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 [...]
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 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 [...]
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 [...]
Writing Opportunity: The chance to have your work displayed around town during Penrith Winter Droving: Write us something inspired by any aspect of Penrith’s Winter Droving (agriculture / masks / community / procession – anything that takes your fancy). We’ll pick our favourites to be displayed in Penrith during The Winter Droving on November 30th. [...]
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 what’s 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
“Grace 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 city’s 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 >>
A 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 building’s backstage nooks and crannies. Every show will be different and will be shaped and created by the audience.
In Derwentwater, Melvyn Bragg reminds us, ” … is an island which used to be called St. Erebert’s 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.”
The Wordsworth Trust’s 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 Sprackland’s personal perspective on the land- and seascape of Liverpool Bay, and Cumbrian novelists Christopher Burns and Catherine Hall.
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.
Carlisle has not one but two poetry reading groups starting up this month – one at independent bookshop Bookends, led by poet Malcolm Carson, and the other as part of Martyn Halsall’s poet-in-residence stint at Carlisle Cathedral.
Stand-out stand-up poet Elvis McGonagall headlines this year’s Maryport LitFest at the Senhouse Roman Museum, performing alongside fellow BBC Radio 4 Saturday Live regular, Kate Fox. The festival opens on Friday 2 November with the heavyweight pairing of biographer and novelist Max Egremont and the grande dame of the Cumbrian art world, Mary Burkett.