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Launch of Fault Lines: Newcastle Poetry Festival 2020


Launch of Fault Lines: Newcastle Poetry Festival 2020

Tuesday 17 March 2020

In light of the ongoing concerns around Coronavirus, Newcastle University has taken the decision to cancel all non-essential events until the end of term (27 March).

This decision applies to events within Climate Action Week NCL.

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Public event: booking is required

  • Room G06, Frederick Douglass Centre, Newcastle Helix
  • Tuesday 17 March 2020; from 19:15

The Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts (NCLA) will be launching the programme of Fault Lines: Newcastle Poetry Festival 2020 with a stunning poetry double-bill featuring Irish poet John McAuliffe and Canadian poet Karen Solie.

This year, Fault Lines: Newcastle Poetry Festival 2020 is themed around climate change. It will feature four full days of workshops, readings, panel discussions, commission presentations, interviews, lectures, podcasts and interdisciplinary performances.

NCLA Newcastle Poetry Festival 2020

We’ll be exploring the urgent question of the role of the poet in the climate emergency. We want to find out more about how climate change is impacting on practising artists. We want to discover how it is shaping their choices, thinking, subject matter and formal approaches. We will ask how poetry with climate crisis at its heart can engage – or even change – those who encounter it.

Full details of the Festival programme will be revealed on the night with brochures available to take away.

About the artists

John McAuliffe

John McAuliffe’s new book The Kabul Olympics will be published by The Gallery Press in April 2020. The PBS described John as ‘one of the most gifted and versatile poets of his generation’. His versions of the Bosnian poet Igor Klikovac, Stockholm Syndrome (Smith|Doorstop, 2018) was a Poetry Book Society Spring Pamphlet Choice in 2019. His previous book The Way In (Gallery, 2015) won the Michael Hartnett Award in 2016. He is Co-Director of the University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing.

Karen Solie

Karen Solie was born in Moose Jaw and grew up in southwest Saskatchewan, Canada. Her fifth collection of poetry, The Caiplie Caves (Picador, 2019), was published in Canada and the UK in 2019, and shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. Karen is an associate director of the Banff Centre Writing Studio Programme. She has taught writing for universities across Canada and in the UK. She is currently a lecturer in the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University.