Dusk: Video – Carlisle – 16:30

Katie Evans reads her own poem, 16:30  for DUSK at Carlisle

BSL interpreted by Karen Edmondson

This story and all the other unpublished poems and stories are in the forthcoming anthology Dusk.

You can preorder the print version, and buy the ebook, now!

Dusk Performer: Kelly Davis

copyright Gordon Rushton

Kelly Davis studied acting and verse-speaking as a child in London, and has appeared in many productions with Cumbrian theatre groups, including the Workington Playgoers and the Theatre Royal Shakespeare Players. She has benefited from mentoring by Royal Shakespeare Company practitioners, via the Open Stages Scheme, and has studied acting with Jennie Buckman (ex-RADA). She has read at the Poetry Cafe (London), Tullie House Museum (Carlisle) and the Old Fire Station (Penrith), and has appeared with Poets Out Loud at Cockermouth Live and the Patchwork Opera at the Carlisle Fringe Festival 2017

Kelly is reading for Dusk in Carlisle

Dusk Performer: Ben Brinicombe

Ben Brinicombe will be reading stories and poems at Carlisle

Ben began acting as a child, staring in a number of productions at the Avril Dankworth National Music Camps and appearing in a wide variety of productions in Cumbrian Theatres ranging from Shakespeare to a stage version of Fawlty Towers!  He has performed at the Edinburgh Festival and on the outdoor stage in Stratford-upon-Avon in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company Open Stages Scheme.  Ben has recently put the finishing touches to his first feature-length movie, Definitive Therapy in which he acted, directed, edited and wrote the screenplay.  He is currently working on a number of short film projects with the Workington Playgoers Film Group.

Dusk performer: Nell Dunn

Nell Dunn has worked in local radio for 17 years as a journalist,  producer and broadcaster.  She is a proud adopted Cumbrian with an interest in film and photography.

Nell is the Dusk host at Carlisle

Dusk Songster: Nicola Reed

Nicola Reed has been a singer forever, a musician for a while and is still learning to be a poet.

She has played in folk clubs and festivals all over northern England and has been so lucky to have worked with people she considers to be wonderful poets and musicians and knows to be friends.

Nicola has performed support sessions for musicians such as Steeleye Span, Boo Hewerdine and Eddi Reader and produced an album called Westward Turning with Fellside Records in 2001, with her friend and wonderful fretless bass player Mike France.

Lately she has been writing as much poetry as songs and performs regularly at Carlisle Speakeasy.

Nicola’s song for DUSK, Witching Hour willl be performed at Carlisle, and is about that time just before it is dark when shapes shift and you are filled with a wonderful energy and desire to ‘run wild through the fields’.

Dusk Poet: Lindsay Reid

Lindsay Reid lives in Newcastle Upon Tyne and has a PhD in Creative Writing from Newcastle University. She has won several poetry competitions and had her work published in various poetry journals including The Cadaverine, Magma and Mslexia. Her first collection My Dark Guardians will be published by Red Squirrel Press in 2018.

Lindsay’s poem for DUSK, Summer Evening, will be read at Carlisle.

Dusk Poet: Katie Evans

Katie Evans is an English Romany Gypsy, born in the North-East of England, who now lives in Carlisle. She was a runner-up in the Borderlines Poetry Competition in 2016, and has had work published as part of the ‘Mayfilmfling’ Film Festival 2017.

Katie’s poem for Dusk, 16:30 will be performed at Carlisle on 21st December.


Dusk Songster: John Chambers

John Chambers is a published poet and musician who has seen angels at Grunne Point, been held at gun point, sings for lost causes, writes because he has to, films because he wants to and holds the tattered garment of human rights across an increasingly denuded England.

John is a part of the Patchwork Opera a group of writers, musicians and visual artists who believe that the diverse is ordinary and the ordinary is magical.

John’s song for Dusk, Balcony will be performed at Carlisle on 21st December.

Dusk poet: Aziz Dixon

Burnley Literary Festival 2017

Aziz Dixon draws on local Pennine and Welsh landscapes and life experiences. He has been published in ‘Pennine Ink’ and online with Irwell Inkwell and Algebra of Owls. He launched his latest collection, Poet Emerging, with a reading at the Burnley Literary Festival 2016 and on Radio Lancashire.

He has recently published in Grapevine (Lampeter), Moon Magazine,  Panoply and Perspectives (Ontario), Strix,  The Fat Damsel and Light, no 4 (Departure: Fall 2017).

Poems forthcoming in The Curlew, in Perspectives and Light (no 5). Aziz recently read at the RS Thomas Festival, Eglwysfach in September, and at the Burnley Literary Festival in October. His work featured in Best of Bolton, November 2017.

Aziz’s poem, for DuskA Calligraphy of Starlings, will be performed at Carlisle and Rossendale at Dusk on 21st December 2017 and published in the Dusk anthology on 21st June 2018

Dusk: Venues


All events BSL Interpreted

Ellon (Nr Aberdeen)
from 16:28 (solstice) official performance 1707
Better Read Books
18 Ythan Terrace
AB41 9LJ

from 17:00 for 17:15
SGL Boardroom
Eden Court,
Bishops Road,

from 17:00 for17:16
Foxes Cafe Lounge
18 Abbey Street,

from 17:00 for 17:16
West Greenwich Library
Greenwich High Road
SE10 8NN


from 17:00 for17:17
The Print Room Café & Bar
The Storey
Meeting House Lane,

from 17:00 for 17:18
The Whitaker Museum & Arts Centre
Haslingden Road,

Ynys Mon
from 17:00 for 17:19
Ucheldre Centre,
Ynys Mon
LL65 1TE

from 17:00 for 17:20
The Goose
561 Bristol Rd,
B29 6AF

from 17:00 for 17:21
Nottingham Writers Studio
25 Hockley

from 17:00 for 17:30
The Old Barn,
Kelston Roundhill,
Near Bath

Warkleigh (Near Barnstaple)
from 17:00 for 17:33
Courage Copse Creatives
North Devon,
EX37 9DD

from 17:00 for 17:40
The Merlin Building,
Cornwall College,
Trevenson Road,
TR15 3RD