Poets to take centre stage

A poem was written about Hollon Tea
A poem was written about Hollon Tea

Three months of planning will come to an end next week when a variety of local poets will come together for a special evening of poetry.

The Morpeth Poetry Recital, which is in aid of the children’s bone cancer charity, Henry Dancer Days, will feature poetry of a local theme, including poetry in the Northumbrian dialect.

More than 100 poems were presented to a panel of judges, who have an interest and expertise in the area. They were then shortened down to 25 , which will be performed on the night.

The individuals whose poems have been chosen may either elect to read their poems themselves, nominate someone else to do so, or allow the organisers to select an appropriate person to read them.

The event is set to take place in Morpeth’s town hall on Thursday, December 3, and organiser Barbara Ross said that the event could be a real ‘community event’.

“The poems have been sent to us from as far afield as America and Australia...many of them written about Morpeth, and with great affection.

“One very beautiful poem has been written which tells the story of the Hollon Fountain, and was actually read to the annuitants at this year’s Hollon Tea, by its author Barbara Pringle.”

The charity behind the event, Henry Dancer Days, will benefit from the event. It was set up in memory of 12-year-old Henry Dancer who died as a result of Osteosarcoma in 2012.

Henry’s mum, Jane Nattras, said: “This is a wonderful way to support our local heritage and the creativity of the people we live among. I’m delighted that Barbara has chosen us as beneficiary. The children we help would be so thankful.”

Tickets costs £7, which includes wine and cheese with entertainment from poet Raymond Reed.

The event starts at 7pm and tickets are available from The Sun Inn and Bin 21 or email morpethpoetryrecital@gmail.com