In 1993 the Northern Poetry Library celebrated its 25th anniversary with a North East poetry festival. Now, as we approach NPL’s 50th year in 2018, the library sees a range of activities to herald a new era.

Poets-in-residence: the commissions

Six contemporary poets from the North East have been appointed as NPL poets in residence: Degna Stone, Lisa Matthews, Linda France, Jo Colley, John Challis and Carolyn Jess-Cooke. Each has been commissioned to write new poems inspired by residencies across Northumberland and in situ at the Northern Poetry Library.
Read the new poetry commissions

Exhibitions at Woodhorn Museum, Northumberland and Palace Green Library, Durham

Visit Storehouse of Words to discover the story of the Northern Poetry Library and the connections between poetry and life. The exhibition ran from 16th July – November 6th 2016 at Woodhorn Museum.
Storehouse of Words - Find out more

Running in tandem, Letterpress – A Lasting Impression presents the work of eight contemporary printmakers who are taking part in the 2016 International Print Biennale, and re-present the words and imagery of six poems by contemporary poets inspired by Northumberland’s Northern Poetry Library. Letterpress – A Lasting Impression runs from 22nd October – 5th November at Woodhorn Museum.
Letterpress – A Lasting Impression – find out more

The exhibition then travels to Durham where The Best Words In The Best Order: Poetry In Durham And The North East, will be on display at Palace Green Library from 20th November – 26th February 2017. Both exhibitions reveal the story of the Northern Poetry Library and take an inspired look at the connections between poetry and life.

Poetry projects, performances and on-the-spot writing

The November Club has staged a number of projects bringing the Northern Poetry Library to life. Pop-up performances, mystery missions in the local library, collaborative poetry reading and writing, and poetry workshops with a local  school, all inspired by Morpeth’s very own international poetry collection, have brought poetry to the streets of the town and introduced more people to the library and its collection.
Morpeth street poems on National Poetry Day

Anchored tersets written by students from King Edward VI school, Morpeth. Printed on a beautiful postcard set.

Among Woods and Water: a North East anthology from Berwick, Alnwick, Morpeth, Blyth, Hexham and Newcastle

The project has given rise to a new poetry anthology featuring writing generated in  groups and libraries across the region, working with NPL’s poets in residence and celebrating a love of poetry.
Read poems from Among Woods and Water

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