While NPL is by no means restricted in its stock to poetry from the North – or even from the UK, Northern poets are particularly well represented. In addition to this project's poets-in-residence, Here is a tip-of-the-iceberg selection.
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Anne Ryland lives in Berwick and works as a part-time literacy tutor. Her poems have been widely published in magazines and anthologies and she won the Northern Promise Award from New Writing North in 2005. Many of her poems are inspired by an image or by a story and certain themes recur: letters, silence, water, the Northumbrian coastline, blue and grey, stitches, bones, stones.
Raine was born in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, in a prefab and what he has described as a 'bookless' household. He is known – both famously and infamously – for his sexually risqué poetry. In How Snow Falls (featured), Raine addresses themes of transformation in human nature and the natural world and confronts the quiddities of death and sex, memory and desire, commemoration and love.
Don Paterson was born in 1963 in Dundee, Scotland. He moved to London in 1984 to work as a jazz musician, and began writing poetry around the same time. His poetry has won a number of awards, including the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the Whitbread Poetry Prize, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award, and the T S Eliot Prize on two occasions. Most recently, Rain won the 2009 Forward prize. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Fellow of the English Association; he received the OBE in 2008 and the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2010.
Tony Harrison was born in Leeds. His honors include a Unesco fellowship, the Faber Memorial Award, a U.S. Bicentennial fellowship, and the European Poetry Translation Prize. He was made a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1984. He lives in Gosforth in Newcastle upon Tyne.
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There is poetry as soon as we realize that we possess nothing.John Cage, composer