Words by the Water 9 -18 March 2018: A Festival of Words and Ideas Comes to Keswick

The Theatre by the Lake is again the venue for the annual festival Words by the Water, the Cumbrian sister festival of the famous Dartington and Southwold festivals run by Ways With Words. Here in Cumbria, we look forward to the festival bus arriving with its seats packed with speakers – including, in no privileged […]


I don’t have a cat, but cats find their way into my writing.  Cats are messengers and story-tellers, and follow people through the ages, attaching themselves to the human story, translating it. Here is a poem about a famous cat, whose name I do not know, but she was real enough, and probably did not […]

Days of Wine and Avatars

Happy New Year. This morning it is 2018. Happy New Year has become a number. We’ll each forget to date correctly on a cheque, or note, until it becomes ‘the year’ proper, when we have forgotten it is new. Happy? Hopefully… Have your resoultions  (I’ll leave that typo!) become reality? Give wishful thinking a chance […]

The Closing Day

Today is August Bank Holiday Monday. It is supposed to be hot and summery. Alas, summer has finished in Cumbria, and wind blows the leaves from the trees. I cannot say for certain that summer actually visited these regions. Autumn has certainly made an appearance, with more than a head round the door. I post […]

What Happens Now

Here is an old story out of my archive. It was published in Dream Catcher magazine in 2004. The Mars globe comes from The Little Planet Factory.               WHAT HAPPENS NOW   Elizabeth Stott     My father does not see me these days. What he sees, I suspect, […]