Welcome to the fourth annual Newcastle Poetry Festival and our most ambitious programme yet. In a socio-political age increasingly marked by division, we’ve been considering the fundamental question of what connects us, and our programme reflects responses which are diverse, complex and inspiring.

Join us for a four-day celebration of the finest poetry from around the world by some of the art’s most acclaimed practitioners, involving readings, lectures, discussions, workshops, and multi-genre performances (music, painting, film), with the theme of crossings – between countries, languages, and art forms – at its heart.

The festival itself crosses between various venues around Newcastle, including Sage Gateshead and Northern Stage, so please do check our programme carefully for full details of location and ticketing.

We look forward to meeting you!

Linda Anderson & Sinéad Morrissey
Festival Directors



  • Sasha Dugdale