At last year's ‘Write Idea’ events, poetry reading and writing took centre stage. For this year's selection of events Sedbergh Book Town offers support and encouragement to local prose writers, with story making and narrative writing featuring highly in this February's selection of events. So if you'd like to strengthen your prose to make it more convincing and more dynamic, the following events are right up your street.
A printable copy of the brochure can be downloaded here, printed copies will be available from the Sedbergh Tourist Information Office by early February
- Details of events
- Booking information
- How to find us
- Bookshops etc.
- Eating In or Eating Out in Sedbergh
- Acknowledgements & Sponsors
Wednesday 22nd February
Organised as part of the new-look for Sedbergh's Wednesday Market, Book Town presents the fourth in a series of successful Morning Coffee, Cake & Company events at which local people talk about the books that have left a lasting impression upon their lives.
Cartoonist and Writer Colin Shelbourn will talk about the books that have mattered most in his writing life. Colin is a professional cartoonist, author and illustrator whose illustrations have appeared in over 100 books. He has written a dozen books of his own and his cartoons have been published in newspapers, magazines and online; indeed they have even appeared on stage, on TV and even on radio! His experience in teaching cartooning to both artists and non-artists led to Crowood Press commissioning him to write his latest book Drawing Cartoons.
Tickets: £1, includes Coffee & Cake
Wild Life Poets, who came together at Janni Howker's workshop in Kendal, present an evening of their poetry. This event will be one of several which will be taking place across Cumbria to celebrate Cumbria Wildlife Trust's 50th anniversary in 2012.
Presented in association with the Local Support Group of the Cumbria Wildlife Trust.
Tickets: £6.50, (Concessions £5)
Friday 24th February
The most innovative live fiction event in the north comes to Sedbergh Book Town!
Liars' League Leeds presents six stories from new and established writers plus contributions from local writers, brought to life by their cast of amazing professional actors. The Liars' League set up its northern wing in 2011 after ten glorious years of tale-telling and fiction readings in London. Now LLL brings the best in thought-provoking and original new short fiction to Sedbergh – so just grab a seat, make yourselves comfortable, and enjoy. After all, when was the last time anybody told you a story?
“Liars' League brings together actors and writers and allows each do what they are good at. The result is live fiction at its best. Funny, well presented, quirky, enjoyable.”.
Tickets: £7.50, (Concessions £6)
Saturday 25th February
Peter Hobbs, (photo by Natalie Castellanos Ryan)
A prose writing workshop with the acclaimed novelist & short story writer Peter Hobbs who will host a full-day prose writing workshop that examines the key components of fiction – character, landscape, narrative, style – and how these work together to create engaging, convincing prose. Writers of all levels welcome.
Peter Hobbs is the critically-acclaimed author of ‘The Short Day Dying’, the winner of a Betty Trask Award and shortlisted for the International Impac Dublin Literary Award, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and The Whitbread First Novel Award. He has also published a collection of short stories, ‘I Could Ride All Day in My Cool Blue Train’ which was longlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. His most recent novel, ‘In The Orchard, The Swallows’, was published by Faber in January 2012. Peter is an experienced creative writing tutor who runs regular workshops for the Arvon Foundation as well being a writer-in-residence for the charity, First Story, which fosters creativity, literacy and talent in young people by placing authors in challenging secondary schools.
Of Peter's book ‘The Short Day Dying’ Gordon Burn wrote: “Without a doubt one of the best first novels of the new millennium – certain of tone, stylistically intelligent, effortlessly accomplished. Hobbs is a marvellous writer.” And David Peace commented: “In ‘The Short Day Dying’, Peter Hobbs has written the most assured, compelling and original British debut of this new century.”
Tickets: £15, (Concessions £12)
Information about the online Box Office will appear here when tickets become available.
- By phone to 015396 20125 using a credit card.
- By personal visit to the Tourist Information Centre, 72 Main St. or Sleepy Elephant, 41 Main St..
- By post to:
Sedbergh Tourist Information Centre,Cheques should be made payable to Sedbergh Book Town.
72 Main Street,
Sedbergh is on the A684. Leave the M6 at Junction 37 and drive 5 miles east through the stunning Howgill landscape to the town … it couldn’t be simpler! The nearest train stations are Oxenholme (Lake District) 10 miles, Garsdale 10 miles and Kirkby Stephen 12 miles.
Dales & Lakes Book Centre
Avril’s Books at Farfield
Garsdale Road, 07967 638503
Henry Wilson Books
Main Street, 015396 20186
Books for all ages, DVDs, local & national newspapers, local what’s on guides, internet access. Speakers, visitors and audiences attending the Festival especially welcome.
Open Monday 5pm - 7pm, Wednesday 10am - 12.30pm & 2 - 5pm, Friday 2 - 5pm and Saturday 10am - 12.30pm.
'hOwGiLLs' Bakery & Tea Room
57 Main Street, 015396 21058
Open weekdays 9am - 5:30pm,
Sat 8.30am - 6:30pm, Sun 10am - 5:30pm
Happy Valley, (Takeaway Chinese food)
14-16 Main Street, 015396 21277
Sun - Thu 5pm - 11pm (closed Tues),
Fri & Sat 5pm - 11.30pm
Brown's Coffee Shop
26 Main Street, 015396 20406
Open weekdays 9am - 5pm,
Sat & Sun 9am - 4.30pm
White Rose Fisheries & Café
Main Street, 015396 20468
The Sedbergh Café
30 Main Street, 015396 21389
Free internet access and wireless internet connection for customers’ use
Open every day 10am - 6pm
Taj Mahal Indian Restaurant
30a Main Street, 015396 20000
Open Sun - Thur 5.30pm -10.30pm,
Fri & Sat 5.30pm - 11.30pm
Duo Café Bar & Bistro
32 Main Street, 015396 20552
Free wireless internet connection for customers’ use
Open daily for snacks, coffee and cakes with a selection of home made fresh foods
Evening meals Thursday to Sunday 6:00pm ’til late.
Weavers Tea Room
Farfield Mill Arts & Heritage Centre,
Garsdale Road, 015396 21958
Open every day 10am - 5pm
Town Centre Pubs:
The Bull, The Dalesman and The Red Lion.