Northern Poetry Library Spotlights

Past Production
Northern Poetry Library Spotlights

A series of commissions based around Morpeth's Northern Poetry Library.

October 2015 - October 2016

November Club produced several projects - incorporating performance, poetry, reading and writing - to help raise the profile of Morpeth's forgotten treasure the Northern Poetry Library. The library holds the largest collection of modern poetry outside of London.

A series of characters have visited Morpeth over the year to highlight the Library and bring its collection to life.  From a Librarian and poet to Mr Bloom & Mrs Doom, the contrasting poems they recited surprised and entertained local shoppers.

To celebrate National Poetry Day in October 2016, we sent a librarian and a technology geek, armed with special notebooks, to inspire the people of Morpeth to write their own poetry. Their poems have been collated into the Morpeth Town Tersets.

November Club also worked with pupils from Kind Edward VI school to create a series of short three line poems beginning with the letters NPL, based upon the poetry library’s own initials.

The project culminated with The Poetry Detectives at Morpeth Library. Children were invited to join Special Agent Holly Hunch on an exciting mission to follow a series of clues and help solve the mystery of the missing words.

For more information about the poetry collection and other related projects visit http://northernpoetrylibrary.org.uk

Created and Produced by November Club

Northern Poetry Library Project Funders and Partners: Arts Council England, Active Northumberland, Museums & Archives Northumberland, Newcastle & Durham Universities, Lit & Phil Society, New Writing North, Scottish Poetry Library, Carcanet Press.

Photography: Phyllis Christopher and The Image Farm.