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Meet the Poet 

Ruby Robinson & ‘Exploring Poetry’ Workshop with Linda France. Read Regional Event 

Meet the poet Ruby Robinson and hear her read from her debut collection, Every Little Sound. Ruby’s acclaimed poems explore the way people interact, and the many ways in which we have the potential to harm and help each other. Local Northumberland poet Linda France is the winner of numerous poetry awards, her collections include The Simultaneous Dress and The Toast of the Kit-Cat Club: A Life of lady Mary Wortley Montagu.

"Exploring Poetry" Workshop with Linda France will take place at 6pm. Meet the Poet - Ruby Robinson will begin at 7.15pm. Tickets £4 per session or £6 for the full evening.

  • Venue: Morpeth Chantry
  • When: 18th May, 6pm (Workshop), 7.15pm (Reading)
  • Tickets: £4 per session, £6 full evening

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Poetry evening: A War poet who never went to War

The Life and Works of Cicely Fox Smith presented by Rob Barnes and Friends

Re-discovering one of England's foremost Northern poets of the first half of the 20th century.Rob Barnes and friends will be presenting a selection of her poems, and the stories behind them, in the overall context of her life at that time.These will cover both World Wars, but with emphasis on the 1914-18 conflict.
Event suitable for adults and children aged 10+
 

  • Venue: Morpeth Chantry
  • When: Tuesday 6th June, 7pm-8.30pm
  • Price: £4 

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Poetry Event- Gillian Allnut at Hexham Library Workshop 1

Un/Common Sense: Two Poetry Workshops with Gillian Allnutt. 

These two workshops are related but different. Each is self-contained and you are welcome to come to either or both.Making Sense Of It What does it mean when you read a poem and say ‘I can’t make head or tail of this but I really like it’? What can you do with that? What does it mean when you write such a poem yourself? And what can you make of it? In this workshop we’ll be writing and reading poems that seem to make no sense and yet in some way do.

  • Venue:Hexham Library
  • When:Saturday3rd June 2pm - 4pm
  • Price:£6

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Poetry Event- Gillian Allnut at Hexham Library Workshop 2

Un/Common Sense: Two Poetry Workshops with Gillian Allnutt - Choreography

In this second workshop we’ll look at how the movement and music of a word, a phrase, a line can help to connect and carry meaning and emotion in a poem. We’ll be reading two poems - differently choreographed, both expressive of grief - and working towards poems of our own.

  • Venue:Hexham Library
  • When:Saturday 6th June 2pm - 4pm
  • Price:£6

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