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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.

World Poetry Day 21st March

World Poetry Day (21st March 2015) was inaugurated in 1999 by UNESCO as a celebration of the diversity of poetry and its connection to other performing arts. The Northern Poetry Library at Morpeth Library is a reflection of that diversity, on the doorstep of Northumberland people.  The collection of 15000 items includes poetry from across the English-speaking world and some in translation, as well as poetic forms from other cultures. A particular strength of the collection is the range of poetry, poets and independent publishers from the North East of England.

Recent additions to the collection include:


Alison Hill  Slate Rising

William Bedford  Fen Dancing

Vidyan Ravinthiran  Grun-tu-molani

Speaking silence  Quaker poets today

Caolinn Hughes  Gathering Evidence

Sheila Templeton  Tender is the North

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

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