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This week – a reading and a workshop – do come if you can!




Wednesday 18th of May, 7pm – Smokestack Books Showcase

Poets Linda France and Paul Summers read from their new collections, The Knucklebone Floor and billy casper’s tears.

Linda France has published eight full collections, including RedThe Gentleness of the Very Tall, book of days (also published by Smokestack), You are Her and Reading the Flowers. She won the National Poetry Competition in 2013 and received a Cholmondley Award for her contribution to poetry in 2020. She curated the collective poems Murmuration (with Kate Sweeney) and Dawn Chorus (with Christo Wallers) as part of her Writing the Climate Residency with New Writing North and Newcastle University.

Paul Summers was born in Northumberland. A founding editor of the magazines Billy Liar and Liar Republic, he has written extensively for TV, film, radio and the theatre. His books include Cunawabi, The Rat’s Mirror, The Last Bus, Vermeer’s Dark Parlour, Big Bella’s Dirty Café and Three Men on the Metro (with Andy Croft and Bill Herbert). His most recent books are union, primitive cartography and straya (all published by Smokestack) and arise! He lives in North Shields.

And on Thursday at the Great North Museum…

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For Those Who Live Nearby…

Just to let you know I’m doing a reading at the lovely Lit & Phil on Wednesday night (15th May) at 7pm.


I’ll be reading from Border Song, my collaboration with Kim Lewis.

Sewing %22Sky's a cotton whole-cloth quilt stretched over us%22

And from new work that’s emerged from my recent botanical travels.

Grasses %22Beautiful, the landscape patched with sunlight%22

Do come along if you can, and let folk know who may not follow my posts here.  I look forward to seeing you.

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