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Young Photographers Picture The Poet

Young photographers picture the poet

Poet Vicky Arthurs at Sunderland Winter Gardens, photographed by Beth Cutting. Young photographers from Sunderland will have their work displayed alongside photographic portraits of well-known poets from the National Portrait Gallery's collection. Guided by documentary photographer Louise Taylor, seven students…

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Limehaven Cover Delights Booksellers

Limehaven cover delights booksellers

Congratulations to illustrator Kate Heiss, whose cover design for Limehaven was singled out for praise by independent booksellers Inpress Books. Inpress described Kate's work as "one of this season's most gorgeous covers – perfectly reflecting the charm, natural world subjects…

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Five Books That Inspired Me

Five books that inspired me

Thanks to The Journal's Culture magazine for inviting me to write an article for their June Readers' Lives feature. Writing about books that inspired me was a real pleasure - the challenge was limiting myself to just five books! Read…

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Lifeboat Station Launch For Limehaven

Lifeboat station launch for Limehaven

Publisher IRON Press is planning a coastal launch for Limehaven at the Eclectic IRON literary festival this summer. The book launch will take place at Cullercoats RNLI Lifeboat Station on Sunday 7 June at 4.30pm. The event will feature readings…

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Three Reasons To Read Poetry

Three reasons to read poetry

Spring has arrived in this windswept corner of the UK. There’s a dusting of blossom in the park, the willow trees are coming into leaf and the birds are all aflutter. It is April - national poetry month! To celebrate,…

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Stillness Speaks By Eckhart Tolle

Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle

I overdid it this winter. Hunkered down. Feasted. Forgot to move. A whiff of spring and I’m waking up. My body craves soup, my heart, simple nourishment. No doorstep sandwiches or difficult novels for me. I’m writing haiku and reading…

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Sea Haiku Madness At THE IRON AGE Festival

Sea haiku madness at THE IRON AGE festival

On Saturday I set sail on the squally seas in a Cullercoats fishing boat. I sit in my warm study, contemplating the weather. Wind whips round the yard, rattling the chains of the hanging baskets. Rain lashes the window. This…

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What It Is By Linda Barry

What it is by Linda Barry

I received a gift. A mysterious parcel in the post. I knew it was coming, but not what it was, nor when it would arrive. I waited by the letterbox like an eager terrier. I wanted to know what this…

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