Friday, 9 October 2015

New Writing North newsletter

Here is the latest New Writing North newsletter, featuring Durham Book Festival:

October 2015
Durham Book Festival
Happy National Poetry Day from Durham Book Festival
Join us at Durham Book Festival 2015 to celebrate and enjoy some of the best poetry from the North East and beyond. We’ve got workshops, opportunities for participation, new commissions, readings and performances. There’s something for every poet and every poetry reader.
Frances Leviston
Saturday 10 October, 2.30pm-3.30pm, Durham Town Hall (Burlison Gallery)
Frances Leviston’s first poetry collection, Public Dream, was one of the most acclaimed debuts of recent years and was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize for First Collection. Her vivid new collection, Disinformation, addresses one of the key questions of the age: how have we come to know what we think we more
Dead [Women] Poets Society
Saturday 10 October, 5pm-6pm, Empty Shop HQ
Who are the Dead Women Poets? How “dead” are they? And what is our relationship to them, as contemporary women, poets, artists, “queens of the whole world”? Join four emerging women poets from across the UK—Jasmine Simms, Sarah Fletcher, Helen Bowell and Katie Byford—for an evening exploring the lost female voices of the poetic canon. Through a process of readings and reflections, we will briefly re-examine the the voices of four dead female poets, exploring their influence on our writing and identities more
Firm of Poets: The People’s Republic of Poetry
Saturday 10 October, Workshop: 1pm-3pm, Performance: 6.30pm-7.30pm, Empty Shop HQ
A cross between a poetic super-group and Whose Line Is It Anyway? the show is fast-paced and never the same twice. As part of the show, participants will be invited to submit one of their poems to an online document, ‘The People’s Republic of Poetry’, which will grow as the tour makes its way around the country. Poets will include Ralph Dartford, Matt Abbott, Jenni Pascoe (replacing Helen Mort) and Matthew Hedley more
The Poetry Exchange: A poem recorded especially for you
Saturday 10 October, St Chad's College Chapel
You are invited to visit the Poetry Exchange team at St Chad’s Chapel and share a poem that has been a friend to you. You will have a cup of tea and talk about your poem, and in exchange for your nomination you will receive a gift: a personal bespoke recording of your chosen poem inspired by the conversation and your thoughts. People are invited to come individually and sessions last a maximum of 45 minutes. Time slots more
Living Landscapes with Sean O’Brien and Laura Harrington
Sunday 11 October, 1.30pm-2.30pm, Durham Town Hall (Burlison Gallery)
Sean O’Brien’s Notes from Underground explores WH Auden’s relationship with the North Pennines. Ahead of its world premiere, Sean will talk about the process of putting this new song-cycle together and what inspired him to write it. Artist Laura Harrington is similarly drawn to the North Pennines, focusing in particular on peatland landscapes. Her work involves an exploration of this dynamic and lively ecosystem through words, film and sound. Together Sean and Laura will talk more
Poetry Exchange: Conversations Through Poems
Sunday 11 October, 11am-12pm, Durham Town Hall (Burlison Gallery)
Join The Poetry Exchange team of writers and actors for an event that sparks conversations about poems and their place in our lives. The Poetry Exchange invites people to nominate a poem that has been a friend to them and in exchange creates a recording of the poem inspired by their feelings about the poem. In this event, find out more about this approach and listen in on the stories behind the poems that have been brought to The Poetry Exchange so far. In advance of the event, you are invited to nominate/send in the title of a poem that has acted as a friend to more
A Year in Beadnell: Lisa Matthews and Melanie Ashby
Sunday 11 October, 2.30pm-3.30pm, Empty Shop HQ
Part-performance, part-living artists’ journal and part-celebration of the works of marine biologist Rachel Carson. Encounter the sights and sounds of Northumberland’s coastline and participate in a spontaneous voice installation that will become part of A Year in Beadnell. With new artworks by Lisa Matthews and Melanie Ashby, this event gives a rare insight into the creative more
