THE Norman Nicholson Society has announced the line-up for its second two-day festival taking place this month.

The popular festival will be held online between June 26 and 27.

The Edinburgh-based poet Ken Cockburn will open the festival on the Saturday, and he will be followed by Jeff Cowton, Curator at Wordsworth Grasmere.

Also, that day The Unpredicted Spring, will come together virtually to read their poems, along with the editor of the anthology and Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund Kathleen Jones.

Sunday will feature two of the Society’s Laura Day of Durham University and Jack Threlfall Hartley of Oxford University and Jack Threlfall Hartley.

The afternoon will also see the launch of the Norman Nicholson Audio Archive.

Charlie Lambert, Chair of the Norman Nicholson Society, said: ‘This is going to be a wonderful event and how lovely it is to have something like this to look forward to.

"Normally we would have based everything in Millom itself, Norman’s lifelong home, but circumstances have forced our hand this year.

"The upside of streaming everything online is that Nicholson enthusiasts can join us from around the world and we are very much looking forward to that.’

He added: ‘We are incredibly grateful to Millom Town Council and Millom CGP Trust for supporting the festival, as they did last time in 2019.

"To make funding available even when we are not able to organise events in the town itself is a terrific statement of support’.