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An online digital poetry festival

Date/Time: May, June & July 2020

Venue: Twitter and Facebook

Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts (NCLA) is pleased to present ‘Inside Writing’: a digital poetry festival in lieu of the annual Newcastle Poetry Festival. Throughout May, June and July, NCLA will host a series of digital poetry events over Twitter and Facebook featuring some of today’s most exciting poets responding to the COVID-19 crisis by performing new work, issuing challenges and writing prompts, and discussing how their writing lives have been affected, featuring Inua Ellams, Sasha Dugdale, Rishi Dastidar, W.N. Herbert, Jackie Kay, and Sean O'Brien.  

You can watch the festival events and participate in challenges by following NCLA on Twitter (@NCLA_Tweets) or Facebook. Please email Melanie Birch ( for free access to live events on Zoom. 

Forthcoming events

Tuesday 23rdJune 2020, Twitter & Facebook

Celebrating the summer solstice, Linda France, Climate Writer-in-residence with New Writing North and Newcastle University, considers climate change, the environment and time, and shares three new poems in a unique one-off podcast titled About Time: Work in Progress.

Thursday 2ndJuly, 7pm BST, Zoom 

A live online reading featuring poets Will Harris and Bhanu Kapil in conversation with the Poetry Book Society’s Manager Alice Mullen. To register for this event, please email:

Tuesday 6thJuly to Thursday 8thJuly, Twitter & Facebook

In a series of pre-recorded videos, poet Tiffany Atkinson shares new work from her forthcoming collection Lumen (Bloodaxe Books, 2021) and issues a new writing challenge. 

Thursday 16thJuly, 7pm BST, Zoom 

Poet and translator, Sasha Dugdale, delivers a live lecture on the art of literary translation during lockdown focusing on Maria Tsvetayava, in conversation with Tara Bergin.  Her new collection Deformations is published in July by Carcanet, and her translations of Maria Stepanova are forthcoming from Bloodaxe.To register for this event, please email:

Tuesday 21st to 23rdJuly, Twitter & Facebook

In a series of pre-recorded videos, Rishi Dastidar reads from his second collection, Saffron Jack (Nine Arches, 2020), and issues a new writing challenge.

Thursday 30thJuly, Twitter & Facebook

To conclude our INSIDE WRITING festival, Newcastle University Chancellor, Imtiaz Dharker, reveals her newly commissioned poem written in response to COVID-19 and the lockdown.