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A couple are on their honeymoon, travelling around Cumbria in a caravan… It goes like this: One person writes the opening chapter of a novel, with a limited prompt (in this case: a couple are on their honeymoon, travelling around Cumbria in a caravan). They then email this to the next person, who writes their […]

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‘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 […]

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‘Not About Heroes’ at Theatre by the Lake

Stephen MacDonald’s Not About Heroes is a play about poetry. It is also a play about pity. It is, of course, a play about war. But above all, it is a play about the strong friendship between two men: Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon. In the Theatre by the Lake’s current production, directed by Jez […]

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Boggles Abound in New Book

[Press Release]   THE Ballad of the Kirkgate Brow Boggle at Cockermouth and tales of boggles at Salterbeck, Whitehaven and the rest of the Lake District are detailed in a new book. Boggle is a dialect term for ghost, poltergiest or ‘anything odd’) and the 84-page Boggles of Cumbria recounts some of the most famous […]

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Felltarn Friends Children’s Book Event

Bookends (66 Main Street, Keswick) and Claire Jane Mansfield, one of the authors of the fantastic new children’s book, Felltarn Friends, are holding an event at The Theatre by the Lake, 15th April 2014 at 11am. Written by two local mums, Felltarn Friends is a new activity book based on things to see and do […]

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Cumbria Young Writers – the shortlist!

A huge congratulations to the shortlisted entrants of the Cumbrian Young Writers Award! We’re keeping our fingers crossed for all of them for this weekend, when the lucky winner will be announced at Words by the Water, Keswick. If you want to go along and cheer on these emerging writers, and to get a sense […]

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30th Annual Cumbrian Literary Awards: Open For Entries!

Authors and publishers are needed to enter new books into Cumbria’s leading literary awards. The Lakeland Book of the Year Charity Luncheon and Awards Ceremony takes place every summer and is now in its 30th year. These awards are unique and are recognised as being the most prestigious literary prizes outside of London. In conjunction with […]

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Young Writers Residential at the Wordsworth Trust

On the 11th – 14th of April the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere is running the Dorothy Wordsworth Festival which is a series of workshops and events celebrating women’s poetry. This year they are offering three young Cumbrians aged 14-18 the opportunity to join them for a residential over the weekend to attend sessions and produce […]

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Words by the Water: Free Tickets for Young People

Words by the Water Festival of Words and Ideas 7th- 16th March 2014   Theatre by the Lake, Keswick Words by the Water Festival offers free tickets for young people aged between 17-25    After continued success in 2013, Words by the Water festival will again be offering free-tickets to young people aged 17 to […]

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Free Reads

We’ve been allocated a number of Free Reads by The Literary Consultancy! If you write prose, poetry, short stories or scripts, and you’re on a low income, you could be given a free professional critique of your manuscript. Please see submission rules at the bottom of the page. We will then choose the manuscripts we […]

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New opportunity from New Writing Cumbria – with a caravan in tow…

A couple are on their honeymoon, travelling around Cumbria in a caravan… …while they go off in search of…whatever it is they are after….WE are looking for people with the talent and imagination to…. Write a chapter! It goes like this: One person writes the opening chapter of a novel, with a limited prompt (in […]

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Popshot Magazine: ‘Journeys’ submissions

Popshot is now open for literary submissions for its eleventh issue. They’re looking for original, thought-provoking writing that will address the theme, and capture the imagination of their readers. * The theme is ‘Journeys’. * Poems must be no more than 25 lines. * Short fiction must be no more than 3,000 words. * Send […]

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‘Norman Nicholson: The Whispering Poet’ by Kathleen Jones

Kathleen Jones has written a new biography of Norman Nicholson: The Whispering Poet, which has just been published to celebrate his up-coming centenary in 2014. The book contains much new information from archives and from family and friends. It’s now available through all good bookshops and on Amazon as well as a Kindle e-book!   […]

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