Borderlines Book Festival: Carlisle

The programme for Carlisle’s Borderlines Book Festival is now complete! You can view it here: Borderlines Programme The festival, at the beginning of September, features 32 events across four venues over three days, with a mixture of national and local writers, talks, panels and writing workshops. Headline appearances announced today include Carlisle-born writer and broadcaster […]

‘The Winterling’ at Theatre by the Lake

A stormy night in a candlelit house in the middle of nowhere; it sounds like the setting for a gothic horror novel. But Jez Butterworth’s The Winterling is firmly grounded in reality – even if it is a warped and troublesome reality. The Winterling is a homage to Harold Pinter: throughout the play, the characters […]

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 […]

Felltarn Friends Children’s Book Event

Bookends (66 Main Street, Keswick) and Claire Jane Mansfield, one of the authors of the fantastic new children’s book, Felltarn Friends, are holding an event at The Theatre by the Lake, 15th April 2014 at 11am. Written by two local mums, Felltarn Friends is a new activity book based on things to see and do […]

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 […]

‘Swallows and Amazons’ at Theatre by the Lake

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 […]