August 31st

Forthcoming events

For those new to this blog; welcome. Please glance down the page to the archive for links and news of forthcoming events, including:

Berwick Literature Festival. Two Countries poetry and music performance by Katrina Porteous and Northumbrian piper Alice Burn (Sunday October 23rd, noon, Berwick Guildhall).

Sun. Poetry and music performance by Katrina Porteous and celebrated electronic composer Peter Zinovieff. In association with Northumbria University Think Physics — Imagining the Sun. World Premiere at Life Planetarium, Newcastle (Friday November 18th, two evening performances).

New Poetry 

Please contact me for news of new limited-edition poetry publications from Windmillsteads Books, available by subscription or direct from the author!

Woven Landscapes (edited by Deborah Gaye) is a new anthology from Avalanche Books, published in September, containing eight of my previously unpublished poems. Available via Amazon.

Prac Crit  

Online poetry magazine, issue 7. Features work by Sylvia Legris, Matthew Welton, Kiki Petrosino and Katrina Porteous.

My new poem, Sandylowper, is the starting-place for a long interview, conducted in July by the excellent Jake Campbell. We discuss scale in my work, across place and time, from the local to outer space (click on the ‘interview’ panel to read it).

Also great to have an in-depth reading of my poem Durham Cathedral by Jenny Holden.

Thanks to both, and to Dr Vidyan Ravinthiran of Durham University for including me in this publication.

Conversations on a Bench

BBC Radio 4, October (date to be confirmed), produced by Adam Fowler.

A Long Way Home: one programme of a series of two. Anna Scott-Brown talks to passers by — residents and visitors — on a bench by the harbour in the Northumbrian seaside village of Beadnell. Beadnell is said to have one of the highest percentages of holiday homes in the country, and the decline of its traditional inshore fishing means that its character is changing rapidly. My specially-commissioned poem, which draws on Anna’s interviews, weaves these issues together with themes of tidal and seasonal change:

Intricately tangled in a mesh of light,

Minutely local, intimate, belonging

Here, Now, and every ripple travelling

To the hottest desert, to the polar ice,

From a time before speech to time after counting...

Britain at Low Tide

Channel 4 TV, 2017, date to be announced. 

Britain at Low Tide is a mixed menu archaeology format produced by Tern Television. In every episode, presenters Tori Herridge and Alex Langlands will strip back a different area of our coastline to tell a new story of our nation’s extraordinary maritime, industrial and natural history. Using the latest technology, Britain at Low Tide will reveal one of the richest historical treasure troves on Earth. In the series, Herridge and her crack team of specialists will visit three coastal archaeological hot spots including: a lost pier and a WW1 seaplane launch site in Northumberland; The Maldon Barge Graveyard in Essex; and the very first lifeboat station in the country at Formby Sands in Lancashire.

The ‘lost’ pier is here in Beadnell. It was rediscovered about 10 years ago by former National Trust Archaeologist Harry Beamish and myself, from Robertson’s 1759 plan of Beadnell, as part of a series of public walks we devised for Northumberland Coast AONB. You can read about it on p.18 of my book, Limekilns and Lobster Pots. 

Here’s one of my photos in which you may be able to detect its L-shaped outline:


As well as drawing the attention of archaeologists to the old pier, I spent a morning filming other coastal archaeology at Beadnell for the show, which will air in 2017.

My connection with the programme comes via CITiZAN (Coastal and intertidal Zone Archaeology Network). Archaeologists Megan Clement and Andy Sherman visited Beadnell earlier this year and we spent a couple of enjoyable days exploring the village’s rich industrial archaeology, and recording a fishermen’s hut which was once the village Reading Room. You can read my report on the hut here: