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International Poetry Symposium: IN/OUT PLACE


9th-10th May 2024, Northern Stage, Newcastle Upon Tyne
We're delighted to partner with Newcastle University on a lively symposium to open Newcastle Poetry Festival again. This year we're going global with a series of inspiring sessions blending panel discussions and performances with leading poets from Newcastle, Switzerland, the US, Canada, Ukraine, Lebanon, Iran and Bhutan. Join us to hear world-class poets offer unique insights into their craft and discuss vital issues around In/Out: Place poetry, inclusivity and belonging. Come find your PLACE in poetry!
Each event costs £8 in-person / £6 concessions /£3 live stream or you can purchase daily passes from £16 from Northern Stage Theatre. 
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  THURSDAY 9th MAY 
1-2PM | FIND YOUR PLACE IN POETRY | £8/£6/£3
Poetic Licence founder and author of 52 Ways to Write a Poem Jo Bell chairs this inspiring discussion to kickstart your poetic practice. Legendary US poet CAConrad (Listen to the Golden Boomerang Return) shares their unique (Soma)tic rituals and alternative routes into poetry. Bloomsbury Poetry Editor and prize-winning poet Kayo Chingonyi (A Blood Condition) considers how to get published, gate-keeping and inclusion and TikTok poetry phenomenon and Sunday Times Bestseller Len Pennie (Poyums) reveals how to gain over a million social media followers. Join us for expert tips (from Crystals to TikTok!) on how to start writing, reach readers and find your place in poetry. 

  

THURSDAY 9TH MAY

2.30-3.30pm |  MAKING A PLACE FOR POETRY | £8/£6/£3

This panel gathers leading literary organisations for a timely discussion on the next steps in inclusive programming, sustainability and tips on how one can establish a career in the creative industries. Molly Rosenberg is Director of the Royal Society of Literature. She works closely with the RSL’s governing Council to deliver programmes supporting readers and writers across the UK, championing literature for everyone. Aki Schilz is the Director of The Literary Consultancy, the UK’s longest-running consultancy for writers. In 2018, Aki set up the Rebecca Swift Foundation (RSF), a charity that advances the craft, creativity and wellbeing of women poets. Ryan Van Winkle is an award-winning author, artist and producer based in Edinburgh. He is currently the Artistic Director of StAnza: Scotland’s International Poetry Festival. Chaired by Festival Director Theresa Muñoz.

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THURSDAY 9TH MAY
4-5PM  |  IN/ OUT PLACE: GLOBAL READING | £8/£6
With the support of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia
Join us for a global poetry reading, introduced by Imtiaz Dharker, touring from Newcastle to Europe and the US. Newcastle University graduate Amelia Loulli shares her journey through motherhood and grief towards publishing her debut collection Slip with Cape. Rolf Hermann leads us through time and space to the Swiss Alps and legendary US poet CAConrad travels from their Pennsylvania childhood to Massachusetts, considering class, queer identity and what it means to be In/Out of Place.  

FRIDAY 10th MAY
10.30-11.30AM  |  MOUNTAIN POETS SUMMIT |  £8/£6
With the support of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia

The Symposium reconvenes for a Mountain Poets Summit. Mountaineer and T.S. Eliot prize shortlisted poet Helen Mort (A line Above the Sky: On Mountains and Motherhood) unites mountain poets from across the world for a soaring discussion, mapping ideas of home and considering how place shapes poetry. We’ll journey across the Alps with Swiss poet Rolf Hermann (Cartography of Snow) to the Himalayas, with a virtual appearance from Bhutanese poet Sonam Pem Tshoki, and the Canadian Rockies with Alycia Pirmohamed (Another Way to Split Water). Pack your Kendal Mint Cake and prepare to be transported!
FRIDAY 10TH MAY
12-1PM | OUT OF PLACE: POETRY OF WITNESS & REFUGE | £8/£6/£3

The award-winning American poet Carolyn Forché, editor of Against Forgetting: Twentieth-century Poetry of Witness, hosts this vital discussion with leading diaspora poets on exile and refuge. The British-Ukrainian poet Charlotte Shevchenko Knight shares her searing debut Food for the Dead about the current conflict, Marjorie Lotfi explores her childhood flight from the Iranian Revolution in The Wrong Person to Ask (PBS Recommendation) and Yousif M. Qasmiyeh creates poetry from his experiences of the Baddawi refugee camp in Lebanon (Writing the Camp). How can we find refuge in poetry and bear witness to global crises?
 
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