Words by the Water Keswick 2016 – Flood Relief Charity Event

Update on outcomes… I am delighted to report that the reading  was well-received by the audience, and an excellent opportunity to celebrate the work of Cumbria-based writers. The reading and  book sale raised in excess of £1200. This is excellent! The generosity of the public, and the hard work of the staff and volunteers is something else to be celebrated. Thank you Ways With Words!

Of the nine writers appearing at the event, several have been directly affected by flooding. Kathleen Jones, in her blog, A Writer’s Life, describes the terrifying experience of having to escape her home, as waters rose floor by floor. Others have been cut off from main roads, some having to take extraordinarily long diversions to travel to reach other parts of the county.  We were delighted to raise some funds for the Cumbria Community Foundation. The range of work was wonderful to hear, with several pieces written especially in response to the floods. We have had requests for a repeat event in future.

My story – The Fool – is now on the blog.

Update… We had a great evening, with an appreciative audience. Many thanks to all who attended, and to the theatre staff and volunteers for staying late to man the studio. If you are feeling generous – the link to the Cumbria Community Foundation is embedded below!


wpid-DSC_0174.jpgAs part of the 2016 Words by the Water festival of words and ideas, there will be a fundraising reading with Cumbrian writers on Tuesday 8 March at 6.45 pm in the studio. Donations at the door. Proceeds will go to the Keswick Flood Reparation Fund and the Cumbria Community Foundation Flood Relief Fund. To further support these charities, there will also be a sale of books throughout the festival, with books donated by publishers and members of the public.


Readers for the Tuesday event are:

Mary Robinson – poetry
Helen Farish – poetry
Elizabeth Stott – flash fiction
Kathleen Jones – poetry
Jacci Bulman – poetry
Taffy Thomas – story telling
Juliet Fossey – poetry
Nick Pemberton – poetry
Brindley Hallam Dennis (Mike Smith) – flash fiction

I’ll post my flash story after the event, and if anyone wishes to donate to the Cumbria Community Foundation Flood Relief Fund, they may do so directly via the embedded link. Cumbria has suffered severe damage as a consequence of the floods, and the local economy has been badly damaged, particularly as a consequence of the loss of the A591, the main route through the Lake District, linking the community through Grasmere.

Words by the Water is a popular annual festival that takes place at the Theatre by the Lake, Keswick. This year it promises to be as wonderful as ever, despite the difficulties that the region has experienced. This exciting festival of words and ideas is organised by Ways With Words.  This year it runs from 4 – 13 March.







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