2019 Edition


For our 2019 Festival plans are well underway and we will once again have four elements.

We have several successful writers pencilled in for the ticketed events, both talks/interviews mostly in pairs based on their genres. We are also crossing all our fingers that a big name writer who has said he wants to come to Furness will be available. We cannot give names at this stage but it will be a huge coup if we get him! Also there are the workshops. We are planning more of these this year – scriptwriting, poetry, illustration and self-publishing workshops.

The second element, the schools programme, is also coming along with competitions and workshops planned for the week before the main festival. We are hoping that at least two of the visitors will work with schoolchildren to develop their skills and encourage their reading.

Thirdly we have our community events. We have several people interested in performing and entertaining folk around the area, plus other ideas such as “yarnbombing”.  There is much work still to be done on this element but we will make it exciting!

Finally, we will have another major project to follow on from Daltonia. We are applying for Heritage Lottery funding again, this time for a storytelling project we are calling “Tales from the Peninsula”. When we discovered the number of professional storytellers based in Cumbria we approached five of them and at least four are keen to take part. We want to work in partnership with Furness Tradition who have experience of running storytelling sessions. As well as performances, they will be involved with workshops in schools and for adults, and we are planning to have storytelling sessions with different community groups: so far Barrow Community Kitchen, Furness Refugee Support and the Royal British Legion have expressed interest but there may be more. We are very excited about the potential of this project.

Of course, plans are developing all the time so watch this space and our Facebook page for more details, especially once funding is in place.