Events Diary

The World Heritage Site is a hive of activity, with many concerts, plays, talks and other events. What will you find of interest?

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‘The best words in the best order’ - Poetry in Durham and the North East

Contemplating the story of poetry in the north east, this exhibition takes an inspired look at the connections between poetry and life.

Originally shown at Woodhorn, this exhibition is influenced by the Northern Poetry Library and Palace Green Library collections. Located in Northumberland and Durham, the libraries are both important archives and living, breathing spaces that people can use and enjoy.

Beginning in 2015, six working poets spent time among the shelves of Northern Poetry Library, creating new poems inspired by the collection. They also took their love of the library outwards to communities across the region, where as poets-in-residence they led workshops that explored poetry and inspired people to write their own. Come and find out how they got on.

Discover more about poetry in Durham, Durham University’s Centre for Poetry and Poetics, the Northern Poetry Library and contemporary poetry in the region. Why not have a go at writing a poem yourself.

With thanks to the project partners, funders and participants.

And: New Writing North, Newcastle University, Scottish Poetry Library, Carcanet, Lit & Phil, The November Club.

Entry to the exhibition is free.

For more information about visiting the exhibition, please visit, email or telephone: 0191 334 2932.

Date(s) & Time(s):

19 November 2016 – 26 February 2017

Monday - 12pm - 5pm

Tuesday - Sunday - 10am - 5pm

Christmas Opening Times:

Closed 23-27th December

28-30th December 10am-5pm

31st December 10am-4pm

Closed 1st and 2nd January