Poetry Live!

Friday 6th May, 10am-12pm Frederick Douglass Centre Free (event for schools only) Newcastle Poetry Festival invites schools in the North East to a special edition of Poetry Live! which brings GCSE poetry to life. Featuring readings from some of the UK’s most known and loved poets, including Imtiaz Dharker, Simon Armitage, Grace Nichols, John Agard,… Continue reading Poetry Live!

Hannah Lowe and Joelle Taylor

Saturday 7th May, 7-8.15pm Northern Stage £5/£3 Our final event celebrates two phenomenal prize-winning poets. Hannah Lowe is the author of the 2021 Costa Book of the Year, The Kids (Bloodaxe), a book of sonnets about teaching and learning, inspired by Lowe’s own experience working as a teacher at an inner-city London sixth form. Joelle… Continue reading Hannah Lowe and Joelle Taylor

Workshop 2: Polly Atkin (online)

Friday 6 May, 12.00-14.00 Online workshop via Zoom £15 To speak the impossible hope of the firefly: trying to notice joy in a time of ecological crisis How can we write through, about and against ecological crisis without being eaten by despair? In this workshop we will look at poems that address climate emergency, apocalyptic… Continue reading Workshop 2: Polly Atkin (online)

John Agard, Grace Nichols, and Imtiaz Dharker

Friday 6th May, 6.30-7:30pm Northern Stage £5/£3     This evening’s reading presents three internationally acclaimed poets whose diasporic work is central to British literature. Grace Nichols’ most recent collection Passport To Here and There captures a journey that moves from coastal memories of a Guyana childhood to life in her adoptive Sussex landscape (Bloodaxe, 2020). John… Continue reading John Agard, Grace Nichols, and Imtiaz Dharker

Anne Ryland, David Spittle, and Linda France

Friday 6th May, 2.30-3.30pm Northern Stage £5/£3 Three acclaimed poets take us on a journey through ruins and wilderness to find new sanctuaries. Linda France’s The Knucklebone Floor (Smokestack) is a book about fragility and resilience, flora and fauna, people and places, the human world and the natural world; Anne Ryland, in Unruled Journal (Valley… Continue reading Anne Ryland, David Spittle, and Linda France

Born Lippy with Rowan McCabe, Georgia Bartlett-McNeil and Jonny Fluffypunk, plus Open Mic

Friday 6th May, 8-9.30pm Northern Stage Free event, all welcome Newcastle’s leading spoken word night, Born Lippy, presents a unique takeover event hosted by Rowan McCabe, with headline performances from spoken word poets Georgia Bartlett-McNeil and Jonny Fluffypunk. There will also be an Open Mic, giving you the opportunity to share your words. If you… Continue reading Born Lippy with Rowan McCabe, Georgia Bartlett-McNeil and Jonny Fluffypunk, plus Open Mic

Workshop 4: Sean O’Brien

Saturday 7 May, 12.00-14.00 Percy Building, Newcastle University £20 Songs From the Drowned World Over seventy percent of Earth is covered in water. This figure is predicted to rise, and the map of globe to change, in some places beyond recognition. Whatever the outcome, poets will be compelled to address it. In this workshop we’ll… Continue reading Workshop 4: Sean O’Brien