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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
The Mungrisdale Writers are delighted to announce their second Poetry Competition, on the theme ‘And miles to go before I sleep …’. The entries will be judged by the well-known Carlisle poet Terry Jones. The prizes will be £100 first, £50 second, £25 third. The deadline is 31 October 2013. Competitors may submit as many [...]
A quick hello: As some of you will have already seen on facebook, the period of interregnum has ended, and New Writing Cumbria has a new person at the helm. My name is Katie Hale. I’m primarily a poet, but I’m also interested in other forms of writing. For the past year and a bit, [...]
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
Poet in Residence 2014 The Wordsworth Trust is seeking to appoint a new Poet in Residence, to run from January to December 2014. The Residency offers an invaluable opportunity for an exceptional poet, from any cultural background and writing within any literary tradition, to spend time in Grasmere, Cumbria, in the heart [...]
“Regional writing does not have the pedigree here that it does in America, which honours writers from the South. In the UK, I am considered strange, this exotic girl from the North who is told she is avant-garde because she is writing about the country.”
Cumbrian writer Sarah Hall talks turkey about her inclusion in Granta magazine’s epoch-defining, reputation-making Top 20. Read more >> and listen to an excerpt from her novel-in-progress.
A book can take fifteen years to write but be out of print in no time and pretty much forgotten – a shameful state of affairs for Angela Locke’s novel Dreams of the Blue Poppy, according to fellow Cumbrian author and newbie independent publisher Kathleen Jones.
Originally published by Robert Hale in 2007, the novel – a historical romance with a botanical twist – has been re-released in an electronic edition by Kathleen’s Book Mill imprint. Read more >>
Ebooks, Kindles, iPads – technology is transforming the way we write and the way books are published. But in the rush to grasp the digital future are we being too quick to throw away the rich heritage of ‘real’ books and the printed word?
This new exhibition about to open at Egremont’s Florence Mine Arts Centre celebrates 5,000 years of the written word and warns against relying too much on swanky graphics and thousands of pixels. Read more >>
If you know anyone who studies the art of short fiction more assiduously than Brindley Hallam Dennis, let us know. Can’t think of anyone? Thought not. So who better, then, to take instruction from in the business of short story writing, out there in bucolic Curthwaite, in yer man’s actual front room? Nobody better, is who.
BHD’s lined up a fresh Facets of Fiction course – starting 11 April – and a series of special writing days in the distant summer. Wannabe fictionistas should definitely read more >>
Have you been writing poetry for a while and want to take your writing to the next stage? Need a push to polish up (and off) that vital first pamphlet or full-length collection?
Four Cumbrian poets can look forward to benefiting from the support and professional expertise of Wordsworth Trust Poet-in-Residence Judy Brown, who will act as their mentor for an intense three months this summer.
Want to apply? Then read more >>
The anthology we’ve all been waiting for! The Cockermouth Poets 1700-2012 is a labour of love by poetry activist and editor extraordinaire Michael Baron, bringing together 85 poets who have all either read publicly in the town, were born there, or passed though and breathed its sweet air. It’s an idea inspired by disaster, arising out of the ‘River Poets’ shop window poetry trail (also a Baron brainchild) to mark the first anniversary of the great flood of 2009.
Net proceeds from sales of the book – priced £8.50 – go to Cockermouth Mountain Rescue and Save The Children. Read more >>