Please note the dates! We'd love to see you in Millom
Friday June 28th
7.30pm - 10.15ish
Informal social get-together at the Clock Tower bar, Market Square. All welcome.
Saturday June 29th
10am - 11am Creative Writing group, part one, with Antoinette Fawcett and Patrick Wright. At Nicholson's former home 14 St George's Terrace, and St George's Church. The workshop is free but numbers are limited; book in advance. FULLY BOOKED
11.30am Official opening of the festival, Millom Network Centre.
11.45am Sean O'Brien, Millom Network Centre.
2pm - 2.45pm Dr Andrew Frayn, Millom Network Centre.
3pm - 4.15pm Discussion group with Dr Andrew Frayn, Millom Network Centre.
3pm - 4.30pm Guided walk (1) with Blue Badge guide Tom McCafferty. Meet at Millom Network Centre. The walk is free but numbers are limited; book in advance. See below for booking details.
5pm - 6pm Creative Writing group, part two, with Antoinette Fawcett and Patrick Wright. The intention is that participants will complete work from the 10am session, informed by their experiences during the day. St George's Church.
8pm - 10.15ish 'This Place WE Know'. Poetry and music celebrating our locality, featuring The Demix and poets from the collection of contemporary Cumbrian poetry This Place I Know (Handstand Press 2018). Beggar's Theatre, Market Square. Admission £7, NN Society members £5, under-18s and performing poets free. Pay cash at the door.
Sunday June 30th
9.30am - 10.30pm Morning service, including tribute to Norman Nicholson. St George's Church.
10.45am-11.30am Guided tour (1) of Nicholson's lifelong home, 14 St George's Terrace. The tour is free but numbers are limited; book in advance. See below for booking details.
11.45am-12.30pm Guided tour (2) of Nicholson's lifelong home, 14 St George's Terrace. The tour is free but numbers are limited; book in advance. See below for booking details.
1.30pm - 2.30pm Somewhere-Nowhere. Presentation by Rob and Harriet Fraser on a sense of place through photography and writing. Millom Network Centre.
2.45pm - 4.15pm Somewhere-Nowhere photography workshop with Rob and Harriet Fraser, Millom Network Centre. The workshop is free but numbers are limited; book in advance. FULLY BOOKED
2.45pm - 4.15pm Guided walk (2) with Blue Badge guide Tom McCafferty. Meet at Millom Network Centre. The walk is free but numbers are limited; book in advance. See below for booking details.
4.15pm - 4.45pm Response to the Norman Nicholson Festival by Kathleen Jones, Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund and Vice-President of the Norman Nicholson Society. Close. Millom Network Centre.
To reserve your place at a workshop: email email@example.com and write 'CREATIVE WRITING', 'TOUR', 'WALK' or 'PHOTOGRAPHY' in the Subject box, as appropriate, or write to the Norman Nicholson Society, c/o 14 St George's Terrace, Millom LA18 4DB. You are welcome to book for more than one workshop. There is no need to book for events other than the workshops, walks and house tours. Please note that the Creative Writing and Somewhere-Nowhere photography workshops are both fully booked (16/6/19).
Enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
posted 15/4/19, updated 16/6/19
The Society is delighted to announce that SEAN O'BRIEN will be the keynote speaker at the Norman Nicholson Festival. He will speak on Saturday 29th at the Festival HQ in Millom Network Centre. Sean is a multiple award-winning poet whose laurels include the TS Eliot Prize, Northern Writer of the Year, and fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Sean is a huge admirer of Nicholson, and last year wrote an entertaining article in the Times Literary Supplement about a trip to Millom to explore Nicholson country. It will be a wonderful privilege to welcome him to our Festival.
Dr ANDREW FRAYN, of Edinburgh Napier University, has confirmed that he will speak, and lead a discussion, on the opening day of the Norman Nicholson Festival this summer. Andrew specialises in 20th century literature and has given public lectures on different aspects of Nicholson's work. We are really looking forward to hearing him when he joins us on Saturday June 29th in Millom.
Two of the UK's most innovative creatives, the photography/writing duo, ROB and HARRIET FRASER, are to give a presentation and lead a practical workshop as part of the Norman Nicholson Festival in June. Cumbria-based Rob and Harriet, who work under the banner of Somewhere-nowhere, will be with us on Sunday June 30th. Their work uses the power of curiosity and pause to engage with all the elements that give a sense of place, and let stories gradually reveal themselves. These stories may provoke further investigation or action, or touch on issues of struggle or loss in a local-global system where everything is connected, and balance can be elusive. Through photography and writing, with installations in rural spaces, they deliver creative projects that tap into and tell the stories of the natural environment and the people connected with it. Harriet and Rob's view of the world chimes perfectly with that of Norman Nicholson whose poetry and prose addressed very similar themes. This will be a major highlight of our Festival. More information about the workshop and what you need to bring with you HERE.
posted 29/3/19, updated 4/6/19
The folk/blues band THE DEMIX is to perform at This Place WE Know, the music/poetry event to be held in Millom as part of the Norman Nicholson Festival. The Demix is a guitar/vocal duo consisting of husband and wife Rod and Sarah Demick, who will be making a welcome return to Cumbria having moved away from their former home in the county. Rod is a superb guitarist who toured extensively with David Essex, the Strawbs, and many other bands over the years. Sarah Littlefeather Demick is an Ojibwa Indian from Toronto, Canada, who has been singing since the 1970s, working with Peggy Seeger among a lengthy list of collaborations. She is also one of the poets whose work is featured in This Place I Know, the 2018 anthology of Cumbrian poetry on which this evening of entertainment is based. A full list of poets who have committed to read their work at this event will be published shortly. This Place WE Know is on Saturday June 29th at the Beggar's Theatre, Market Square, Millom, starting at 8pm. Admission is £7 (£5 for members of the Norman Nicholson Society), under-18s free. Pay cash at the door.
An impressive list of Cumbrian poets has been announced to read their work at This Place WE Know. It includes Mary Robinson, Kelly Davis, Kerry Darbishire, Phil Houghton and Mike Smith, along with guest poet Patrick Wright. For the full list of 16 poets, click HERE.
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