Poets celebrate opening

Poet Ann Porro
Poet Ann Porro

Eight north-east poets will be gathering to celebrate the re-opening of Alnwick’s Bailiffgate Museum.

The Eight@Bailiffgate event – described as ‘Greenwich Village hits Alnwick’ – is on Thursday, February 13.

It is one of a series of exciting events planned to mark the museum’s relaunch this month.

The eight poets who will be wowing Alnwick with their words are Scott Tyrrell, Degna Stone, Tony Williams, Steve Urwin, Jenni Pasco, Sheila Wakefield, Ann Porro and Peter Edge.

Scott Tyrell lives and works in Newcastle and his work has been published in a range of anthologies.

Sheila Wakefield runs Northumberland-based Red Squirrel Press, which publishes poetry and

prose. Degna Stone won a 2010 Northern Promise Award from New Writing North and has

performed on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb.

Steve Urwin is a widely respected spoken word performer throughout the North East and has a wide range of publications and awards to his name.

Tony Williams’s poetry publications include The Corner of Arundel Lane and Charles Street, he also writes prose fiction, and works at Northumbria University.

Ann Porro is Tyneside Cinema’s Open Slam Champion 2011 and regularly performs at venues all over the North-East.

She said: “‘Forget poetry at school. This is fast and furious poetry!

“We have pulled together many of the major performance poets in the region into one incredible show. They include published writers, winners of multiple slams, publishers. This is Greenwich Village hits Alnwick. Come and be amazed.”

Peter Edge lives locally and works at Alnwick Garden.

All are welcome to the performance evening which starts at 7pm. The £3 admission fee includes a glass of wine and a chance to see the refurbished museum before its official opening to the public.