Live Literature Funding Open

Happy New Year! Oh right, it’s February already. I just wanted to highlight that Scottish Book Trust’s Live Literature funding programme is now open for applications. Live Literature funding is open to Scottish schools, libraries, community groups and not-for-profits. It provides partial funding for author visits, meaning over half of author fees and all expensesContinue reading “Live Literature Funding Open”

Kendal Mountain Festival

On Sunday 20th November I am going to be in the wonderful town of Kendal for the annual Kendal Mountain Book Festival! I’m so excited about this one because:a) it’s the first festival I’ve been involved with in Cumbria, the county where TSBTS is set and where I grew upb) KMF is the UK’s biggestContinue reading “Kendal Mountain Festival”

The World Beneath the Fells

I have just spent the past week setting up an exhibition at Florence Arts Centre in Egremont with Jessica Meagher, one of my oldest friends, with whom I run Heather & Yew. As the flyer says, the exhibition is all about the Cumbrian folklore, history and nature that inspired Underfell – the fairy world underneathContinue reading “The World Beneath the Fells”

Learning to Read the Landscape

I recently wrote a guest post for Cumbria Wildlife Trust about learning to become ecologically literate as an adult. I remember running through a field with my best friend on her parents’ farm when I was about ten years old. I heard the strangest sound overhead – I thought it was a metal detector orContinue reading “Learning to Read the Landscape”

Creative writing workshop this summer

More about that later, but for now I wanted to let you know that I’m running a free five-week creative writing workshop for young people aged 16-25. “Whether you’ve been writing since you could hold a pen or have never quite been sure where to start, this workshop is for anyone aged 16-25 who’s interestedContinue reading “Creative writing workshop this summer”