New Podcast: Poet Caroline Bird Speaks to the 98 Percent

Stream here or download via your favourite podcast player. “Poetry doesn’t ask you how old you are at the door”, says Caroline Bird, reflecting on the fact that her first collection, Looking at Letterboxes, was published when she was aged just 15. Since then, Caroline has authored four more collections, won numerous awards, and been... Continue Reading →

Lord of the Flies, Female Leaders and a Fragile Democracy: An Interview with Director Annie Rigby on Staging William Golding’s Novel

An island where the rule of law is contested. A group of young people entering adulthood. Given the political context of our times nationally, and with new students starting at university here in Durham, now seems a perfect moment to perform a theatrical adaptation of William Golding's Lord of the Flies, in a co-production between Gala... Continue Reading →

New Podcast: Liz Berry’s Locations and Locutions

Stream here or download via your favourite podcast player. The title of Liz Berry’s first, multi-award-winning poetry collection, Black Country, signals her place of birth - and unsurprisingly the book was described by reviewers as a ‘sooty, soaring hymn to her native West Midlands’. A more symbolic place is visited in her second pamphlet, The... Continue Reading →

New Podcast: Polly Atkin on the Places of Her Poetry

Polly Atkin published her first full length poetry collection, Basic Nest Architecture, in 2017. Like her two pamphlets before it - bone song (2008) and Shadow Dispatches (2013) – Basic Nest Architecture won critical acclaim, including New Writing North’s Andrew Waterhouse Prize. Suzannah V. Evans chatted with Polly about the roots of her poetic life in places... Continue Reading →

It’s Just a Trick of the Light: Mark Burgess of The Chameleons on Literature and Music

How does music express themes of loss, love, and mortality? How do musical instruments articulate their own poetry? Curtis Runstedler has a conversation with Mark Burgess, the vocalist of the cult classic post-punk band The Chameleons, on the literary aspects of post-punk music. Mark discusses his literary interests and his insights on performance, reality, memories,... Continue Reading →

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