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Live Poetry For the perfect way to end your weekend why not join this monthly Sunday night event and hear some of the best contemporary poets read and talk about their work. Live Poetry events are all held in the Main Theatre. Sunday 19 October, 7.30pm

Modern-day Visionaries

John Burnside & Pauline Stainer


John’s work centres around belonging: how we belong in our skins, in our homes, in our world. Listen to John read from a selection of his ten poetry collections including The Asylum Dance (Cape), which won the 2000 Whitbread Poetry Award. Join Pauline, described as ‘a writer of sacred poetry for the 21st century’ for the launch of her collection, Crossing the Snowline (Bloodaxe).

£7; £5 concs


Sunday 9 November, 7.30pm

Gillian Allnutt & George Szirtes


Come and hear Gillian Allnutt, winner of the Northern Rock Foundation Writer’s Award in 2005. Gillian’s work explores memory, myth, and landscape – particularly that of County Durham. Join George, winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize in 2004, for the launch of his New and Collected Poems (Bloodaxe). After coming to the UK as an eight year old refugee, George’s poetry considers the universal themes of love, war, memory and exile.

£7; £5 concs

Poetry from Ireland and Scotland

Sunday 7 December, 7.30pm

Ciaran Carson & W.N. Herbert


Ciaran is one of the leading Irish poets of his generation. His most recent collection, For All We Know, tells of a doomed love affair. Listen to Ciaran read from his recently published Collected Poems (Gallery Press). Bill, who was born in Dundee but is now based in Newcastle, is a well travelled man and this is reflected in his poems about the literature and culture of Russia, China and Italy. His resulting work is comic, surreal and hugely entertaining.

£7; £5 concs

Images: from top left to right, John Burnside, Pauline Stainer, Gillian Allnutt, George Szirtes, Ciaran Carson, W.N. Herbert

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Live Theatre - Online Seasonal Brochure  

Here’s Live Theatre’s latest seasonal brochure packed full of performances to keep you entertained from October 2008 to January 2009.