Saturday, 28 February 2009

A Strong Song Tows Us

A Strong Song Tows Us

Award-winning writer Lee Hall (Billy Elliot and The Pitman Painters) goes on a personal journey through a history of English poetry.

In “A Strong Song Tows Us,” Lee examines an alternative tradition where poetry is the preserve of ordinary working people - and not just the formally educated. Exploring the themes of class, art, politics and culture, he uncovers the surprising history of the Northern contribution to English poetry. Stretching back to the Dark Ages, Lee reveals English poetry’s hidden history, where Sunderland cork-cutters save Walt Whitman; shipyard workers hang out with Allen Ginsberg; indigent pitmen poets dine with Pre-Raphaelite littérateurs; and errant Geordie schoolboys commune with Ezra Pound.

The programme focuses on the unlikely meeting between a 16-year-old schoolboy and one of the great Modernists of English Literature, Basil Bunting, which resulted in the flowering of Newcastle as an international destination for the whole Beatnik generation.

Tall Tales & Short Stories

Tall Tales & Short Stories will be at Morden Tower 20 March 09 on World Story Telling Day
more about Tall Tales & Short Stories here here

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2009.

Thursday 3 March
Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2009.
Poetry Competition for 16 - 17 year olds with the Poetry Society

Inviting teachers, youth leaders and education practitioners to attend the launch to find out more about the Foyle Young Poets Award, as well as the Poetry Society’s extensive programme ofwork in schools and with budding young poets.

The Sage Gateshead
Hall two - 4.30-5.30pm for light refreshments - 5.30-7.00pm for main event
Free but ticketed

For more details of the competition, please visit:
or email Bea Colley

Tall Tales & Short Stories

Sunday, 15 February 2009

Tall Tales

Pictures from the Tall Tales 'Winter Tales' event at the tower

Sunday School Adventure Club