Poetry by the Lake

We’ve partnered up with Theatre by the Lake to offer an opportunity for Cumbrian poets to have their work performed at the theatre in October.

Words by the Water

To tie in with the Theatre by the Lake’s upcoming production of The Lady of the Lake, a new play by Benjamin Askew, we’re inviting you to create poetry about specific Cumbrian places (see below), which feature in the play.

Selected poems will be performed by actors from Theatre by the Lake’s summer season, at a special event at the theatre on Saturday 10th October.

We will also publish our favourites in The Carrot: New Writing Cumbria’s digital magazine.

We are looking for poems by Cumbrian writers of any experience. Poems should be no longer than 40 lines, and you can submit as many poems as you like, for as many of the locations. There is no restriction on style of poetry, but please be aware that we will favour work that takes an original view of the Cumbrian landscape.

The locations are:

  • Blencathra (from Castlerigg)
  • Blencathra (from Walla Crag)
  • Bowder Stone
  • Carlisle Castle
  • Castlerigg Stone Circle
  • Derwent Water
  • Fairy Glen, Borrowdale
  • Jaws of Borrowdale
  • Lodore Falls
  • Castle Cragg
  • Honister

Please email your poems to: [email protected] by Saturday 6th June 2015. Please include a short writer’s bio (approx. 50 words).