Authors and publishers are needed to enter new books into Cumbria’s leading literary awards. The Lakeland Book of the Year Charity Luncheon and Awards Ceremony takes place every summer and is now in its 30th year. These awards are unique and are recognised as being the most prestigious literary prizes outside of London. In conjunction with [...]
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! [...]
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 [...]
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 >>