Monday 1 April 2013

Poetry Returns to Morden Tower! 

Tuesday 9th April 2013

Award-winning Newcastle poet Catherine Graham reading from her first full collection Things I Will Put In My Mother's Pocket. (Indigo Dreams Publishing).

These poems explore intimacy and distance, the breathtaking strangeness of everyday situations, and the many faces of pain and hope." Peter Bennet

Graham writes with a sharp eye for detail, building glorious pictures that reveal and explore her subjects in new and exciting ways. She is incisive, direct and there is something fresh about her approach and style that makes these poems very readable and memorable.” Jim Bennett.

Joining Catherine will be Sheree Mack (ID on Tyne Press) who will be reading from her latest collections.

START: 7.30pm.
ENTRY: £4.00

Monday 9 May 2011

The Poet’s Mate.

John Wilson's funeral is being held at the city crematorium at 1pm on Friday 13.
John was a good friend of Morden Tower in its early days ( he rigged up the electricity often for us when the tower gas lit). When Lee Hall made his radio programme about poetry in the North he interviewed John who reminisced about clocking - in to Swan Hunters shipyard in the mornings and escaping over the wall to hang out in the tower through the day. He frequently accompanied Tom Pickard to gigs and referred to himself as a 'poet's mate'. He will be greatly missed.

Tuesday 6 July 2010

Girl With The Replaceable Head: Saturday 10 July

"A band literally stuffed with fabulous tunes, and they’re whacking ten of them on their new album 'Death In Gateshead', which is being released in July."

Free album for the first 20 audience members

The Crack.

more info

Start: 8.00pm

Entry: £4.

Haiku Workshop: Sunday 11 July at the Laing Gallery

A special haiku event on Sunday, 11 July, when members of the B.H.S. Yorks/Lancs Group (including haiku poets, editors and teachers Martin Lucas and Fred Schofield) will travel up to join the North East Group in order to visit the'Japanese Wave' exhibition at the Laing Gallery, Newcastle. The exhibition mainly comprises numerous woodblock prints of landscapes, actors from the kabuki theatre and courtesans of the Yoshawara district by major artists of the Edo period.

We will meet at the Laing at 2p.m. where a room has been allocated for our use. If you wish, you are also warmly invited to join us beforehand at 12.30 p.m. in the second floor cafe of the Tyneside Cinema.

For further information and to reserve a place, please contact

Start: 2.00pm

Monday 28 June 2010

Wor Poets at Theatre Royal NewcastleTuesday 29th June

7.30 – 9.00pm

Wor Poets came from Africa, Asia and The Caribbean and have joined UK counterparts to become an intercultural asset for North East England. Following their success at the legendary Morden Tower as part of the Newcastle “Late Shows” in May, Wor Poets return for a feast of poetry to be served at the Learning Suite at Theatre Royal Newcastle.

Wor Poets is about a shared experience of life in our region from multiple perspectives. Their poetry is insightful and funny, sometimes offering the lyrical lilts of different languages to create beautiful aural soundscapes. Above all, Wor Poets always offer an enjoyable evening out. We hope you'll take this opportunity to see some real local talent shine and help them to raise their profile in our region and beyond.

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£5/£3 (concessions) available at the door

Wednesday 4 November 2009

Thursday 29 October 2009

Monday 20 July 2009

Gordon Burn
16 January 1948 - 17 July 2009

Guardian Obituary here
Faber & Faber here