of each short story separately if necessary on the cover letter.
  • For all fiction and non-fiction entries – please include a 1-2 page synopsis or basic outline of your ideas and a description of your intended audience/ market. Please also indicate what genre you are writing in.
  • All extracts should be consecutive and numbered. Starting from page one, and NOT comprised of several extracts. These will not be accepted.
  • Formatting for short stories and all fiction and non-fiction submissions – Double spaced and in a 12 point standard font.
  • Once TLC has received and processed your manuscript, you will receive a confirmation email along with a due date for your report. Please do not contact the TLC office about your report before the due date.
  • Please note that the assessment report will be sent within 6-8 weeks although this is not a formal guarantee.
  • Please note that all material, both the information about the writer and the submission, is kept confidential.
  • Please complete the evaluation survey which TLC will send per email when you receive your report after 6-8 weeks. We ask that writers take some time to properly consider the assessment before going ahead with the evaluation.

Callout for The Carrot Issue #3: Masked

Winter Droving

Secrets. Hidden identity. The cloak of disguise. The theme of Issue #3 of The Carrot is: MASKED

From a child’s birthday party at a fast-food restaurant, to the opulent elegance of the Venice Carnival, masks are everywhere. They range from comical to stylish to functional to sinister. They can provide protection or anonymous freedom. Are you fascinated by what lies behind the costume, or is it the disguise itself that catches your interest? How else can someone mask their true feelings? Where is the line between deceit and masquerade?

Whether it’s a mystery guest at a masked ball, a vigilante superhero leading a double life, or even an ode to masking tape, we’re looking for your writing and artwork that explores the hidden and concealed.

We’ll be launching Issue #3 at the Winter Droving in Penrith, on Saturday 14th November – the perfect setting, as hundreds of masked people process through the town carrying torches and giant lanterns. (Oh, and talking of secrets, here’s one: there may be real carrots involved! But hush hush for now…)

When’s the deadline? Wednesday 28th October 2015.

Who can submit? Anyone from or living in Cumbria.

What can I submit? We’re looking for writing, but we’d also love to see more of other types of artwork: poetry, prose, crosswords, reviews, scripts, memoir, journalism, photos, pictures, video, music, animation… The list goes on. The only rule? It has to fit in some way with the theme.

How do I submit my work? Email your work to katie@edenarts.co.uk, with the subject line ‘The Carrot issue 3′. Make sure you include a short writer’s bio (approx. 50 words).

How long should my work be? How long is a piece of string? How big is your idea? This is entirely up to you, but bear in mind that this is a magazine featuring a number of pieces of work, so we’re unlikely to include your whole novel.

Anything else I should know? For writing, we favour work that’s accompanied by an image, whether this is an illustration, artwork that sheds some light on your piece, or just a (quality) photo of you. This isn’t a prerequisite, and we won’t disregard any piece because it doesn’t have an image – it just makes the magazine look more visually exciting. But please make sure you own the copyright to your image, or have permission to .

Where can I find out more about The Carrot? Right here. Learn about the project and get a feel for the magazine by perusing Issue #1: Cumbria-Land, or Issue #2: Killing

 

Liz Lochhead: Somethings Old, Somethings New

FRIDAY 5TH JUNE 2015: 7:30PM (DOORS AT 7PM)

Tickets: ten quid on the door. RESERVE YOUR TICKETS HERE

Poet Liz Lochhead at Penrith Old Fire Station, Cumbria

From the bittersweet to the rude and raunchy, Scotland’s Makar, Liz Lochhead, weaves a spellbinding and beguiling show, mixing poems, monologues and music. Accompanied by the soulful sax of Steve Kettley she presents an intoxicating mix of some of her best work over the past 45 years.

“brilliant, raucous and scabrously funny” Sunday Times

“‘an inspirational force in British Poetry… funny, feisty, full of feeling, a fantastic performer.” Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate.

“funny, frank and frisky” Scotsman

These events are relaxed and informal. Join us for some friendly company and great music.

Gallery: Jacob Sam-La Rose / Northern Sky – a benefit for Nepal

On 16th May, we held a benefit gig for Nepal at Penrith Old Fire Station: featuring poet Jacob Sam-La Rose & duo (trio!) Northern Sky.

Here are a few photos from the event.

You can also reserve tickets to our next events on Eventbrite:
Katus & Yankuba Conteh / Virtuoso West African Kora player and Griot singer
Liz Lochhead / Somethings Old Somethings New

Coming Soon: Jacob Sam-La Rose / Northern Sky: benefit for Nepal

Poetry from Jacob Sam-La Rose and music from Northern Sky at Penrith Old Fire Station. Event by Eden Arts and New Writing Cumbria.

