The Festival Team:

Theresa Muñoz

Theresa Muñoz was born in Vancouver, Canada and now lives in Edinburgh. She is Research Associate in Contemporary Poetry at Newcastle University and directs the Newcastle Poetry Festival. She has published one collection of poetry, Settle, which shortlisted for the Melita Hume Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared on BBC Radio Scotland and in several international journals including Arc, Canadian Literature, Poetry Review, Southward, The Scores and elsewhere. She has been awarded a British Columbia Arts Council Award, a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship,a Muriel Spark Centenary Award and a Creative Scotland Open Grant. In 2022 she was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Sky Arts Award for her non-fiction. She can be reached at Theresa.Munoz@ncl.ac.uk

James Annesley

James Annesley is Acting Dean of Culture and the Creative Arts at Newcastle University.  His role involves  working with colleagues from across the University and a host of regional and national organisations to shape the strategic direction for the University’s cultural partnerships. Linking partners  with the University’s   teaching and research strengths in culture and the creative arts, his  work involves supporting and planning sector focussed activity and contributing to the University’s broader place and engagement strategy.

Alice Mullen

Alice Kate Mullen is Manager of the Poetry Book Society. She read English Literature at Durham University and has worked in poetry publishing since 2010, including as Marketing and Events Manager for Carcanet Press, Anvil and PN Review. She previously worked in bookselling and events co-ordinating at Waterstones and Shakespeare & Company, Paris, completed an Arts Council mentorship at Chicago’s Poetry Foundation and was an Assistant Bibliotherapist at Sydney Writers’ Festival. In 2017 she co-founded and curated the inaugural Northern Poetry Symposium at Sage Gateshead with NCLA.

Melanie Birch

Melanie Birch is the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts Administrator and Event Manager and runs the Festival Marquee during the Newcastle Poetry Festival – pop by and say hello!

Peter Hebden

Peter Hebden (he/him) is a writer, artist and developer living in the north of England. He recently completed an AHRC-funded interdisciplinary PhD project at Newcastle University in partnership with Bloodaxe Books, investigating innovative digital methods of publishing poetry. Peter’s current research interests are around intersections of poetry with visual art and, in particular, comics. He currently works for Bloodaxe and for the The Poetry Business, and his work with Newcastle Poetry Festival has included creating mobile apps and interactive installations, as well as recording and live-streaming events. 

Tamsin Rees

Tamsin Rees (they/them) is the website, design, and marketing assistant for Newcastle Poetry Festival 2023. They are a playwright and illustrator based in the North East of England.

Tamsin is currently completing an AHRC funded PhD in Playwriting at Newcastle University. They are a member of the Orange Tree Writer’s Collective 21/22, and are a published playwright with Bloomsbury Methuen Drama for their play Cheer Up Slug which received a 4 star review from The Guardian.


The Advisory Board

Linda Anderson

Neil Astley

Imtiaz Dharker

Clare Lees

Alice Mullen

Sophie O’Neill

Molly Rosenberg