Cumbria Young Writers the shortlist!

A huge congratulations to the shortlisted entrants of the Cumbrian Young Writers Award! Were 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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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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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 Lakes Christmas production of Arthur RansomesSwallows and Amazons, the risk pays off. Helen Edmundsons script, directed by Stefan Escreet, brings the novel to life for a new generation, while not losing the magical and nostalgic feel of the [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Opportunitiy: The Winter Droving

Writing Opportunity: The chance to have your work displayed around town during Penrith Winter Droving: Write us something inspired by any aspect of Penriths Winter Droving (agriculture / masks / community / procession anything that takes your fancy). Well pick our favourites to be displayed in Penrith during The Winter Droving on November 30th. [...]

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Talks and workshops: Geraldine Green:

Geraldine Green is running a series of workshops and talks over the next 18 months, not to mention a book tour in New York! To get ahead with whats on, check out her plans: GERALDINE GREEN READINGS AND WORKSHOPS 2013 -2015 Or you can find out more by visiting her blog here: http://geraldinegreensaltroad.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/on-road-poetry-readings-creative.html Share

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Melvyn Bragg on Grace and Mary

Melvyn BraggGrace and Mary is not a book about dementia, BBC broadcaster Melvyn Bragg is keen to point out. Nor it is about his own experiences. Yet without either influences, his latest novel would not exist in the form it does.

Melvyn Bragg talks to the Liverpool Daily Post before appearing at the citys In Other Words festival on 11 May, just after the publication of his new novel. Cumbrian audiences can catch him in Wigton on 18 May and Carlisle on 6 June. (See our Calendar pages for details). Read more >>

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Blackout new writing for the theatre in Lancaster

0283_Alligator_Blackout_smallA brand new multi-authored immersive theatre experience opens at The Dukes in Lancaster next week, taking its audience for an oddball promenade performance in the buildings backstage nooks and crannies. Every show will be different and will be shaped and created by the audience.

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A Festival of Words and Ideas Words by the Water 2013

Lakeside sculptureIn Derwentwater, Melvyn Bragg reminds us, is an island which used to be called St. Ereberts after the saint who lived there in the 7th Century, and his greatest wish was to die on the same day as St. Cuthbert, and meet him in Heaven. Meetings of a more earthly variety now take place at a festival devoted to words, which attracts literally thousands of wordseekers looking perhaps, like St. Erebert, for their small purchase on an elevated kingdom.

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Festival fever in Grasmere

Festival booksThe Wordsworth Trusts annual Arts and Book Festival starts this Friday and promises a packed weekend of events. Highlights include biographers Nicholas Roe and Jenny Uglow on Keats and Sarah Losh, Cumbrian MP Rory Stewart talking about the literature of travel, poet and beachcomber Jean Spracklands personal perspective on the land- and seascape of Liverpool Bay, and Cumbrian novelists Christopher Burns and Catherine Hall.

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True Out West

An award-winning play written by Brigham actor Emma Rydal is on tour as part of the Arts Out West programme, with performances in Gosforth, Millom and Thursby.

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