The Writers Quarter is coming

Carlisle, Saturday September 6th 2014

Poetry Breakfast: An informal, open mic session with Malcolm Carson. Waterstones 9.30-10.30 £3.

Small is Still Beautiful: A 90 minute fiction workshop with Vivien Jones on what makes of the short form so special: its gem like qualities, its punch, and the technical skills of paring down to essentials. A little reading, some exercises, feedback and networking. Tullie House Community Room 10am. £3.

Vivien Jones is co-editor of Southlight magazine.

Self Publishing Workshop: with Alan Cleaver,. An overview of how to publish your own book – whether entirely by hand, through a printer or via the internet. During the workshop you will hand-bind your own booklet. Tullie House Community Room 12 noon. £3 A 90 minute workshop.

Alan has spent his career in journalism and publishing.

Poetry Workshop: Forming Form with Ben Wohl This workshop will  consist of sharing and composing some interesting examples of formal poetry concentrating on Sestinas, Villanelles, and Gahzals. Tullie House Community Room 2pm. £3 a 90 minute workshop.

Words in the Cathedral: a Creative Workshop. Canon David Weston, Geoff Smith and Dr Martyn Halsall will use the Cathedral as a source of reflection and inspiration. During the afternoon Geoff and Martyn will be on hand to assist in the writing process. Work produced can be showcased in the evening at The Fratry event (qv) The Prior’s Tower, Carlisle Cathedral 10am-12 noon. Free.

Therapeutic Writing with Carol Ross. A 90 minute workshop exploring the use of Creative Writing as therapy. Carlisle Library. 10.00am. £3.

Big Bill the Beltie Bull and his Beltie Bairns Jayne Baldwin and Shalla Gray from Curly Tale books will be reading and sharing songs and fun activities. Carlisle Library, 12 noon. £3. Suitable for pre and early school age children.

The Story Café with Lisa Rossetti. Stories are not just for kids! A unique event offering inspiring stories for Wellbeing, sharing insights and conversations together – plus a dash of creativity! Carlisle Library, 2.00pm £3. A 90 minute workshop for adults only.

Marilyn Messenger & The Crichton Writers. The Border Galleries Drop-in Creative Writing Sessions: Tullie House galleries.10am – 12pm, 2pm – 4pm

Free to visitors to The Border Gallery, Tullie House.

WagTongues – pop up bookshop. An all-day opportunity to purchase books by local authors from Cumbria and Dumfries & Galloway. Carlisle Library. [TBC]

An evening of poetry & prose with writers of The Writers Quarter& Facal aig an Oir with poetry & music from S W Scotland at The Fratry, Carlisle Cathedral. 7.30pm. Free.


The Writers Quarter is part of Borderlines, Carlisle Book Festival 5th – 7th September 2014