Human Cell Atlas: ‘One Cell at a Time’ and readings by Poetry Society’s Young Poets Network competition winners

Saturday 7th May, 12-1pm Northern Stage Free event, all welcome This event showcases the outstanding work created through a partnership between the Human Cell Atlas and Newcastle Centre for Literary Arts. It includes the film screening, ‘Donor’ – a collaborative response by poets Imtiaz Dharker and Linda France, and visual artist Kate Sweeney, as well… Continue reading Human Cell Atlas: ‘One Cell at a Time’ and readings by Poetry Society’s Young Poets Network competition winners

‘What is it like to be here: Round about Heaton’: The People’s Theatre Youth Group

Saturday 7th May, 1.15-2pm Northern Stage Free event, all welcome Join us for a journey around Heaton’s vibrant parks, streets and cafes through the eyes and ears of young people from The People’s Theatre youth group. Originally recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio Newcastle, this performance was developed with poets from Newcastle University who helped… Continue reading ‘What is it like to be here: Round about Heaton’: The People’s Theatre Youth Group

Linda Anderson, John Challis, and Denise Saul

Saturday 7th May, 2.30-3.30pm Northern Stage £5/£3 These bold and insightful debuts offer meditations on time, memory and family. Linda Anderson’s collection The Station Before (Pavilion Poetry, 2020) ruminates on the links between history and nature, with keen observations on light and places of sanctuary.  John Challis’ The Resurrectionists  expertly explores voices of industry and… Continue reading Linda Anderson, John Challis, and Denise Saul

In the Poet’s Chair: Roger Robinson

Thursday 5th May, 6.30-8pm Northern Stage £5/£3 Join Jackie Kay, one of Scotland’s most celebrated voices, for a unique discussion about poetry with T.S. Eliot prize-winning poet, Roger Robinson. In this event, Jackie will interview Roger about his writing process, his past, and his priorities. Roger will also read from his prize-winning collection, A Portable… Continue reading In the Poet’s Chair: Roger Robinson

Jennifer Williams, Ben Wilkinson, and Andre Naffis-Sahely

Saturday 7th May, 4-5pm Northern Stage £5/£3 These poets celebrate the human voice amidst political, environmental and personal change. In High Desert (Bloodaxe), André Naffis-Sahely reflects on class, race, and nationalism within the American Southwest, in extraordinary poems of witness and vision; Jennifer Williams’ new collection, Origins (Shearsman), is a song of light and breath telling… Continue reading Jennifer Williams, Ben Wilkinson, and Andre Naffis-Sahely

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!

The High Commission of Canada in the UK and Griffin Poetry Prize event: Eve Joseph, Billy-Ray Belcourt, and Kathleen Jamie

Saturday 7th May, 5.30-6.30pm Northern Stage £5/£3 This hybrid event is generously sponsored by The High Commission of Canada in the UK and with media support from the Griffin Poetry Prize. Bridging together literary talent from Canada and the UK, we present poets associated with the Griffin Poetry Prize, one of world’s most generous international… Continue reading The High Commission of Canada in the UK and Griffin Poetry Prize event: Eve Joseph, Billy-Ray Belcourt, and Kathleen Jamie

Workshop 1: Jennifer Wong (online)

Friday 6 May, 10.00-12.00 Online workshop via Zoom £15 Breaking down stereotypes through poetry Stereotypes exist everywhere we look. In the way we name people and places, in the purchase of ready-made language, themes and forms. In this 21st century, how do we advocate change and equality through our writing? What language do we claim… Continue reading Workshop 1: Jennifer Wong (online)

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

Northern Poetry Symposium:

Emergency Poetry Summit

Thursday 5 May, 10am-5pm Northern Stage £15 £10 concessions (includes unwaged, under 18, students, carers) £5 Digital Ticket The Poetry Book Society and NCLA have called an Emergency Poetry Summit on the 5th May at Northern Stage. We’re reuniting the poetry community for our first Newcastle Poetry Festival since the pandemic began; a chance to… Continue reading

Northern Poetry Symposium:

Emergency Poetry Summit