SpeakEasy

SpeakEasy

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Freiraum

Freiraum (Spheres of Freedom) was a creative project developed and managed by AWAZ Cumbria, working with Cumbrian based artists and groups, including SpeakEasy. As part of a wider project of the Goethe-Institut, it explored ideas of isolation and freedom in our society. Forty European cities, including Carlisle, explored the question: What does freedom mean in present-day Europe?

This event includes performances by many of the Carlisle contributors, and offers the chance to buy the anthology, published by Nick Pemberton’s Caldew Press.

Following Nick’s death, Susan Cartwright-Smith and Philip Hewitson have taken over Caldew Press, continuing to produce works from SpeakEasy and local poets.

Susan Cartwright-Smith is a writer, open water swimmer, costume maker, clog dancer, poet and fell walker. She has worked for a variety of theatres and venues, including English National Opera, Derngate Theatre and Rosehill Theatre. She is a regular contributor to Tullie House evenings such as Black History and Museums at Night. She has had work published by The Wildlife Trust, Forward Poetry, Arachne Press, and Caldew Press.

Philip Hewitson is a writer, poet, and film maker with a small production company, Tolivar Productions. He also hosts SpeakEasy open mic, has produced films for Carlisle Fringe festivals, facilitates Film Fling, and provides promotional films for Carlisle Unity festivals and the Multicultural Bazaar. 


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Borderlines Book Festival has been developed through partnership working between public and private enterprise. The three partners are: Bookends of Carlisle; Cumbria County Council’s Library Service and Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Trust.

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