SATURDAY 16TH MAY 2015: 7:30PM (DOORS AT 7PM)

It’s a ‘pay what you want’ event, so you pay what you think it was worth at the end of the night. This event is also a benefit to support the work of the LED and Junipert Trust Charities who have collected a fantastic 7 tonnes of tents and sleeping bags for Nepal in Penrith Old Fire Station.  All money raised will go towards the releif effort.

A night of poetry, music – and a quiz! Featuring poet Jacob Sam-La Rose, musicians Northern Sky, and (as always) a chance to win the famed Map of Shap.

Jacob Sam-La Rose’s poetry has been characterised as vivid, masterly and carefully structured. He’s widely recognised as an indefatigable facilitator, mentor and supporter of young and emerging poets, and as an advocate for the positive impact of new technology on literary and artistic practice and collaboration. He lives in London.

Northern Sky are Abby Colombi (vocals) and John Osborne (guitar & vocals). Once upon a time, they formed a little covers band in order to play a gig to raise money for charity.  As it turns out, they were rather good and have continued ever since!

They play a mixture of our own work (listen & watch here, if you fancy) plus unlikely choices of great songs by Kate Bush, Everything But The Girl, Gnarls Barkley, New Order, PJ Harvey… the list goes on!

The quiz will be cheesy – in the best possible sense.

The events are relaxed and informal and tickets are ‘sold’ on a pay what you wish (on the night) basis.

Brainsex: a night in pictures

Brainsex, electric shocks and a live rat: pictures from the latest New Writing Cumbria and Eden Arts event at Penrith Old Fire Station (funded by Arts Council England):

 

Event snaps: ‘366 Days of Kindness’

A few snaps from Event No. 4 at Penrith Old Fire Station: music from Elaine Davidson, 366 Days of Kindness, and of course a quiz, with the grand prize of a Map of Shap:

 

Poetry by the Lake

We’ve partnered up with Theatre by the Lake to offer an opportunity for Cumbrian poets to have their work performed at the theatre in October.

Words by the Water

To tie in with the Theatre by the Lake’s upcoming production of The Lady of the Lake, a new play by Benjamin Askew, we’re inviting you to create poetry about specific Cumbrian places (see below), which feature in the play.

Selected poems will be performed by actors from Theatre by the Lake’s summer season, at a special event at the theatre on Saturday 10th October.

We will also publish our favourites in The Carrot: New Writing Cumbria’s digital magazine.

We are looking for poems by Cumbrian writers of any experience. Poems should be no longer than 40 lines, and you can submit as many poems as you like, for as many of the locations. There is no restriction on style of poetry, but please be aware that we will favour work that takes an original view of the Cumbrian landscape.

The locations are:

  • Blencathra (from Castlerigg)
  • Blencathra (from Walla Crag)
  • Bowder Stone
  • Carlisle Castle
  • Castlerigg Stone Circle
  • Derwent Water
  • Fairy Glen, Borrowdale
  • Jaws of Borrowdale
  • Lodore Falls
  • Castle Cragg
  • Honister

Please email your poems to: katie@edenarts.co.uk by Saturday 6th June 2015. Please include a short writer’s bio (approx. 50 words).

Callout: The Carrot Issue #2

The Carrot online literary magazine

Kill the mood. Kill the moment. Kill your darlings. The theme of Issue #2 of The Carrot is: killing.

Whether that’s an exploration of the Death of the Author, or a good old-fashioned who-dunnit, we want your words, and other things, for The Carrot: New Writing Cumbria’s digital magazine of new writing.

Who can submit? Anyone from or living in Cumbria.

What can I submit? We’re looking for writing, as well as for other types of artwork: poetry, prose, crosswords, reviews, scripts, memoir, journalism, photos, pictures, video, music, animation… The list goes on. The only rule? It has to fit in some way with the theme.

When’s the deadline? Thursday 30th April 2015.

How do I submit my work? Email your work to katie@edenarts.co.uk, with the subject line ‘The Carrot issue 2’. Make sure you include a short writer’s bio (approx. 50 words).

How long should my work be? This is entirely up to you, but bear in mind that this is a magazine featuring a number of pieces of work, so we’re unlikely to include your whole novel.

Anything else I should know? We favour work that’s accompanied by an image, whether this is an illustration, artwork that sheds some light on your piece, or just a (quality) photo of you. This isn’t a prerequisite, and we won’t disregard any piece because it doesn’t have an image – it just makes the magazine look more visually exciting.

Where can I find out more about The Carrot? Right here. Learn about the project and get a feel for the magazine by perusing Issue #1: Cumbria-Land.