Become a poetry detective

Special Agent Holly Hunch at Morpeth Library for the Poetry Detectives
Special Agent Holly Hunch at Morpeth Library for the Poetry Detectives

Youngsters are invited to become detectives to help solve a mystery of missing words with an award-winning theatre company.

Special Agent Holly Hunch, from November Club, is looking for children aged between five and 10 to help her with an exciting mission while discovering the impressive collection of poetry held in Morpeth’s own Northern Poetry Library.

Using their very own poetry detective notebooks, participants will help Special Agent Hunch to solve a series of clever clues – exploring the shelves of the library and creating some playful poetry along the way.

Currently housed upstairs in the town’s library and established in 1968, The Northern Poetry Library holds the largest collection of modern poetry outside of London.

The Poetry Detectives is one of several projects created by November Club – incorporating performance, poetry reading and writing – to help raise the profile of Morpeth’s own Northern Poetry Library and bring its collection to life.

Sarah Hudson, Learning and Participation Producer at November Club, said: “We’re really excited to be working with the poetry library – this event will be a fun and engaging introduction for children to the fantastic poetry collection we have here in Morpeth.”

Pat Hallam, senior librarian at Morpeth Library, said: “Children relate immediately to the clever wordplay, humour and puns of poets like Paul Cookson and Michael Rosen, but the collection also opens up to them the wider world of poetry through carefully selected anthologies designed to appeal to young minds.

The event takes place on Saturday, February 6, at 2pm and 3.30pm.

There will be drinks and cake served to celebrate their success. The event is part of National Libraries Day.

Places are limited to 15 per session/mission. Tickets are £2 and can be bought through the library on 01670 620 390. All children must be accompanied by an adult. See www.novemberclub.org.uk/thepoetrydetectives for more details.