Calendar

As you may have noticed, we recently had a website crash, resulting in the total loss of all information. Please bear with us as we get things back to normal. We will do our best to add all previously submitted events to the new calendar (though please be aware this may not be instant). However, if you do not see an event listed here, please do get in touch, as it may be that it has slipped through the net.

Oct
2
Thu
An Invitation to Dublin @ Old Stock Tea Room
Oct 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

I’m writing to invite you to an assisted reading of James Joyce’s Ulysses led by me, Mike Smith.

Rather than try to read the whole of this long novel – 933 pages in my favourite 1960s Bodley Head edition – over what would become a very extended series of session, I am going to suggest tackling it in 8 weekly sessions (on Thursday evenings, 7.00pm-9.30pm from 16th October to 4th December inclusive).

There are 18 ‘chapters’ to the novel, but I’m not simply suggesting we would tackle two a night (with two left over), but rather that we would read on from particular starting points in the book, to take in iconic events, and then continue to the next starting point on our own during the intervening week.

I’ve selected the events carefully, to cover the major turning points in Dublin/Leopold Bloom’s day, and to give a good flavour of the city, the characters, and the events. We’d start with the Telemachus and Stephen Daedalus, working our way through over the following weeks, squatting in Calypso’s grotto with Leopold Bloom, following him to work at the press office, to play on the beach, to the pubs of Dublin, and the bizarre fantasies of Nighttown, and then to the kitchen at Number 7 Eccles Street. Finally we’ll end up in bed with Molly Bloom (as Blazes Boylan did, among others).

Each two hour session will be made up of a mix of reading and discussion, and my intention is that we’ll soon become familiar with Joyce’s means and methods of writing, at least to the extent that we can enjoy the novel for what it fundamentally is, a comic story, and that the reading ‘in-between’ the sessions will become progressively easier, the writing more accessible.

Nobody gets to the bottom of Ulysses, but there are several other bottoms in it that everybody can get closer to!

I’m offering to host this event, in the Old Stock Room at Todd Close, select the texts and facilitate the discussions, and lay on simple refreshments. I’d make a charge of £40. The offer is by invitation only, rather than being open to ‘the public’, but anyone you would like to invite also, would be most welcome.

If this takes your interest and you’d like to sign up, please let me know within the next couple of weeks. Places will be limited and also, I’d have an amount of preparatory work to put in, so would like to be sure of a viable group before plunging into that.

Mike Smith August 11th 2014

Oct
4
Sat
Unfortunate Event #1 @ The Old Fire Station
Oct 4 @ 7:30 pm
Kareem Parkins-Brown (photo by Mark Allan)

Kareem Parkins-Brown (photo by Mark Allan)

That’s right: poetry, music, fiction, and a little bit of film. Oh, and did we mention the bar?

When? Saturday 4th October, 7:30pm (doors open at 7pm)

Where? Penrith Old Fire Station
Bridge Lane, Penrith, CA11 8HY

What?
Poetry from Kareem Parkins Brown (We paid for him to come up from London!)
Fiction from Stephen Redman (We paid for him to come from Carlisle)
Film from Richie Johnston (He’s coming on his skateboard from round the corner…)
Live music, open mic and a bar

How much? Pay to get out.
(It’s pay what you like as you leave – so you give us whatever you think the event was worth.)

This is the official launch night of Rabbit Rabbit (rabbit): our new young writer development programme, funded by Arts Council England and managed by Eden Arts. Come along to find out what it’s all about, to read out some of your own writing, or just to sit back with a drink and soak up some great performances.

Open mic:

Got some writing you’d like to share? Prose? Poetry? Anything else? Bring it along.

You’ll be able to sign up to read or perform on the night. Each person will get a maximum of 3 minutes to showcase their stuff.

If you’re a musician and would like to play as part of the open mic, there will be a mic for vocals, but the rest of the music has to be accoustic. Just one song, and we don’t want your set-up to be longer than your performance – so no wheeling in your grand piano, please. (Drop us an email if you’ve got any questions.)

Oct
5
Sun
Woodsmoke in the Air: Poems for an Autumn Afternoon @ Caldbeck Methodist Church
Oct 5 @ 1:30 pm

Mary Robinson and Helen Fletcher

Sunday 5 October 1.30pm at Caldbeck Methodist Church

Part of the Caldbeck Festival

Mary Robinson’s collection The Art of Gardening was published by Flambard in 2010 and her pamphlet Uist Waulking Song by Westward Books in 2012.  She is working on a poetry/photography collaboration to be exhibited in March 2015.

Helen Fletcher read English at Trinity College, Cambridge and her poetry has been published in several magazines.  She is working on her first collection.

