Colonsay Book Festival

Colonsay Book Festival

Cumbrian poet Jacob Polley will be appearing at the Colonsay Book Festival on Sunday 24th April.

Colonsay folk have always shared a love of books and literature. At a community meeting in 2011, the idea of a book festival for the island was mooted. By 2012, Colonsay welcomed its first six authors and an eager audience.

Now in its fifth year, the festival is one of the smallest and most remote literary events in Britain. The 2016 Festival will take place over the weekend of the 23rd and 24th April.

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Keeping House at William Cowe & Sons

In 2012, as part of conservation work in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Cumbrian poet Jacob Polley and film-maker Ian Fenton were invited to document the maze of shops and living spaces that make up William Cowe and Sons, a family business dating back to 1801.

Commissioned by Northumberland County Council’s At the Crossroads; heart of Berwick upon Tweed Townscape Heritage Initiative,  Keeping House is an evocative documentary exploring the beguiling atmospheres of the William Cowe & Sons cockle shop.

Keeping House Trailer
Directed by Jacob Polley and Ian Fenton
UK / 2014 / 16min / Cert. N/A

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