Workshop with Alnwick poet in residence

Alnwick Library
Alnwick Library

Alnwick’s new poet in residence is holding a number of workshops, starting this week.

Residents and visitors are invited to join poet Carolyn Jess-Cooke on Thursday night at Alnwick Library for a friendly and informal discussion on poetry.

The workshop, from 7pm to 9pm, is free to attend, but contact 01670 622154 to book a place in advance.

At the first of a series of workshops, there will be an opportunity to talk about poetical writing and find out about the Northern Poetry Library, which houses the second largest poetry collection in England.

The group will meet to read, share and discuss poems from the library and will work towards creating a poem that will appear in a Northern Poetry Library anthology.

The workshops are open to all and it’s not necessary to write poetry already, or even to have read a great deal of it – an interest in finding out more is all that is required.

Carolyn is currently poet in residence in Alnwick, until April next year, as part of a project to raise the profile of the Northern Poetry Library, which is kept at Morpeth Library.

As well as the events at Alnwick Library, she is running workshops with the Year 9 students at the Duchess’s Community High School, HMP Northumberland and at the Bailiffgate Museum. The first public workshop at the museum is next Friday (November 27) from 1pm to 2.30pm.

Carolyn and four other poets in the county are working with local people on group poems and are being commissioned to create their own original pieces. All of the work will be inspired by works in the NPL collection and an exhibition at Woodhorn Museum will follow.