Kate Sweeney

Kate Sweeney is an artist based in the North East of England. Her video pieces have screened and been exhibited nationally and internationally including Sydney International Film Festival, Zebra Film Festival in Berlin, Manchester Animation Festival, AnimaTricks in Helsinki and International Poetry Festival in London. Kate is currently a research associate at Newcastle University, and… Continue reading Kate Sweeney

Anastasia Taylor-Lind

Anastasia Taylor-Lind is an English/Swedish photojournalist covering issues relating to women, war and violence. She is a National Geographic Magazine photographer, a TED fellow and a 2016 Harvard Nieman fellow. She writes poems about contemporary conflicts and the experiences she cannot photograph.

Neil Astley

Neil Astley is the editor of Bloodaxe Books which he founded in 1978. His books include many anthologies, most notably those in the Staying Alive series: Staying Alive (2002), Being Alive (2004), Being Human (2011) and Staying Human (2020), along with three collaborations with Pamela Robertson-Pearce, Soul Food and the DVD-books In Person: 30 Poets… Continue reading Neil Astley

Harry Josephine Giles

Harry Josephine Giles is a writer and performer from Orkney, living in Leith. Their verse novel Deep Wheel Orcadia was published by Picador in October 2021 and was a Poetry Book Society Winter Selection. Their poetry collections The Games (Out-Spoken Press, 2018) and Tonguit (Freight Books 2015) were between them shortlisted for the Forward Prize… Continue reading Harry Josephine Giles

Workshop 4: Hannah Lowe

Saturday 7 May, 12.00-14.00 Percy Building, Newcastle University £20 Breaking the Sonnet This workshop will consider the contemporary sonnet or ‘little song’ as it translates from the Italian – often described as a ‘box’ because of its visual look and tight formal constraints. We will read and discuss a range of sonnets by formal sonneteers to sonnet experimenters, looking at how… Continue reading Workshop 4: Hannah Lowe

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