Maryport Arts and literature Festival: Life! on the Edge - 2024

The festival can be enjoyed at various venues in Maryport and the Solway Coast with writing, art and craft workshops where anyone is welcome to create, and performances and 'meet the author' events. The main festival weekend at the museum is scheduled for Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd March. A full programme will be released in January. 


Ring the museum on 01900 816168: Card payment can be taken over the phone.

Send an email to We will ring you and take payment for your tickets. 

Call in at the museum: We are open Friday - Sunday, 10:30am - 4pm

Pay on the door: Tickets are limited for events, please ring in advance to check availability (not applicable for workshops - limited numbers)

Friday 1st March

10am - 1pm (doors open at 9.45am): Kathleen Jones. Poetry workshop. £5.00 (booking essential)

3pm - 4pm (doors open at 2.45pm): John Higham - An Illustrated History of Maryport. Free

7:30pm (doors open at 7pm): Catherine Moorehead - Mountain Guru: The Life of Doug Scott. £5.00

Saturday 2nd March - Day ticket £5.00

9am - 10:30am (doors open at 8:45am): Alastair McIntosh - Soil and Soul / Riders on the Storm

10:45am - 11:30am: Earl Livings - poetry from the other side of the world

12noon - 1pm: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert - Edge of the Empire

1:30pm - 2:15pm: Roselle Angwin - A Spell in the Forest

2:30pm - 3pm: Suzanne Simard - Finding the Mother Tree: How Trees Talk to Each Other (take a break with Suzanne's TED Talk)

3pm - 4pm: Alan Watson Featherstone

4:30pm - 5:30pm - Discussion

Sunday 3rd March - Day ticket £5.00

9:30am - 10:30am (doors open at 9:15am); Kathleen Jones and Charles Woodhouse - Katherine Mansfield and the Art of Biography

11am - 12noon: Angela Locke - Tamarisk: Love and War in France

12:30pm - 1pm: Steve Matthews - Sonnets and Images Inspired by Gwen John

1:30pm - 2:30pm: Christine Raafat - The Will to Succeed: Lady Anne Clifford's Battle for Her Rights

3pm - 4pm: Raine Geoghegan - The Talking Stick: O Pookering Kosh

4pm - 5pm: Olive Malcolm - Songs of Iona: Poems and Images

5:50pm - 6:30pm: A Celebration of Caroline Gilfillan 

Friday 8th March

10am - 4pm: Susan Allen and Alison Critchlow - Poetry and Paint workshop. £5.00

Tickets can be booked by ringing the museum on 01900 816168

Download the festival weekend programme here - Senhouse Roman Museum - Literary Festival Leaflets 2024.pdf

The Festival is supported by an Arts Council Project Grant

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Life on the Edge A&L Festival, Creative Writing Workshops in the Museum

Join author and poet Angela Locke for three hours of inspiration, writing and chat. The workshops are suitable for all abilities and will use the museum, its collections and the landscape on the edge of the Solway. There will be a short break, participants are welcome to bring along a snack, a sandwich or a picnic to enjoy over a chat. The workshops are £5 / session or you can book all six for £25. Places are limited and must be booked: Telephone the museum on 01900 816168 or email Dates and times of the workshops are:

Tuesday 20th February, 11am - 2pm
Tuesday 27th February, 11am - 2pm
Tuesday 12th March, 11am - 2pm
Tuesday 26th March, 11am - 2pm
Tuesday 16th April, 11am - 2pm
Tuesday 7th May, 11am - 2pm


Living on the Edge Festival 2023

Highlights from the Festival

"Friendly, not overly formal, clever theme. Impressed by the video link for the last presentation".

"The team was unobtrusively efficient and friendly".

"Friendly, intimate gathering, excellent speakers".

"Diversity of speakers and content very good choice. Great venue with great staff".

"Wonderful, inspiring and entertaining".

Photo-montage of festival speakers created by Nigel Monckton

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The 2023 Festival was supported by an Arts Council England Project Grant

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