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More going on in Cumbria

Posted Tuesday 28 October 2014 by Helen Towers in Events

A Storytelling event for families takes place at Carlisle Library on Saturday 15th November 10.30am to 11.30am Free event

Come and hear Cumbria’s best known storyteller, Taffy Thomas, tell stories from his brand new book: Ghost of the Trenches & Other Stories

As the Great War raged, and in its aftermath, people created hundreds of legends and stories round it, to speak of the sadness, the heroism, the deaths.

Author Helen Watts and storyteller Taffy Thomas bring together this compelling, moving collection of ghost stories and mysteries from both sides of the conflict, from the haunted U-boat to the ghost of the trenches. 

Not library events, but interesting for readers should be two  festivals also  taking place in November

Maryport Literary Festival takes place 14th-16th November

Kendal Mountain Festival 20th-23rd November, as always includes a lot of book content

Cumbria remembers WW1

Posted Friday 24 October 2014 by Helen Towers in Latest Libraries News

The Library and Archives services in Cumbria have worked together to produce a dedicated First World War website, to help people living in Cumbria discover the county’s role in the Great War, and to showcase the archival and local studies material held in our collections.

The website covers a number of topics ranging from life on the home front to wartime poetry and literature. Visitors to it can discover how events shaping the First World War unfolded on a daily basis, both internationally and at home in Cumbria.

A short reading list picks out some important books set in the first world war. There is also an area for promoting books specifically written by CUmbrian authors.

The web pages also provide an opportunity to search copies of local Cumbrian newspapers for references to soldiers from this area who fought in the war, including news of volunteering, honours awarded, home leave and, more sadly, casualties and deaths.

The web pages can be visited here

Barrow Library staff rewarded

Posted Thursday 17 July 2014 by Helen Towers in Competitions & Prizes

There is a lovely write up of Barrow Library staff's prize-winning visit to Fortnum and Mason's here

. Its not often that  library staff get to have such enjoyable outings, so we are delighted that they were able to go and clearly had such a good time.Photo of display in Barrow Library

We have a good track record here in the North West of winning display prizes. Our library staff are obviously a creative lot.

For more information about the Desmond Elliot prize visit this site


Posted Tuesday 15 July 2014 by Helen Towers in Events

News has arrived from colleague Helen Towers about the new Bookends Festival taking place in Carlisle over the first weekend in September.

Headline appearances include Carlisle-born writer and broadcaster Grace Dent, in conversation with Stuart Maconie; Sandra Howard, the novelist, Sixties model and wife of former Home Secretary Michael Howard; and music writer and cultural commentator Paul Morley who will talk about his new book on the North. They join previously announced headliners including Rory Stewart, Hunter Davies, and Alan Johnson. Photo of writer

The festival is the Carlisle’s first book festival, and takes place from Friday 5 September to Sunday 7 September at the Crown & Mitre Hotel, Carlisle Library, Carlisle Cathedral, Tullie House and Waterstones.

Borderlines is a not-for profit organisation developed through partnership working between Bookends Carlisle; Cumbria County Council’s Library Service; Tullie House Museum and Gallery, and Cumbria Life.

As well as author talks, The Writers' Quarter on Saturday 6 September, features a series of workshops from poetry and therapeutic writing, to writing for children. Workshop leaders include William Ryan, who regularly runs Guardian Masterclasses, and will be holding a crime writing masterclass. There will also be workshops on self-publishing and storytelling, and the day will conclude with a celebration of the written work produced, at a special Litcaff night.

Sunday is designated 'Cumbria Day' with all events involving Cumbrian authors or themes. Festival president is journalist and author Hunter Davies, Photo in front of bookshelveswho was brought up in Carlisle and has written numerous books, including the only authorised biography of The Beatles. He will talk about his latest title, The Biscuit Girls, the story of six retired Carr's cracker packers and also preview his next book on The Beatles Lyrics, on the opening night of the festival.

For full details of the festival and to book tickets online visit the website

Printed copies of the festival guide will be launched at Lakeland Book of the Year at the Inn on the Lake on Tuesday 22nd July and distributed around Carlisle and Cumbria. Copies will also be sent to libraries.

Tickets can also be purchased at Bookends in Castle St, Carlisle, or by phoning 01228 529067.

Borderlines is indebted to the following sponsors: Carlisle Cathedral; Carlisle City Council; Cranstons; Cumberland Building Society; Cumbria County Council. I’m sure you will agree that the 30+ events offer something for all tastes!

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