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 [...]
A couple are on their honeymoon, travelling around Cumbria in a caravan… …while they go off in search of…whatever it is they are after….WE are looking for people with the talent and imagination to…. Write a chapter! It goes like this: One person writes the opening chapter of a novel, with a limited prompt (in [...]
Kathleen Jones has written a new biography of Norman Nicholson: The Whispering Poet, which has just been published to celebrate his up-coming centenary in 2014. The book contains much new information from archives and from family and friends. It’s now available through all good bookshops and on Amazon as well as a Kindle e-book! [...]
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 [...]
Verb New Voices is looking for three talented artists based in the North of England. Three artists will each receive a bursary of £2,500 with the potential for additional fees from any radio interviews and performances. The Verb New Voices opportunity is about generating vibrant new writing which reflects something unique about Northern culture. Broadcast [...]
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 Cawthwaite Project is a series of secret diaries set in a rural Lake District village A team of female writers in Cumbria has launched, what is believed to be, the world’s first ‘digital’ soap opera. Launched on 1st June 2013, The Cawthwaite Project is set in the fictional world of an idyllic Lake District [...]
“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 >>
It 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.
Read 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.
Jacci Garside lives up in the hills near Renwick, where there’s little to do except pore over clothes catalogues and fret about soft furnishings, and write the odd poem.
So here’s an odd poem, called Curtains >>
Coming home one evening through moorland
an owl, alert with night, cuts across your windscreen.
You stop, and for a moment feel flight alive, pure …
Deborah Hobbs experiments with the road poem as a cure for love in Road A686 >>
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.