Lit & Phil, Newcastle
12th April 6.30/7 – 9
Two Rivers and the Sea
Work from Lisa Matthew’s and Melanie Ashby’s Year in Beadnell project.
School of English, Leeds University
Reading with Malika Booker, Helen Mort and Rommi Smith
Hexham Book Festival
23rd April, 2.30
Reading the Flowers
New poetry collection – launch event
Newcastle Poetry Festival, NCLA
5th May, 6.30
Reading with Colette Bryce & Sean O’Brien
Some readings coming up in Autumn 2014 –
Cheltenham Literature Festival 8th October
Durham Book Festival 12th October
Hatton Gallery, Newcastle 16th October
T-Junction Festival, Middlesbrough 17th – 19th October
Thursday 5th June 2014
7.15pm, G.05, Percy Building, Newcastle University
National Poetry Competition Reading with Carolyn Jess-Cooke and Danica Ognjenovic.
Monday 9th June 2014
Poems from Linda’s Botanical Grand Tour and her forthcoming collection, Heliconia.
7 – 8.30 pm
Sunday 15th June 2014
Reading with Rommi Smith
3.15 – 4.15pm
20th June to 27th June 2014
with Larry Butler and Ratnadevi
A combination of creative and reflective writing, meditation and Buddhist teachings – the opportunity to refresh ourselves, re-evaluate and re-commit to our truest values – a celebration of life at the Summer Solstice.
Friday 11th July 2014
12.45 – 1.45 pm
National Poetry Competition Reading with Elaine Gaston and Josephine Abbott.
6.30 – 7.30pm
Baptist Church Hall
Moon & Meadow
Two live sound pieces with sound recordist Chris Watson.
IAS Fellow’s Public Lecture – Poetry Reading
Breathing Light: The Poetry of Plants
A year-long Residency at Moorbank, Newcastle University’s Botanic Garden, prompted further exploration of the ‘exotic’ plants under glass in their natural habitats. Linda will be reading new poems that will form the core of a new collection, currently titled Heliconia, from her research trip to Botanic Gardens in Padua, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo. She will consider the influence of light, climate and ideas of otherness on her investigations into how to read what isn’t written, translate the visual into the verbal and achieve the indefinable ‘lightness’ poetry requires.
This poetry reading is free and open to all.
Lindisfarne: Poetry In Progress
Sunday 27th October, BBC Radio 4 at 4.30pm
In the year that the Lindisfarne Gospel returned to the North-East, 12 poets and a digital sound artist discuss their contemporary responses to the island’s priceless book.
After four centuries, the Lindisfarne Gospel book returned to the region in which it was made – not as far as the island itself but to Palace Green Library in Durham.
The Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts commissioned 12 poets to respond to the book and to the almost-island on which it was created.
Beaty Rubens followed the poets’ progress – sharing crab sandwiches and beer on a coach-trip to the island back in the spring and hearing about their progress over the summer and early autumn as they each wrote and recorded their poems. Finally, she hears from the digital artist who created two installations where the poems could be enjoyed by the public.
This is the story of their Poetry In Progress.
Poet Stevie Ronnie presents a brand new Durham Book Festival commission inspired by his recent trip on the Cape Farewell boat to the Arctic. Meanwhile, poet Linda France reports back on her Botanicals project, a Durham Book Festival 2012 commission that took her to botanical gardens across the globe. Chaired by Caroline Beck.
Saturday 12 October, 2pm-3pm
St Chad’s College Chapel
18 North Bailey
(Please enter the college to access the chapel)
Tel: 0191 334 3358
Tickets: £8/£6 from the Gala Theatre on 03000 266 600 or through the Gala website
The Hearth, Horsley, Northumberland
An evening of poetry readings with Sean O’Brien and Linda France
Friday 27th September, 7.30pm
Sean O’Brien is a poet, critic, broadcaster, anthologist and editor. He grew up in Hull and lives in Newcastle upon Tyne. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He has published a number of collections of poems which have won awards including the Forward Poetry Prize and TS Eliot Prize. Sean will be reading from his Collected Poems, published in 2012, and new, unpublished work from his next individual collection, due out from Picador in 2015.
Linda France lives close to Hadrian’s Wall, near Hexham. She has published a series of poetry collections and has worked on a number of collaborations with visual artists and musicians, and on around 40 Public Art projects. Several of her collaborations have been with Hearth Artist Kim Lewis, with pamphlets of poems ‘Through the Garden Gate’ and ‘Border Song’ which Kim illustrated. Linda often returns to the subject of landscape and flora, and this evening will be reading from her new poems based on a Grand Tour of some of the world’s Botanic Gardens.
Jane Holland, Poetry Review
Tickets £8/£5(under 18s and students) from the Hearth Cafe 01661 853 563