Rich Seams: A New Generation of Poets from the North Curated and introduced by Andrew McMillan

Durham Town Hall


3.30pm- 5pm

Durham Book Festival is proud to present a special poetry gala event, curated by Andrew McMillan and featuring a range of diverse and exciting poets who are reshaping and re-writing our idea of The North of England.

Andrew explains, ‘I wanted to shine a light on poets who you should be reading and, more importantly, hearing. Perhaps the greatest thing about this place we’re calling The North is our accents, our voices, the way we shift and change our vowels and pronunciation in the space of five miles; poetry is best when heard in the voice of the person who wrote it, and that’s what we’re offering at this event.’

The northern poets who will be sharing their work at this event are: Degna Stone, Kim Moore, Malika Booker, Mark Pajak, Polly Atkin , Melissa Lee-Houghton, Pippa Little, Ruby Robinson, Zaffar Kunial, Vidyan Ravinthiran, Seán Hewitt.

This performance will be recorded live in partnership with crowd-funding publisher Unbound. To pledge to support the production of a special vinyl recording of this event please visit: and discover a range of rewards, including the chance to have a poem written especially for you and the chance to meet the poets backstage for a post-recording drink.

Festival Laureate 2017

Each year Durham Book Festival works in partnership with Durham University to invite an acclaimed poet to become the Festival Laureate. This year we are delighted to welcome Andrew McMillan to the role. As well as presenting a newly commissioned poem at the festival, Andrew will also work with young people from secondary schools in Durham and take part in a special event for Durham University students.

Andrew McMillan’s debut collection physicalwas the first ever poetry collection to win The Guardian First Book Award. The collection also won the Fenton Aldeburgh Award and a Northern Writers’ Award.

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