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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘Swallows and Amazons’ at Theatre by the Lake

Adapting a well-loved childhood classic is always a risk, but in the case of Theatre by the Lake’s Christmas production of Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons, the risk pays off. Helen Edmundson’s script, directed by Stefan Escreet, brings the novel to life for a new generation, while not losing the magical and nostalgic feel of the […]

Cumbria Young Writers Awards 2014

Anne Pierson CUMBRIA YOUNG WRITERS AWARDS 2014   Words by the Water Literature Festival Theatre by the Lake, Keswick Saturday 8 March 2014  11.00 a.m. Introduction CYW Patron Melvyn Bragg Guest Speaker Blake Morrison award-winning author and Professor of Creative Writing Goldsmiths, University of London   Theme ‘Time’   Closing date for entries Sunday 12 […]

April Poets (in November)

April Poets poetry with a touch of class and a dash of music   Thursday 21st November, 7.30 pm The Storey Auditorium Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1TH   Jim Turner prize-winning poet of remote and beautiful places Jean Harrison whose poems are episodes of acute attention to fragments of experience Kim Moore bridging the […]

Maryport LitFest: November 8th-10th

The sixth Maryport LitFest ‘ Neptune and his Realm’ is happening on 8th- 10th November at Senhouse Roman Museum, Maryport. Melvyn Bragg is kicking the weekend off on the Friday night, followed by a host of other authors and poets, plus two writing workshops. You can see the full programme here: Maryport LitFest 2013 programme […]