Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts

The Cold Boat

The Cold Boat

The Cold Boat disseminates 'poetry of witness' alongside active engagement across all communities.

Our creative writing PhD researchers Tracy Gillman and Joanne Clement run it.

They have support of the Centre and The Catherine Cookson Foundation.

Online archive

The Cold Boat co-ordinates an online archive of 'poems of witness'.

There are live events that share and promote awareness of poetry of witness.


'Poetry of witness' emerges from concerns not defined as only private or public.

It is a poetry written and read as an act of witness and testimony. Its concerns are global, national and local.

More information

For more information, please visit The Cold Boat website.