Last chance to submit!

Still haven’t sent us your poem for our poetry installation, Beneath The Boughs?

The FINAL DEADLINE is coming up: MIDNIGHT, SUNDAY 30TH JUNE

Make sure we’ve received your poem by then, or it won’t be considered for the exhibition!

Send us your poems on the theme of nature at a maximum of ten lines long. (This doesn’t mean your poem has to be ten lines. We’d love to see shorter works as well.)

For more details of how and where to submit, click here.

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Call-out for Young Cumbrian Photographer

Don’t forget, we’re looking for a young Cumbrian photographer to get involved with Beneath The Boughs, our summer poetry installation at Lowther Castle & Gardens in Cumbria.

Think you’ve got what it takes? Check out the details here: http://guerrillapoem.wordpress.com/2013/04/13/beneath-the-boughs-young-photographer-wanted/

You have until May 31st to apply!

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Meet The Poet: John North

Meet one of the poets on our Poets in Residence project at Theatre by the Lake. The project will involve seven emerging writers spending time at the theatre, and will culminate in a showcase on September 7th 2013, at which their poems will be read by members of the theatre’s summer season acting company.

John North

John North was born in the north of England in 1990. His first short collection, Northern Lad Meets the English Language, Fights (Freerange Poetry Project in association with the Carlisle Arts Festival) was published in 2008. He has worked with, amongst others, the Mancunion, as an editor, and with the BBC. He is currently one of seven Poets in Residence at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick. New poems are forthcoming in Kaffeeklatsch. He has won several awards. johnenorth.wordpress.com

Meet The Poet: Elizabeth Mann

Meet one of the poets on our Poets in Residence project at Theatre by the Lake. The project will involve seven emerging writers spending time at the theatre, and will culminate in a showcase on September 7th 2013, at which their poems will be read by members of the theatre’s summer season acting company.

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Raised in the thriving metropolis that is Peterborough, Elizabeth later lived in a genuine castle during her English degree at Durham University. It was there she fell in love with poetry and decided to devote her life to reading and writing the good stuff. At present she is at St Andrews, thoroughly enjoying working towards an MLitt in Creative Writing and being involved in [insert text here].

Submit to ‘Beneath The Boughs’ (May)

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This is the fourth (and penultimate) of our monthly calls for submissions for Beneath The Boughs. The call for poems from the previous months yielded some great results, and we’d love to continue receiving your fantastic poetry for our upcoming summer exhibition, ‘Beneath The Boughs’. (The exhibition will run from July 19th to September 9th 2013. Read more about the project here.)

For a chance to be involved in the exhibition, and to have your work displayed in the beautiful historic gardens of Lowther Castle, send us your SHORT POEM(S), a maximum of TEN LINES.

Please ensure that we receive your submission(s) by the deadline of 23:59, Friday 31st May, 2013.

For information on how to submit, as well as submission guidelines, click here.

If you’re looking for inspiration, then check out the pictures in our insipration gallery.

(Although we are posting new monthly poetry prompts for the exhibition until June, the earlier you send in your work, the more chance you have of getting it displayed, so don’t dawdle too long! Looking forward to seeing your work.)

World Book Night Party

An enormous thank you to everyone who came along to our World Book Night Party on Tuesday. It was a great success. We gave away copies of Jackie Kay’s Red Dust Road, Jeanette Winterson’s Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? and Sophie Hannah’s Little Face. There was also some great poetry read by our guest poets, and equally good stuff at the open mic session that followed.

A huge thank you to everyone who came along and supported us. We hope you had as much fun as we did!

(If you weren’t there, then stay in touch with what’s going on in the future by ‘following’ us – use the button on the right hand side of the page.)

World Book Night Party: BE THERE!

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Meet The Poet: Fiona Money

Meet one of the poets on our Poets in Residence project at Theatre by the Lake. The project will involve seven emerging writers spending time at the theatre, and will culminate in a showcase on September 7th 2013, at which their poems will be read by members of the theatre’s summer season acting company.

Fiona Money

Fiona Money was born and brought up in West Cumbria, and published her first novel through her school’s Young Enterprise company. She is studying English Literature and German in Edinburgh at the moment and although it took her a year to discover the poetry scene there, she’s trying to make up for that now.

Beneath The Boughs: YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER WANTED

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Yes, that’s right. We’re searching for a young photographer to take beautiful pictures of Beneath The Boughs, in return for membership to Lowther Castle & Gardens.

Beneath The Boughs is an Arts Council funded poetry exhibition, which will take place from July 19th to September 9th 2013, in the beautiful historic grounds of Lowther Castle in Cumbria. This opportunity not only gives the winning photographer free membership to Lowther Castle & Gardens, but also the chance to get their photos seen on the [insert text here] website, and to be a key part of an Arts Council funded project.

The photographer in question must:

  • Be aged between 16 and 25
  • Be based in Cumbria (if you’re a student elsewhere, that’s fine, as long as you’re back in Cumbria over the summer)
  • Have their own means of transport for getting to Lowther Castle
  • Be available to help set up and take down the exhibition (and of course to take photos of the process) during the weeks 15th-18th July 2013, and 10th-13th September 2013 (NB: The photographer should only be required for one day during each of these weeks. Unfortunately, confirmation of which two days will not be possible until nearer the time, due to the unpredictability of Cumbrian weather)
  • Be available to take a couple of independent trips to Lowther Castle during the course of the exhibition. Entry to the Castle Gardens and exhibition will be covered by your free membership. However, transport must be arranged by the photographer.

If you’re interested, please email us with the subject heading ‘Lowther Photography‘: up to 3 examples of your work (preferably on the themes of art / nature, although this is not compulsory); your name; your date of birth; and a brief bio (under 70 words).

Emails to: inserttextherepoetry@gmail.com

DEADLINE: FRIDAY, 31ST MAY, 2013

By entering this opportunity, you are confirming that you fulfil the above criteria. Failure to comply with the listed criteria may result in disqualification.

The rights to the photos taken as part of the project will of course remain with the photographer. However, if chosen, you are giving [insert text here] the right to use those photos on our website and associated media (e.g. facebook and twitter).

Meet The Poet: Jenny Walker

Meet one of the poets on our Poets in Residence project at Theatre by the Lake. The project will involve seven emerging writers spending time at the theatre, and will culminate in a showcase on September 7th 2013, at which their poems will be read by members of the theatre’s summer season acting company.

Jenny Walker photo

Jenny Walker lives in the Lake District and has been writing poetry for several years, gradually becoming more and more inseparable from pen and paper. In 2011 she was a winner of the Young Foyle Poets Award and since then has read at Ledbury Festival and various spoken word events. She is interested in writing about human relationships, new fads such as the internet and various other ideas, events and occurrences.

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