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50th Anniversary Celebrations of the Northern Poetry Library in Morpeth

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50th Anniversary Celebrations of the Northern Poetry Library in Morpeth

The Northern Poetry Library (NPL) based at The Chantry building in Morpeth is the largest collection of post-World War II poetry in England outside of London. The library has come together with local performing arts company November Club to celebrate its 50th birthday. 

 Image © Topher McGrillis

Image © Topher McGrillis

The festivities include a visit to Morpeth by The Remarkable Dr McCavity and his Travelling Surgery. On Saturday 21 July between 11.00 and 16.00, the esteemed Doctor will take to the streets of Morpeth. Inspired by nineteenth-century quack practitioners of all sorts and accompanied by his glamorous assistant Ginger Vitis, November Club’s very own Quack Dentist will dispense, for one day only, very special prescriptions in rhyme to mark the NPL’s anniversary…but you’ll have to experience his notoriously hilarious tooth-drawing skills to get one!

Meanwhile, at the NPL, the Poem of the North will be launched at 14.00. This newly commissioned digital artwork will feature new poems from writers with a northern connection. To celebrate the launch of this special anniversary project, a poetry reading by Northern poets and local people who have selected their favourite poems from the collection will take place at the Chantry. Everyone is welcome.

 Image © Topher McGrillis

Image © Topher McGrillis

The Remarkable Dr McCavity and his Travelling Surgery will take place on the streets of Morpeth town centre. 

See www.novemberclub.org.uk for details of the route

The launch of the Poem of the North will take place at The Northern Poetry Library, The Chantry, Bridge Street, Morpeth NE61 1PD

Information:

Contact: 01670 623455 or mylibrary@activenorthumberland.org.uk

Website: www.poemofthenorth.co.uk or www.northernpoetrylibrary.org.uk/whats-on.html

Address: The Northern Poetry Library, The Chantry, Bridge Street, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 1PD