Canal Journeys

Screenshot from Channel 4
Screenshot from Channel 4

Angela Locke writes

Friends, I hope you managed to catch last night’s wonderful Channel 4 programme ‘Great Canal Journeys’ – the second of two with actors Timothy West and his wife Prunella Scales. Last September we saw them both filming in the churchyard on Iona, and there was a big section about Iona, including Prunella and Timothy sitting in the Argyll! Both that programme and the one before are worth catching up on if possible, as they are both about the Highlands, and the context of Iona.

– M&P

Open Mic Prize Slam!

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Screenshot from The Storey, Lancaster

Spotlight | Friday 18th November | @ The Storey, Lancaster

Spotlight’s Open Mic Prize Slam!

Doors Open 7.00pm

(£5 / £3 students/unwaged/concessions )

• 1st PRIZE £60
• 2nd PRIZE £30
• 3rd PRIZE £15

Grab your three minutes at the mic’ and perform your
way to audience acclaim and a Cash Prize

Poetry, Prose, Stand-Up, Music – You’ve got just 180 seconds to
make an impact as a performer! Grab the mic’, wave your ego and charge!

PLACES are limited SO BOOK your slot NOW

e-mail spotlightclub@btinternet.com

Music – Bill Roberts | Compere – Simon Baker

Founded in December 1995 Lancaster Spotlight is funded by
Arts Council England and works in association with litfest

 

Trevor West – The Bold Collegian

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Photo at Lilliput Press

Mungrisdale Writer Charles Woodhouse is one of the distinguished essayists just published in Trevor West – The Bold Collegian  (Lilliput Press) (also at Amazon sellers)

‘Trevor West was a remarkable man: a Trinity academic, mathematician, Senator, Junior Dean, sportsman and sports administrator, historian of the cooperative movement, peacemaker and governor of Midleton College, Cork … West was crucially involved in the administration and development of sport in Irish universities, as well as contributing in a significant way to the Northern Ireland peace process … The Bold Collegian is a collection of more than twenty-four essays by notable contributors including Mary Robinson, Sean D. Barrett, Charles Woodhouse, Ulick O’Connor, Professor John Kelly, Dean John McCarthy, Iggy McGovern and Michael West, a fitting tribute to a much-loved legend.’

– M&P

Dreams of the Blue Poppy

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Our resident tutor Angela Locke’s Dreams of the Blue Poppy is here. Some of her other publications can be seen / purchased here.

‘Forbidden to walk because of his illness, Charles Fergusson is growing up a spoiled sickly child. He dreams of becoming a plant hunter, and of finding the fabled Blue Poppy which grew in his grandmother’s garden in Sikkim, but it seems that he will be trapped forever in the dark house in the Cumbrian fells …’

– M&P

C-Art Cumbrian Artist 2016

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An Eden Arts project in partnership with Rheged

Friday 9th September – Sunday 13th November 2016

The C-Art Cumbrian Artist of the Year has returned to the Gallery at Rheged and I’ve just had a great morning there – noting the colours of Autumn’s own natural art as I cycled in.

In association with Cumbria Life, this year’s exhibition, says Rheged’s website

‘showcases an excellent cross section of Cumbrian visual and applied arts by Conrad Atkinson, Margaret Harrison, Maddi Nicholson and Paul Scott have been specially invited to exhibit this year. These artists are widely regarded as some of the most established and internationally renowned artists working in Cumbria today. Their work will join a cross section of artwork from the wider Cumbrian artistic community, selected from an open call by a group of young curators aged 16-24, guided by Eliza Bonham Carter, Head of the Royal Academy Schools, and Nick Rogers, Curator at the Lakeland Arts Trust. Alongside the exhibition, there will be a major new Rheged-commissioned sculpture trail, with three major new commissions which respond to the architecture of the building funded by Arts Council England.’

Look out for a flood-damaged piano that’s been inspirationally drawn into new musical and artistic life. And – for we writers – who might also do a bit of sketching here and there, there’s a lovely art shop including writing/sketching journals, watercolours, other arty bits and pieces and a bright little selection of books.

Definitely worth a visit and I’m glad that MW committee meetings are held there because I’ll be certain to tour the exhibition again.

– M&P

NFG Arts & Crafts Fair 25,26,27/Nov

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The Northern Fells Arts and Crafts Fair 2016 will be held at our home venue, Mungrisdale Village Hall, on Friday 25th (Preview Evening 6–8pm) to Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th November from 10.30am–4.30pm

Light refreshments available all day

Unusual and unique gifts for Christmas – all produced in Cumbria, by local artists and craftspeople

Booking being taken now for tables, or to volunteer in our ‘Café’ please contact Philippa Groves

– M&P