Poetry by the Lake: a roaring success

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This Saturday saw the culmination of our poets in residence project at Theatre by the Lake, with a reading of the poets’ work by three of the summer season’s actors.

The afternoon was a great success. The audience heard work by Katie Hale, Elizabeth Mann, Fiona Money, John North, Phoebe Power and Jenny Walker – and a very appreciative audience they seemed, too. We received numerous positive comments afterwards, including:

“It was really good to hear the actors reading it.”

“The best poetry reading I’ve ever been to!”

If you didn’t make it, or if you’d like to relive the wonderful works of literature, you can find some of them at the link below:

Theatre by the Lake poems

A huge thank you to Theatre by the Lake and the Arts Council for making this venture possible. We had a blast!

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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.

Elizabeth Mann photo

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].

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.

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.

Meet The Poet: Katie Hale

 

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.

 

Katie Hale

Born in Cumbria, Katie has been published in Poetry Review, The Frogmore Papers and Cadaverine, as well as anthologies such as 11 Poets and Eloquence in Times of Crisis. She has twice won the Anne Pierson Award, and was recently a member of Barbican Young Poets. She is currently studying for an MLitt in Creative Writing at the University of St Andrews, where she is working on a pamphlet which she hopes to publish in the not-too-distant future. She is also the birth-mother of [insert text here].

Read an example of her poetry here.

Meet The Poet: Phoebe Power

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.

Phoebe Power photo

Phoebe Power was a winner of one of the 2012 Eric Gregory Awards. She was also a Foyle Young Poet of the Year in 2009, and her poems have appeared in magazines including MagmaOrbis and Cadaverine. Phoebe is based in Penrith near the Lake District, and currently studying English at Cambridge, where she runs Pembroke Poetry Society. You can find her work at phoebepower.blogspot.co.uk.

Phoebe was also published in the [insert text here] zine, Dawn Killing Darkness. To read her poem, click here.

Poets by the Lake

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Poets being shown around the plant room, Theatre by the Lake

Tuesday March 26th saw the beginning of an exciting project at Theatre by the Lake in Keswick, Cumbria.

Seven emerging poets spent a fascinating afternoon exploring the theatre and speaking to people who worked there, in many of its different departments. The tour led us from centre-stage surrounded by the set of the current production (Rogue Herries), to the plant room hidden away at the back of the building. From the very public, to the very private – the afternoon was eye-opening and intriguing.

Equally interesting were the stories of the theatre’s various employees, which were as different as the jobs they perform, many of which caught the imagination of at least a couple of the poets.

The day ended for some with a great spread of ‘nibbles’ (a description which rather undervalued the amount of food present), put on by Bob and his catering team. Then four of the poets stayed on to watch that evening’s performance of Rogue Herries.

It was a fascinating day, and I’m sure will provide plenty of inspiration for all the poets involved.

The project will culminate in a showcase on September 7th 2013, with poems read by the theatre’s summer season actors.

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A good end to a fascinating day – Theatre by the Lake

Announcing…

ANNOUNCING OUR LATEST PROJECT: POETS IN RESIDENCE AT THEATRE BY THE LAKE!

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From Easter to September 2013, a small group of emerging poets will be spending time at Theatre by the Lake in Keswick, Cumbria, observing the various and varied aspects of the theatre.

The project will culminate in a reading at the start of September (time and date TBC).

We’d love to see as many of you there as possible, so don’t forget to stay tuned for more information! Follow us on facebook or twitter, and sign up to our mailing list (by clicking the ‘Follow’ button on the right) to stay in the loop.

And don’t forget to keep checking back on the event page for any updates.

More information on the project and its participants coming very soon!

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Oh, and there’s still that teaser hanging in the air…

But surely, you cry, that was a teaser for this project? That was leading up to the announcement of the Poets in Residence project?

Perhaps it was. But on the other hand – does this photo look as though it was taken in a theatre…? Stay tuned, folks, and all will be revealed!

Snow-writing, January 2013