The Best Words in the Best Order

Poetry in Durham and the North East

This exhibition contemplates the story of poetry in the North East and takes an inspired look at the connections between poetry and life.

Originally shown at Woodhorn, The Best Words in the Best Order is influenced by the Northern Poetry Library and Palace Green Library collections. Located in Northumberland and Durham, the libraries are both important archives and living, breathing spaces that people can use and enjoy.

Beginning in 2015, six working poets spent time among the shelves of Northern Poetry Library, creating new poems inspired by the collection. They also took their love of the library outwards to communities across the region, where as poets-in-residence they led workshops that explored poetry and inspired people to write their own. Come and find out how they got on.

Libraries are reservoirs of strength, grace and wit, reminders of order, calm and continuity, lakes of mental energy, neither warm nor cold, light nor dark. Germaine Greer, writer, academic and feminist