1 March was St David's Day, daffodils, and the start of Words by the Water, the annual literary festival held at the Theatre by the Lake at Keswick. Here are my personal highlights for the coming week.
Monday 4 March The Fire Crane and The Dark Mountain: I will be reading an extract from my prose contribution to The Fire Crane #02 (which is imminent). I will have to be quick - there are 15 contributors down to read within an hour.
Tuesday 5 March is my day for chairing: Miriam Darlington Otter Country: in search of the wild otter and Simon Garfield On the Map: why the world looks the way it does. Two immensely enjoyable and interesting books.
Friday 8 March I'm sitting back in my theatre seat and listening to the BBC's Middle East editor, Jeremy Bowen, talk about Arab uprisings. There might be time for a quick cup of tea before the Cockermouth Poets anthology (see my post of 27 Jan) and hopefully a bite to eat before poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy and musician John Sampson take over the theatre's main house for the evening slot. A crumhorn is promised.
Saturday 9 March I will be reading "Beech Trees" at the Mirehouse Poetry Competition event in the afternoon. Good to see two fellow Cumbrian Poets on the list - Chris Pilling and Angela Locke. I will enjoy the tranquillity of Mirehouse near the shore of Bassenthwaite Lake - a special end to my part in Words by the Water this year.