Further information LMERobinson@gmail.com  Tickets at the door £5 (including light refreshments)

Oct
7
Tue
Winter Writing Retreat @ Brantwood
Oct 7 – Oct 9 all-day

Brantwood

Winter Writing Retreat, Friday 7th – Sunday 9th November, Brantwood, Coniston, home of John Ruskin with Geraldine Green and guest poet Pippa Little

Cost: £225 per person per course, includes refreshments, lunch on Saturday & Sunday, dinner on Friday & Saturday. Residential or non-residential options available. More info here:

http://geraldinegreensaltroad.blogspot.co.uk

 

Accommodation: £50 per person per night, single occupancy

£35 per person per night, shared occupancy

Booking is through Brantwood Coniston

Pre-booking is essential. Tel: 015394 41396

Email: enquiries@brantwood.org.uk

http://www.brantwood.org.uk/

Oct
9
Thu
An Invitation to Dublin @ Old Stock Tea Room
Oct 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

I’m writing to invite you to an assisted reading of James Joyce’s Ulysses led by me, Mike Smith.

Rather than try to read the whole of this long novel – 933 pages in my favourite 1960s Bodley Head edition – over what would become a very extended series of session, I am going to suggest tackling it in 8 weekly sessions (on Thursday evenings, 7.00pm-9.30pm from 16th October to 4th December inclusive).

There are 18 ‘chapters’ to the novel, but I’m not simply suggesting we would tackle two a night (with two left over), but rather that we would read on from particular starting points in the book, to take in iconic events, and then continue to the next starting point on our own during the intervening week.

I’ve selected the events carefully, to cover the major turning points in Dublin/Leopold Bloom’s day, and to give a good flavour of the city, the characters, and the events. We’d start with the Telemachus and Stephen Daedalus, working our way through over the following weeks, squatting in Calypso’s grotto with Leopold Bloom, following him to work at the press office, to play on the beach, to the pubs of Dublin, and the bizarre fantasies of Nighttown, and then to the kitchen at Number 7 Eccles Street. Finally we’ll end up in bed with Molly Bloom (as Blazes Boylan did, among others).

Each two hour session will be made up of a mix of reading and discussion, and my intention is that we’ll soon become familiar with Joyce’s means and methods of writing, at least to the extent that we can enjoy the novel for what it fundamentally is, a comic story, and that the reading ‘in-between’ the sessions will become progressively easier, the writing more accessible.

Nobody gets to the bottom of Ulysses, but there are several other bottoms in it that everybody can get closer to!

I’m offering to host this event, in the Old Stock Room at Todd Close, select the texts and facilitate the discussions, and lay on simple refreshments. I’d make a charge of £40. The offer is by invitation only, rather than being open to ‘the public’, but anyone you would like to invite also, would be most welcome.

If this takes your interest and you’d like to sign up, please let me know within the next couple of weeks. Places will be limited and also, I’d have an amount of preparatory work to put in, so would like to be sure of a viable group before plunging into that.

Mike Smith August 11th 2014

Oct
10
Fri
Dove Cottage Young Poets @ Abbot Hall Art Gallery
Oct 10 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Oct
16
Thu
An Invitation to Dublin @ Old Stock Tea Room
Oct 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

I’m writing to invite you to an assisted reading of James Joyce’s Ulysses led by me, Mike Smith.

Rather than try to read the whole of this long novel – 933 pages in my favourite 1960s Bodley Head edition – over what would become a very extended series of session, I am going to suggest tackling it in 8 weekly sessions (on Thursday evenings, 7.00pm-9.30pm from 16th October to 4th December inclusive).

There are 18 ‘chapters’ to the novel, but I’m not simply suggesting we would tackle two a night (with two left over), but rather that we would read on from particular starting points in the book, to take in iconic events, and then continue to the next starting point on our own during the intervening week.

I’ve selected the events carefully, to cover the major turning points in Dublin/Leopold Bloom’s day, and to give a good flavour of the city, the characters, and the events. We’d start with the Telemachus and Stephen Daedalus, working our way through over the following weeks, squatting in Calypso’s grotto with Leopold Bloom, following him to work at the press office, to play on the beach, to the pubs of Dublin, and the bizarre fantasies of Nighttown, and then to the kitchen at Number 7 Eccles Street. Finally we’ll end up in bed with Molly Bloom (as Blazes Boylan did, among others).

Each two hour session will be made up of a mix of reading and discussion, and my intention is that we’ll soon become familiar with Joyce’s means and methods of writing, at least to the extent that we can enjoy the novel for what it fundamentally is, a comic story, and that the reading ‘in-between’ the sessions will become progressively easier, the writing more accessible.

Nobody gets to the bottom of Ulysses, but there are several other bottoms in it that everybody can get closer to!

I’m offering to host this event, in the Old Stock Room at Todd Close, select the texts and facilitate the discussions, and lay on simple refreshments. I’d make a charge of £40. The offer is by invitation only, rather than being open to ‘the public’, but anyone you would like to invite also, would be most welcome.

If this takes your interest and you’d like to sign up, please let me know within the next couple of weeks. Places will be limited and also, I’d have an amount of preparatory work to put in, so would like to be sure of a viable group before plunging into that.

