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Saturday 10th August

Writing Lichen

Workshop at The Sill, Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland

11 – 4.30



5th – 19th July

Scholarship at British School of Rome



26th February – 7th March

Poetry School Gingko Prize Residency at Cill Rialaig Artists’ Village, Co. Kerry



24th April

Reading at Scottish Poetry Library, 7pm

5 Crichton’s Close, Edinburgh, EH8 8DT



28th April

Nine from the North: A Celebration of Women Poets

Hexham Book Festival, Queen’s Hall, Hexham

6.30 – 8.30pm

with Linda Anderson, Christy Ducker, Cynthia Fuller, Pippa Little, Lisa Matthews, Ellen Phethean and Anne Ryland



1st May

More Question than Answer: Workshop

Newcastle Poetry Festival

Newcastle University

2 – 4pm



20th May

Exploring Poetry Workshop

Read Regional Event with John Challis

Gateshead Library




21st May

National Trust Writing Workshop

Gibside, Tyne & Wear

10 – 1.30



22nd May

National Trust Writing Workshop

Gibside, Tyne & Wear

2 – 4.30



5th June

Exploring Poetry Workshop

Read Regional Event with John Challis & Clare Shaw

Crown Street Library, Darlington

1.30 pm



19th June

Banipal Reading

Durham University




Scholarship, British School at Rome






Reading at launch of Long Poem Magazine Issue 18

Barbican Centre Library, London

November 20th 6 – 9pm





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

20th April

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.




Keats House

Monday 9th June 2014


Poems from Linda’s Botanical Grand Tour and her forthcoming collection, Heliconia.

7 – 8.30 pm



Bridlington Poetry Festival

Sunday 15th June 2014

Reading with Rommi Smith

Sewerby Hall

3.15 – 4.15pm



Writing into Summer Retreat

Dhanakosa, Scotland

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.



Ledbury Poetry Festival

Friday 11th July 2014

12.45 – 1.45 pm

Burgage Hall

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

4th November 2013, 17:30 to 18:30, Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan’s College, Linda France

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.


Stevie Ronnie and Linda France: Voyages of Discovery

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

Booking info
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.

‘His work is elegiac and satirical, interested in history, politics and the imagination’
Independent on Sunday

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.

“…simply delightful…France has long established herself as a major British voice.”
Jane Holland, Poetry Review

Tickets £8/£5(under 18s and students) from the Hearth Cafe 01661 853 563  

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