Community helps to inspire poets’ work

Northern Poetry Library Poetry Anthology
Northern Poetry Library Poetry Anthology

A specially commissioned anthology of North East poetry is set to be launched by the Northern Poetry Library.

‘Among Woods and Water’ is a collection of poems penned by Northern Poetry Library poets in residence and celebrates the region’s poetic legacy, and future.

The works reflect the experiences of the poets in residence who have spent time with members of the public across the library’s native North East.

Poets worked with the community groups to explore different poetic forms and encourage more people to create poetry.

The anthology features one original poem by each of the six poets and separate collaborative pieces devised by groups.

Lisa Matthews, the Northern Poetry Library’s lead poet in residence, said: “Among Woods and Water is a beautiful exploration of North East poetry.

“Our poets were commissioned to create pieces that speak about the region and most importantly the people who inspire all of the works in our library.

“This anthology is an important record of the communities they worked with, and their poetic experiences and feelings.”

A series of live readings will help to launch the anthology in with an event at Morpeth Library with Jo Colley and Lisa Matthews on July 7 at 3.30pm.