Celebrating spoken words

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick.
Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick.

An acclaimed North East poet will talk about her work and read from her new collection at a special night to celebrate National Poetry Day.

Alnwick’s Bailiffgate Museum is delighted to welcome Tyneside poet Catherine Graham on Thursday, October 2, at 7pm.

It is part of the museum’s series of nights, called Poetry @ the B, but entry is free for one night only to help celebrate this annual event in the poetry calendar.

This is a wonderful opportunity to hear the poet talk about her work, answer questions and read some of her latest poems.

Copies of Things I Will Put In My Mother’s Pocket and other books will be available for purchase.

Catherine has received numerous awards, including a Northern Voices Poetry Award and the Northumberland Writers’ Special Award, and was one of The Poetry Kit’s top five recommended books for 2011.

Catherine has read at numerous poetry events including the Durham Literature Festival, Northern Stage, the Liverpool International Weekend of Poetry and a number of Amnesty International Poetry Benefits.

In his review of Things I Will Put In My Mother’s Pocket, Peter Bennet wrote: ‘Skilfully plucked images are spun across the reader’s attention with playful bravado. Tyneside has produced a new poet. Catherine Graham is the real thing.’

Museum trustee Jane Mann said: “The poet is very well-known and there is huge public support for the spoken word, especially when it is live performance poetry.

“Performance poetry is a big thing in the region and nationally too. And Bailiffgate is doing its bit to promote and support it.”