Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Literary Events Roundup

The Brewery Arts Centre

Spoken Word comes to Solfest this year. There'll be spoken performances on Saturday and Sunday afternoon from Sarah Miller, James Knight, Emma P, Geraldine Green, Annie Clarkson, Dominic Berry, Rod Tame and comperes Ann the Poet and Phill Gregg.

Ann - who we all remember fondly as the guest host at Word Soup 3 - be running a New Lines script writing workshop with Sarah Miller on the Saturday.

The next Apples and Snakes spoken word open mic is at The Brewery, Kendal on Saturday 26th September with guests Annie Moir and Julian Jordan. The workshop that afternoon (4-6pm) will be on poetic forms. Call the Brewery Box Office 01539 725133 to book a place.


Sedbergh, England’s 'Book Town', is holding its fifth Festival of Books and Drama between 18 – 27 September. The theme this year is Travel and Adventure and the wide-ranging programme will feature some great travel writers, adventurers and entrepreneurs in the travel business.

Director Carole Nelson says:

"We're really lucky to have attracted some ‘bonkers people’ - no that’s not the way to describe eminent publishers but it just might be the way to describe someone who walked across Africa!

"So we have a helping of mad but determined adventurers, Mark Ellingham who started Rough Guides, and other travellers of note. We are also very please to have Michael Gray, the authority on Bob Dylan who will be talking about Dylan and the Poetry of the Blues. After all much of the poetry that is part of everyone’s life is written in the form of lyrics and if that’s the case Dylan is a Poet Laureate!"

Local writers are well represented with Chris Wadsworth's new book, Hercules and The Farmer’s Wife, based around Castlegate House Gallery in Cockermouth, and John Rice’s The Atlantic Arc, a creative travelogue resulting from his recent trip to the North Atlantic Islands.

The Literary Trust which develops all of the Festivals and educational activity for the Book Town has just been awarded funding by the Arts Council which will enable the Trust to create more projects in 2010. The Trust will be reaching beyond Sedbergh to the whole of Cumbria with an exciting programme of workshops, events and writing courses.
Information Line and Bookings: 015396 20125
On Line Bookings and Information: www.sedbergh.org.uk

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