Six living poets
Six poets spent time among the shelves of NPL and with small groups across Northumberland - from Berwick in the North to Newcastle in the South of the region. They were invited to write poems inspired by their residencies.
For the library
Lead poet Lisa Matthews - who once worked as a library assistant - spent a summer exploring the collection and experiencing the library's day-to-day movements. She dedicates three poems to NPL.
Woods and water
On approaching its 50th year, we celebrate the Northern Poetry Library with an anthology, Among Woods and Water: small groups across the North East coming together to generate new poems inspired by the library.
Community groups across the library’s native North East met several times to take part in workshops led by NPL poets-in-residence. Working together, they have produced poems wonderfully evocative of place and experience.
Each of NPL's poets-in-residence gift a poem written alongside the groups they worked with to the library's own anthology, Among Woods and Water. You can read them – and listen to some of them as well, here.
National Poetry Day 2016, on the streets of Morpeth, home of the Northern Poetry Library, a librarian and a computer geel, armed with special notebooks, approached members of the public to ask for poems.
Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future. Ray Bradbury, science fiction writer