Mike Smith August 11th 2014

Oct
17
Fri
Writing Root and Claw @ Haybergill Centre
Oct 17 – Oct 19 all-day

A Weekend Workshop with Susan Richardson & Em Strang

October 17-19 2014, Haybergill Centre, Cumbria

Exif_JPEG_PICTURE

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 nonhuman species? There’ll be an emphasis on writing and exploring poetry, but prose writers are also very welcome.

You’ll have the opportunity to share your work, engage in writing exercises both indoors and out in the inspirational landscape surrounding Haybergill Centre (http://www.haybergill.co.uk/), enjoy delicious food, autumn walks, evening bonfires and even a sauna! There’ll be space timetabled into the weekend for plenty of focused periods of writing, plus helpful feedback and editing sessions in a supportive group setting. All levels of experience welcome.

Susan is a Wales-based poet whose most recent collection, Where the Air is Rarefied (Cinnamon Press) is a collaboration with printmaker Pat Gregory on ecological and mythological themes relating to the Far North. Her third collection, Skindancing, will be published in 2015. Susan has more than sixteen years’ experience of running poetry workshops for universities, conservation organisations and environmental groups, both indoors and outside in wilder landscapes. For further information, please visit: www.susanrichardsonwriter.co.uk

Em completed a PhD in Creative Writing (ecological poetry) in December 2013 and is now seeking a publisher for a first collection of poems, Habitude. She has recently been awarded a New Writer Scotland Award 2014 and teaches Creative Writing in Dumfries prison. She is currently also tutoring on the Mlitt in Environment, Culture & Communication at the University of Glasgow (Dumfries). For further information, please visit: http://emstrang.wordpress.com/ Cost for the weekend includes 2 nights’ full-board: £335. Accommodation is in twin or single rooms (single room supplement applies and these rooms will be allocated on a first come, first served basis). All meals are vegetarian and special diets can be catered for. For bookings and further details contact: emmastrang@hotmail.com or susan@  susanrichardsonwriter.co.uk

Oct
18
Sat
Introduction to Nature Writing @ The Studio
Oct 18 all-day
Introduction to Nature Writing @ The Studio | Kendal | United Kingdom

Nature Writing

Held in the delightful setting of Ford Park’s Garden Room within the walled garden, this is a one day course giving insights and explorations of nature writing. Karen has been studying on the M.Litt at Stirling University over the past year with the renowned writer Kathleen Jamie. She is currently working on a book about Morecambe Bay and has been commissioned to write for Scottish Island Explorer magazine. We will be looking at the work of other writers as context and going out into the environment to begin making personal responses. These will be shared and discussed within the group, and notes will be given for taking your work forward. It is not expected to have a finished piece on the day but to have developed insights to take your writing forward. A follow up day will be held in the autumn.

Come back two weeks later to see how your work is progressing and to look at further examples of top nature writing.

Oct
23
Thu
An Invitation to Dublin @ Old Stock Tea Room
Oct 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

I’m writing to invite you to an assisted reading of James Joyce’s Ulysses led by me, Mike Smith.

Rather than try to read the whole of this long novel – 933 pages in my favourite 1960s Bodley Head edition – over what would become a very extended series of session, I am going to suggest tackling it in 8 weekly sessions (on Thursday evenings, 7.00pm-9.30pm from 16th October to 4th December inclusive).

There are 18 ‘chapters’ to the novel, but I’m not simply suggesting we would tackle two a night (with two left over), but rather that we would read on from particular starting points in the book, to take in iconic events, and then continue to the next starting point on our own during the intervening week.

I’ve selected the events carefully, to cover the major turning points in Dublin/Leopold Bloom’s day, and to give a good flavour of the city, the characters, and the events. We’d start with the Telemachus and Stephen Daedalus, working our way through over the following weeks, squatting in Calypso’s grotto with Leopold Bloom, following him to work at the press office, to play on the beach, to the pubs of Dublin, and the bizarre fantasies of Nighttown, and then to the kitchen at Number 7 Eccles Street. Finally we’ll end up in bed with Molly Bloom (as Blazes Boylan did, among others).

Each two hour session will be made up of a mix of reading and discussion, and my intention is that we’ll soon become familiar with Joyce’s means and methods of writing, at least to the extent that we can enjoy the novel for what it fundamentally is, a comic story, and that the reading ‘in-between’ the sessions will become progressively easier, the writing more accessible.

Nobody gets to the bottom of Ulysses, but there are several other bottoms in it that everybody can get closer to!

I’m offering to host this event, in the Old Stock Room at Todd Close, select the texts and facilitate the discussions, and lay on simple refreshments. I’d make a charge of £40. The offer is by invitation only, rather than being open to ‘the public’, but anyone you would like to invite also, would be most welcome.

If this takes your interest and you’d like to sign up, please let me know within the next couple of weeks. Places will be limited and also, I’d have an amount of preparatory work to put in, so would like to be sure of a viable group before plunging into that.

Mike Smith August 11th 2014