Exhibition to look at the story behind poetry library

Visitors to the Storehouse of Words exhibition at Woodhorn are encouraged to write their own poems.
Visitors to the Storehouse of Words exhibition at Woodhorn are encouraged to write their own poems.

A new exhibition looking at the story of the Northern Poetry Library is set to open this weekend.

Storehouse of Words reveals the story of the largest public collection of contemporary poetry outside London.

The exhibition – the culmination of a wider project which aims raise awareness and create excitement about this special collection of poetry – is being held at Woodhorn Museum from Saturday, July 16, to November 6.

Storehouse of Words not only showcases this important collection, it also offers visitors an opportunity to explore contemporary poetry and to consider the connections between poetry and life.

Established in 1968 and now managed by Active Northumberland, the Northern Poetry Library contains the work of all the major poets writing in English since the end of the Second World War.

Val Tyler, Northumberland County Council Portfolio Holder for Culture, said: “The Northern Poetry Library is an amazing resource for our local communities and our regional and national partners.

“This exhibition celebrates the wonder and fun of poetry in the context of its history in the North East since the establishment of the NPL in 1968.”

Liz Ritson, public programme manager at Woodhorn Museum, said: “We look forward to opening this exhibition which showcases one of Northumberland’s hidden cultural gems, the Northern Poetry Library.

“We’ve worked with a wonderful team of designers and writers to create this unique exhibition which we hope will surprise and delight visitors to Woodhorn over the summer months.”

Since the Northern Poetry Library project launched in autumn 2015, the project has engaged individuals and organisations in the art form, encouraging them to write poetry and produce their own text-based artwork.

This has resulted in the recent publication of ‘Among Woods and Water’, a new anthology of work by established poets and community.

More information about the project and NPL can be found on the website www.northernpoetrylibrary.org.uk

For more information about Woodhorn and its events and exhibitions, visit www.experiencewoodhorn.com