Please note the dates! We'd love to see you in Millom in June
We are delighted to announce that the Society will be organising a two-day Norman Nicholson Festival in Millom this summer. The dates are Saturday and Sunday, June 29th and 30th 2019. The event has the official support of Millom Town Council, Millom Discovery Centre, St George's Church, and Millom Library. Nicholson's lifelong home, 14 St George's Terrace, will be open to visitors. Details are still being finalised and there will be further announcements in due course.
If you have any queries about the Festival, please contact us using our Contact Form or email email@example.com
The full schedule is awaiting finalisation but these events are confirmed.
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. Millom Network Centre
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 - 4.45pm Discussion group with Dr Andrew Frayn, Millom Network Centre
3pm - 5pm Guided walk (1) with Blue Badge guide Tom McCafferty. Meeting point TBC
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. Millom Network Centre.
8pm - 10.15ish 'This Place WE Know'. Poetry and music celebrating our locality, featuring poets from the collection of contemporary Cumbrian poetry 'This Place I Know' (Handstand Press 2018). Beggar's Theatre, Market Square.
Sunday June 30th
9.30am - 10.30pm Morning service, including tribute to Norman Nicholson. St George's Church
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 Practical workshop with Rob and Harriet Fraser, Millom Network Centre
2.45pm - 4.15pm Guided walk (2) with Blue Badge guide Tom McCafferty. Meeting point TBC
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
Further events to be announced
All talks and presentations are free, no need to book
Workshop places must be booked in advance. Details TBA in early May.
Enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
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 announcements about the Festival will be made in the near future, both here and also on Twitter (@nnicholsonpoet) and Facebook (Norman Nicholson Society).