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Suitable for ages 16+
A poetry reading by three North East Writers
Join Alistair Robinson, Ric Hool and Josephine Scott as they read from, and discuss, their latest poetry collections. There’ll also be an opportunity for the audience to ask any questions.
Among his poetry publications are South of Souter (Sand, 2003), Stereograms of the Dead (Red Squirrel Press, 2009) and The Land Before Yoghurt (Red Squirrel Press, 2014). His new collection, also from Red Squirrel Press, is entitled As Blind As Rain. In 2004 he won a Northern Promise award for his poetry from New Writing North. Alistair is a Senior Lecturer in Journalism at the University of Sunderland, where he runs the BA Journalism degree programme. For many years he worked as an arts journalist. He is the author of two books on the history of Sunderland Empire Theatre and one on the history of Sunderland. Alistair plays guitar with the Bicycle Thieves jazz trio. His compositions for the band’s debut album, Stolen Moment (Road Goes on Forever Records), were published in the USA by Bug Music.
Ric Hool has 11 collections of published poetry and has his work featured in poetry magazines & journals in Europe, USA & UK. He was the Welsh Academy poet for the Abergavenny Food Festival 2009, also Academy poet representative for the London South Bank London Global Poetry System 2009 and has run the reading series Poetry Upstairs for 30 years. The first publication of Last Fair Deal Gone Down, a docu-story conflating the lives of the author, seminal blues singer/guitarist Robert Johnson and Eric Clapton, was published in Fulcrum No. 6 (Annual of Poetry & Aesthetics) USA. His poetic themes are the psychological and geographical impact of place, time and space on the human experience. Water is a totem, poured from place to place and from experience to experience: an agent of informing. Ric Hool is from Northumberland but lives in Wales.
Josephine Scott was born in Northumberland and spent her childhood in Australia. She has three poetry collections; Sparkle and Dance (2009) Rituals (2014) and When Rain Becomes Memory (2020) all published by Red Squirrel Press. Work has recently been included in This Cullercoats Anthology (Iron Press 2019) and also in Double Bill Anthology (Red Squirrel Press 2014). Poems have featured in poetry magazines throughout Europe and the UK.
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