Amanda makes a name for herself

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A MORPETH author is making a name for herself with her comedy performance poetry.

Amanda Baker has written two novels for adults and last year her first children’s book — Eleanor and the Dragons of Death — was published.

She has also been on stage reading and performing her poetry based on observations, which provides plenty of satirical humour.

And in recent months she has been wowing audiences in different parts of the region and country, helped by the North East’s growing reputation for this type of entertainment.

Ms Baker, who lives in Kirkhill, said: “The performance poetry has really taken off in a fantastic way.

“As well as a number of local shows, I’ve performed it at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Hull Truck Theatre and the Washington Arts Centre.

“Something which has become apparent over the last year is how big performance poetry is becoming in the North East. And when I’ve gone to other parts of the country, I’ve discovered that event organisers look to the north east for it, which has been a complete revelation to me.”

The writer’s latest performance was yesterday at The Arc in Stockton as part of an ensemble of female talent.

It also featured paintings by Jayamina De Silva, photographs by Shirley Anne Wood, a film of work by actress and writer Sue Buchan and visual storyteller, musician and designer Hayley Rodgers.

“It was very exciting for us to have a platform to showcase our work together on one evening,” said Ms Baker.

“Promoters and venue managers were invited along, so hopefully there will more bookings for us or work of another nature to follow.”