Northern Rising Double Headliner: Tom Pickard / Alex Niven

Wednesday 29th May 2019



After a short hiatus, Northern Rising returns on 29 May for a special spring double headliner featuring two local poets: Tom Pickard and Alex Niven.

Tom Pickard is a Newcastle legend. For many years he ran the Morden Tower poetry venue in the Town Walls with Connie Pickard, and he was largely responsible for coaxing the modernist poet Basil Bunting out of retirement in the mid 1960s, leading to Bunting’s great Northumbrian epic Briggflatts. Tom’s own poetry has gathered in strength and subtlety since its countercultural origins, resulting most recently in the collection Winter Migrants, the anthology Hoyoot, and a series of works about the landscape and natural presences of the North Pennines. Tom’s admirers over the years have included Allen Ginsberg, Paul McCartney and Annie Lennox, but more importantly he is our finest, most original non-comformist poet.

Alongside Tom’s reading, Alex Niven will debut a new work, Newcastle Sonnets, inspired by the topography and identity of the city of Newcastle, and haunted by the ghost of T Dan Smith.

This promises to be a unique and very special evening full of lyrical reflections on Newcastle past, present and future.

Tickets: £4 on the door
Venue: Cumberland Arms (upstairs)
Date: Wednesday 29 May
Time: 7.30 til late