also known as: Libraries, Literature, Northern Poetry Library, poem, Poetry.
Whether you are already a keen reader of poetry or just want to try some modern verse for the first time, the Northern Poetry Library is here to help you. Comprising of around 15,000 volumes, it is the largest collection of contemporary poetry in England outside London and can be used and borrowed from free of charge.
the Time of Partition’ by Moniza Alvi is inspired by her own
family history of living through the breakup of India in 1947. It
is a deeply personal story in verse of courage and fortitude at a
time when thousands of families were split up.
Romance and poetry have long been paired
together, but sex has also been a fruitful subject. In ‘The
Poetry of Sex’ Sophie Hannah picks a collection of highly
enjoyable poems from antiquity to the present day.
In her first collection ‘The
Missel-Child’, Helen Tookey draws on memories both real and
John Burnside examines our shared experience
of the world in his latest collection ‘All
One Breath’ - recognising that humans cause too much pain
and hurt to each other. Using the yoga philosophy of ‘One Breath’
we should instead strive towards peaceful co-existence.
Northern Poetry Library
The Northern Poetry Library, located at Morpeth Library, is the
largest collection of post-World War II poetry in England outside
London. There are over 15,000 volumes, including first editions,
signed copies and runs of poetry periodicals.
The Northern Poetry Library books can be borrowed and reserved
for free as part of the library’s normal stock. Any book or
magazine can be borrowed and collected from any Northumberland
library. By joining Northumberland Libraries you automatically
become a member of the Northern Poetry Library. You can reserve any
of the books to be sent for free to your local Northumberland
The collection can be searched and reserved through the Library
Online Catalogue, just click on the book covers above to search the
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The Northern Poetry Library is located upstairs at Morpeth
Address: Gas House Lane, Morpeth, NE61 1TA
Telephone: 01670 620390
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