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 [...]
The sixth Maryport LitFest ‘ Neptune and his Realm’ is happening on 8th- 10th November at Senhouse Roman Museum, Maryport. Melvyn Bragg is kicking the weekend off on the Friday night, followed by a host of other authors and poets, plus two writing workshops. You can see the full programme here: Maryport LitFest 2013 programme [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
The guerilla poetry collective [insert text here] is looking for a young Cumbrian photographer (aged 16 to 25) to snoop and snap around Lowther Castle and Gardens, producing glorious images for the Beneath the Boughs exhibition project.
The closing date for applications is 31 May. Find out more >>
Have you got a book in you? So long as it’s not a novel, Cumbria Community Foundation would love to hear from you. They’re looking for applications for this year’s Hunter Davies Bursaries – three awards of £1,000 each to any aspiring writer working on a Cumbrian non-fiction project, or even just mulling one over. Writers don’t have to be living in the county, but the book must have a Cumbrian connection. The closing date for submissions is 10 May.
The Melita Hume Poetry Prize is an award of £1,000 plus a publishing deal with Eyewear Publishing, for the best first full-length collection by a young poet (35 years of age or under) writing in the English language. It’s free to enter, and the closing date is 13 May.
Here’s a digest of poetry competitions with submission deadlines coming up in the next few weeks, courtesy of the Saison Poetry Library on the South Bank. Picks of the bunch: the SCJ Poetry Award, Poetry London, and Poetic Republic competitions (£1,000 each), the Ware and Vers competitions (each offering £600), and the Manchester-based Poets and Players Prize (£400), which this year is being judged by Cumbrian poet Jacob Polley.
Getting to tutored poetry workshops led by published practitioners in Cumbria can be tricky – lack of opportunity, distance, mountains, snow, floods, apathy, hangovers etc. But there’s no excuse, bar poverty, for not attending an online course, and The Poetry School has nine new ones starting up in May. Places fill up very quickly, so book now to ensure yours. 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 >>