New Writing Cumbria is a county-wide literature development project hosted by Eden Arts. It supports and promotes contemporary writers and connects them with each other, and with readers, in Cumbria and beyond.
New Writing Cumbria has a number of irons in the fire:
We host occasional live events (as part of a wider Eden Arts initiative) at Penrith Old Fire Station, which put a new writing element alongside other art forms: poetry; flash fiction; music; film; photography; quizzes; theatre; comedy, and more. Events are posted on the Projects page.
The Carrot is our online magazine of contemporary Cumbrian writing.
We look for quality writing, as well as for other types of artwork: poetry, prose, crosswords, reviews, scripts, memoir, journalism, photos, pictures, video, music, animation… The list goes on. The only rule? It has to fit in some way with the theme of the issue.
Anyone from, or living in, Cumbria can submit work. The magazine is then edited by a group of young editors, called Rabbit Rabbit (rabbit). You can read The Carrot here.
Rabbit Rabbit (rabbit):
Rabbit Rabbit (rabbit) is a group of young writers and editors. As well as getting together occasionally to edit The Carrot, the group is also invited to workshops with establised writers, to help them hone their own writing. Find out more about Rabbit Rabbit (rabbit) here.
New Writing Cumbria also sends out a monthly e-news, with updates about New Writing Cumbria’s own projects, as well as information about other literary events throughout the county. You can sign up for this on the New Writing Cumbria website, or email information about your own events to be included.
We also run other individual, one-off projects. In the past, these have included a collaborative novel by over 30 writers in and around Cumbria, a twitter-poetry competition, new writing displayed in Rheged’s contemporary art gallery, a poetry competition with Theatre by the Lake, and more.
New Writing Cumbria is supported by a Grant for the Arts from Arts Council England