Stevie Ronnie: Arctica
Sunday 11 October, 4pm-5.30pm, Empty Shop HQ
In July 2013 Durham Book Festival supported writer and multidisciplinary artist Stevie Ronnie to visit the Arctic Circle as part of the Arctic Circle international residency programme. Arctica is a year-long series of interlinked artworks on the subject of climate change that Stevie has made in response to that experience. The performance, Arctica, directed by Melanie Rashbrooke, is a one-man spoken word show that explores the themes of climate change, death, light and dark through a first person more
Clare Pollard: Ovid’s Heroines
Sunday 11 October, 5pm-6pm, Palace Green Library (Wolfson Gallery)
Ovid’s Heroides, written in Rome some time around 20BC, is a series of letter poems in the voices of women from Greek and Roman myth. Women—including Medea, Penelope and Ariadne—address the men they love. Poet Clare Pollard’s new free verse translation (Bloodaxe Books) rediscovers Ovid’s Heroines for the 21st century, bringing to life a cast of women who are brave, bitchy, sexy, horrifying, heartbreaking and surprisingly more
Haggs and High Places evening event
Wednesday 14 October, 6pm-8pm, The Norman Chapel, Durham Castle
A shared passion for peat provided the impetus for a collaboration between artist Laura Harrington and physical scientist Jeff Warburton. Their joint project focuses on Moss Flats, an upland peat flat in the North Pennines, and involves an exploration of this dynamic and lively ecosystem through words, film and sound. The book, Haggs and High Places, brings together their work, with poems by Josephine Dickinson, to explore and illustrate the pull and experience of Moss Flats. With a reading by Josephine Dickinson at 7pm and an opportunity to view the exhibition The Liveliest of Elements: An Ordinary Extraordinary more
Sean O’Brien, Agustín Fernández and Royal Northern Sinfonia present: Notes from Underground
Thursday 15 October, 7pm-8.40pm, Gala Theatre
We are delighted to present a major new Durham Book Festival commission as part of this year’s programme. Notes from Underground is a collaboration between award-winning poet Sean O’Brien and composer Agustín Fernández. This cycle of songs is inspired by poet WH Auden’s interest in the North Pennines and in particular in the lead mining industry there. The place held a near-religious and deeply ambiguous importance for Auden all his life. The song more
Northern Poetry with Jo Colley, Christy Ducker and Cynthia Fuller
Saturday 17 October, 3pm-4pm, Palace Green Library (Wolfson Gallery)
This event celebrates some of the best in contemporary poetry, from three poets who live and work here in the North East. Jo Colley will read from her new collection Bones of Birds, which looks at flying and falling, the earth and the sky, a celebration of all those who achieve the miracle of flight. Christy Ducker will introduce Skipper, a collection with subjects ranging from St Cuthbert to Grace Darling. Cynthia Fuller will present Estuary, which looks back to the shifting estuary landscape of her youth and its continuing haunting more
Best of Bloodaxe and Faber with Maura Dooley and Bernard O’Donoghue
Saturday 17 October, 4.30pm-5.30pm, Palace Green Library (Wolfson Gallery)
Join two acclaimed poets, both published by Bloodaxe Books and Faber. Maura Dooley’s collections include Explaining Magnetism and Kissing a Bone, both of which are Poetry Book Society Recommendations. Life Under Water (2008) was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. Bernard O’Donoghue was born in County Cork and was a tutor at Wadham College, Oxford, until 2011. He has published seven volumes of poems, most recently Farmers Cross. His Selected Poems was published by Faber in more
Sinéad Morrissey: Festival Laureate
Saturday 17 October, 6pm-7pm, Palace Green Library (Wolfson Gallery)
We’re delighted to welcome award-winning poet Sinéad Morrissey as this year’s Durham Book Festival Laureate. Sinéad will premiere a specially commissioned poem inspired by her time in Durham, as part of her public event at the festival. Produced in partnership with Durham University, the Festival Laureate has become an established part of the festival programme. Sinéad will visit two County Durham secondary schools during her visit, as well as reading for Durham more

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