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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.

New Titles

At 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 imagined.


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 library.

The collection can be searched and reserved through the Library Online Catalogue, just click on the book covers above to search the library catalogue.

Opening Hours

Mon: 9am to 7.30pm

Tue: 9am to 7.30pm

Wed: 9am to 7.30pm

Thu: 9am to 5pm

Fri: 9am to 7.30pm

Sat: 9.30am to 12.30pm


The Northern Poetry Library is located upstairs at Morpeth Library:

Address: Gas House Lane, Morpeth, NE61 1TA


Telephone: 01670 620390

Poetry Reading Ideas

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Life Poems


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