New Writing

Review: Seeing The Lights, Theatre by the Lake

It isn’t often that a play can make you laugh and cry simultaneously. Alan Bennett manages it. So does Brendan Murray. At first, Seeing The Lights is a seemingly light and casual play about family disputes. At its heart, however, it is emotional and highly charged. As an ill (and possibly dying) old woman prepares […]

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 […]

Keep up with the Caravan:

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

This is the story of two books…

 Ann Healey writes about two books from Ink Pantry Publishing: – x – This is the story of two books.  Sea of Ink and Fields of Words. Once upon a time, there were several students from all over the UK and Europe, who were enrolled on a creative writing course run by the Open University (OU). […]

The Joy of Influence

Art-History001“I went … to study art history and English at university. Aberystwyth art department was … a backstreet repository of goths and geniuses. The alchemical smell of paints, solvents and Golden Virginia was brilliant and heady.”

Sarah Hall joins fellow novelists Kazuo Ishiguro, Lavinia Greenlaw, John Lanchester, Alan Warner, and Colm Tóibín, writing about their favourite ‘other’ artforms in The Guardian. Read more >>

Reviews round up – The Havocs, by Jacob Polley

jacob-polley1It may have missed out on the T.S. Eliot Prize, but Jacob Polley’s latest has received mostly positive reviews since it was published last November. Here’s our pick of the best of them by Ben Wilkinson, Miriam Gamble, John Field and Steve Matthews, plus links to poems from the collection published online and a recording from the T. S. Eliot Prize reading in London.


Prize-winning poems from Mirehouse

Mirehouse poetry walkRead Mary Robinson’s winning poem, ‘Beech Trees’ (and listen to it here), plus the runner-up and seven highly-commendeds in this year’s Mirehouse Poetry Competition. Of these nine poems, selected by judge Blake Morrison, five are by poets based in or strongly connected to Cumbria – Mary Robinson, Mary Chuck, Christopher Pilling, Angela Locke, and Jason Lytollis.