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.
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
Music – Bill Roberts | Compere – Simon Baker
2016’s festival is inspired by this contemporary altar, carved by local
sculptor Sky Higgins, bearing an image of Herne the Hunter
Maryport Literary Festival
to be opened by Doug Scott CBE
Friday 18th – Sunday 20th November 2016
Full Programme downloadable here (pdf)
‘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.’
This year’s Winter Droving on Saturday 12th November promises to be another spectacular event, showcasing local appetite for good food and great fun. Something to write home about!
‘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 …’
Our own Annie Weir’s Judith Wants to be Your Friend is available now.
36-year-old Judith Dillon hasn’t found her place in society. She struggles to make and maintain relationships, especially with women …
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.
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
Mungrisdale Writers’ Annual General Meeting is to be held at Mungrisdale Village Hall on Thursday 13th October 2016 at 10.30am, when a chair, secretary and committee members will be elected.
– LM Sec