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Friday 7 January – Sunday 9 January
Crooked Holme, near Brampton
Farmhouse Fiction Weekend with John Murray
Acclaimed novelist John Murray with something unique in creative writing teaching. John, who has over twenty years of fiction teaching under his belt, is offering novelists and short story writers intensive but enjoyable courses based in his lovely North Cumbrian farmhouse. Breakfast and lunch will be relaxed and flexible affairs, but gourmet vegetarian food will be served to students every evening. Other attractions will include guest authors giving readings and discussing their work with the group.

Fees: £350 including tuition, meals and accommodation.
To enquire about availability, email [email protected] or telephone 016977 41087.
More courses are planned for weekends in the first half of 2011 – for dates and further information visit John Murray’s website.

Monday 17 January, 7.00pm-9.00pm
Curthwaite, nr Thursby
Facets of Fiction Workshop: Long Fiction, with Mike Smith
First of a series of five workshops running fortnightly on alternate Mondays. Course members will be expected to bring elements of work in progress about which they have specific questions to put to the group.

Tickets: SOLD OUT.
Bookings: contact Mike Smith by email – [email protected]

Thursday 20 January, 7.00pm-9.00pm
Curthwaite, nr Thursby
Facets of Fiction Workshop: Short Fiction, with Mike Smith
First of a series of five workshops running fortnightly on alternate Thursdays. More appropriate for beginners, exploring themes such as beginnings and endings, narrative voice, character, and plot lines. Course members will be given writing exercises to complete in advance of each session.

Tickets: £35.00.
Bookings: contact Mike Smith by email – [email protected]

Friday 21 January – Sunday 23 January
The Wordsworth Hotel, Grasmere
The Wordsworth Trust’s Arts & Book Festival
A vibrant programme of talks, workshops, readings and discussions illuminating aspects of literature and the visual arts. This year’s festival focuses on the lives of Romantic figures, with Daisy Hay talking about the Young Romantics and Paul O’Keeffe discussing Benjamin Robert Haydon. The Lake District will be explored in talks by Matthew Hyde on the architecture of the lakes, and David Brown retracing Turner’s 1809 tour. Saturday evening features Richard Holloway looking at some of the poems that have helped him find answers to the big questions, and Roy Hattersley on the perils of tackling political biography.

Jackie Kay

The festival concludes with contemporary voices – Martin Edwards will read from and talk about a gripping thriller in which a manuscript by Thomas de Quincey plays a part, and the always popular Jackie Kay will discuss her remarkable memoir Red Dust Road (and read some poems too). Plus: workshops, readings, and small group sessions, and a special performance of a show that Poet in Residence Helen Mort recently took to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

For full programme details and ticket prices, click here.


Brewery Arts Centre, Highgate, Kendal
Apples & Snakes Open Mic
Lyricists, comedians, storytellers and poets all welcome. Barrow-based poet, performer and tutor Ann the Poet presents special guest poets alongside open mic slots in a relaxed atmosphere with comfy sofas. Performers sign up on the door by 7.15pm. Plus rhythms, beats and lyrics from Thud Dub aka Mark Mace Smith.

Tickets: £2.00.
Box office: call 01539 725133 or book online.

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