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The Verb: A Writer’s Emotions


Part of BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival 2019

Northern Rock Foundation Hall

Tickets available on the day on a first come, first served basis

Duration – 11am - 12pm


Ian McMillan explores the emotional roller-coaster of being a writer – from the excitement of the idea (or the first line of a poem), through the sense of inadequacy writers often experience during the editing process, to the ultimate satisfaction (or bathos) of publication and performance – alongside his guests, who will share their own creative journeys.

On stage he’s joined by the poet Tara Bergin, novelist Denise Mina, and musicians Aidan Moffat and RM Hubbert.

Denise Mina’s crime novels include The Long Drop, The DI Alex Morrow series, the Paddy Meehan series which were filmed by BBC TV, The Garnetthill series, and graphic novels. She has won many prizes and has been inducted into the Crime Writer’s Association Hall of Fame.

Tara Bergin was named a Next Generation Poet by the Poetry Society in 2014 following her collection This is Yarrow. Her second collection is called The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx. She lectures in writing poetry at Newcastle University.

Aidan Moffat is a Scottish vocalist and musician whose joint album released with Glasgwegian based guitarist and singer RM Hubbert is called Here Lies the Body.

Ian McMillan is a poet, journalist and playwright who’s been styled “poet in residence at Barnsley football club”, and who has worked as poet in residence at English National Opera. He is a frequent guest on television programmes and at literary festivals and stages around the UK. His books include a guide to Yorkshire dialect Collins Chelp and Chunter: How To Talk Tyke and his latest poetry book To Fold the Evening Star: New and Selected Poems and a celebration of the vowel O with musician and designer Ian Dennis in O Yes.

For your information…

  • Phase one tickets will be available from 12noon on Friday 15 February, with phase two tickets available from 12noon on Friday 1 March.
  • Tickets are strictly limited to four per person.
  • To guarantee your ticket book in advance. There will be some tickets available on the day on a first come, first served basis.
  • Please take your seats 10 minutes prior to the event start time otherwise you may lose your place.

Booking Information

To guarantee your ticket, book in advance. There will be some tickets available on the day on a first come, first served basis.

Venue: Northern Rock Foundation Hall

Tickets: Free, ticketed (Max 4 per person)