SPEAK: A New Poetry Salon for the North East

Suzannah V. Evans introduces SPEAK: Salon, a new venture between Durham and York that invites everyone to experience poetry in performance. The first free salon is 11th June, 18.30, in Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre.

SPEAK: Salon is a new and occasional poetry salon based between the cities of Durham and York, and open to all. The aim of the salon is to fill these two places (even more so) with poetry; to create a space for innovative poetic experiment; to revel in the performative aspect of poetry; to bring members of the universities and the public together; to celebrate the differences between page and stage; to collaborate; to read and recite and chant and SPEAK.

The focus of SPEAK: Salon will be the creative, but there will also be space for the critical, and I envisage that we may hold (very) occasional talks by those whose work straddles the creative and the critical, in addition to irregular poetry performances.

The first SPEAK: Salon event will be with the York-based poets Rebecca Tamás and Karl O’Hanlon on Tuesday 11 June at 18.30 in Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre. If you have any questions, please do get in touch via speakpoetrysalon@gmail.com, or follow @speaklitsalon on Twitter. Along with my co-host Madeline Potter, I look forward to welcoming you.

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