Poets promote peace

Fiona Shaw
Fiona Shaw

ONE of the country’s finest classical actors, Fiona Shaw, talks about her personal relationship with poetry, and introduces the most romantic project in the Cultural Olympiad, Peace Camp, in Alnwick tonight.

Created by Shaw and director Deborah Warner, Peace Camp is a poignant exploration of love poetry and a celebration of the extraordinary variety and beauty of our coastline.

Katrina Porteous

Katrina Porteous

The project will take the form of a series of installations at locations encircling the coast of the UK this summer – including at Dunstanburgh castle.

Award-winning Fiona Shaw is one of our best-known actors, with numerous stage credits at the National Theatre, Barbican, West End and on Broadway.

She is also an accomplished film and TV actress, featuring as Aunt Petunia in the Harry Potter films and most recently in the TV series True Blood.

Now Shaw invites you to bring along your favourite love poems and join her in a conversation about love poetry in all its many forms.

Your nomination may even be included in the soundscape being specially created for Peace Camp.

Fiona will be joined at this special event by the poet, historian and broadcaster Katrina Porteous.

Katrina Porteous’ poetry collections include The Lost Music (Bloodaxe 1996), Longshore Drift and The Blue Lonnen.

Her many long landscape poems for BBC radio include ‘Dunstanburgh’, a human and natural history of the castle, now published by Smokestack Books.

She is patron of Alnwick Playhouse Writers and President of the Northumbrian Language Society, which promotes the use of Northumbrian dialect.

The event takes place in Barter Books tonight at 7.30pm and tickets cost £5 to include a glass of wine.

Tickets available on the door but priority given to advance bookings. To book in advance, call 01665 604888 or email john@barterbooks.co.uk