It’s Happening

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Monday 23 November 2019

Well, it’s happening. After last year’s disappointment our decision to make the Litfest biennial has been justified and we have sufficient money to put our full 2019 plans into operation.

Many thanks to Cumbria Community Fund, Dalton with Newton Town Council, Tesco Bags of Help, the Billingcote Trust and especially Arts Council England for providing us with enough funds to go ahead.

So, book Saturday November 2nd in your diaries now for it will be a very full day. We have five workshops, five author interviews, a Book Market where local self-published writers can display their wares, stories for children, an Open Mic/Ceilidh [in conjunction with our partners at Poem and a Pint and Furness Tradition] and other community events.

Our hub, our home is still Dalton Community Centre and most events [plus ticket sales] will take place there but some are in local schools and some in Barrow and Ulverston to reflect the fact we are now Furness Litfest.

The list of writers joining us is impressive: Caroline Gilfillan, Zosia Wand, Janet Pickering, Ann Grant, Kate Davis and Tom Ashton running our workshops and Helen Phifer, Zoe Sharp, Julia Jones, Maria Whitehead, Linda Gillard, Brooke Powley, Joffre White and Gill Jepson being interviewed and giving talks. The workshops are based on poetry, self-publishing, writing short stories, scriptwriting, and book illustration, and the talks are on thrillers, food, relationships, fantasy and local history.

All this is in addition to two aspects of Furness Litfest that are starting early. Any good Litfest should include a schools’ programme and we are proud of ours with writers working in schools in Barrow, Dalton and Ulverston, with a writing competition and a couple of surprises planned. This will start in the autumn term and culminate with prizes given at our official launch on the Friday evening, 1 November. Andrea Williams is our co-ordinator for the schools’ programme.

The other aspect, our big project this year, is Tales from the Peninsula funded by The National Lottery Community Fund. This involves six professional storytellers working with five local community groups and schools to bring out stories from individuals who may not be used to doing so. We are grateful to Dowdales School Citizenship Department, St Mary’s Hospice, Furness Refugee Support, Barrow Community Kitchen and MIND in Furness for co-operating and being our partners in this project which is being managed by the redoubtable John Hall.

We are investigating other possibilities too, so keep looking here on our website and also on our Facebook page for updates.