Duo bring poetry to town

As the streets of Morpeth will be busier than ever with the various festivities taking place, two fictional characters will be providing poetry on demand.

As the Morpeth Food and Drink Festival dominates the town this Saturday, visitors to the Market Place will also have another reason to have some fun.

Mr Doom and Mrs Bloom will be dressed up and out in force to provide a variety of different poems as part of the Northern Poetry Library.

The Arts Council funded scheme, brought by Morpeth-based performance company November Club, aims to raise the profile of the poetry housed in Morpeth’s library. The collection was established in 1968 and is the largest collection of modern poetry outside of London.

Mr Doom and Mrs Bloom will be going about the town centre on Saturday in search of the library, while also providing people with a taster of what the town’s poetry collection holds.

The two characters will be taking requests for poetry readings on the spot.

Working from a selection of the library’s poetry anthologies, Mrs Bloom is likely to read you something optimistic, light or amusing, while Mr Doom may bring you slightly darker, sad or sinister words.

The Northern Poetry Library project is one of five projects that Morpeth-based November Club is producing with poet Lisa Matthews to help raise the profile of the library and to bring its collection to life.

The various schemes are to run over an 18-month period at the Northern Poetry Library in Morpeth.

You will find the pair performing in the town between 10.30am and 11.30am, noon and 1.30pm and 2.30pm and 3.30pm. Visit www.novemberclub.org.uk for more information.