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Sage Gateshead



Words Weekend 2019

Poems from the edge of Extinction with Chris McCabe


Part of Words Weekend 2019

Price inclusive of 9% booking fee


With a recent report stating that dialects will disappear over the next 50 years, join three UK poets who write in the language of their region. Hosted by Chris McCabe, editor of Poems from the Edge of Extinction: An Anthology of Poetry In Endangered languages, who will also read poems in his native Scouse tongue. Katrina Porteous will read her work in Northumbrian dialect and Scots poet Peter McCarey will presents poems from The Syllabary, his ongoing project to write a poem for every syllable in the English language. You will have the chance to ask the poets questions about their work in a discussion focussed around poetry in dialect and what the art form can do to activate engagement with language.

Chris McCabe was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award in 2013 and his five collections of poetry include Speculatrix (2014) and The Triumph of Cancer (2018). His first novel, Dedalus, was shortlisted for the 2019 Republic of Consciousness Prize. He is the editor of Poems from the Edge of Extinction: An Anthology of Poetry in Endangered Languages (2019) and the Head Librarian at the National Poetry Library, Southbank Centre.

Peter McCarey is the author of Collected Contraptions (Carcanet, 2012) , The Syllabary and spent 15 years running the language service of the World Health Organization. McCarey is a founding member of Poésies en Mouvement (Geneva), panjandrum of Molecular Press and inventor of a pedal-powered confessional. His collective exhibition on transitional toys opens in Glasgow on 13 December 2019. His latest book is De l’oubli (Lausanne, L’ours blanc, 2019).

Based on the Northumberland coast, Katrina Porteous writes poetry in both Northumbrian dialect and standard English. Katrina has published three collections with Bloodaxe, The Lost Music (1996), Two Countries (2014) and Edge (2019). She is President of the Northumbrian Language Society.

More Info:

Venue: Barbour Room
Start time: 11am

As everyone deserves equal access to entertainment, every event in Words Weekend will be accessible. In addition to the gold standard access provision at Sage Gateshead, all events will be BSL interpreted and there will be a roaming interpreter facilitating conversations throughout the venue.

Words Weekend will post a Social Story on their website for anyone who might find new situations difficult and would like to know what to expect from the festival. Sage Gateshead also offer short familiarisation visits.

We request that everyone is tolerant to the needs of other audience members,  some of whom might need to take a break from a space during an event, for example. Lighting will be raised slightly higher than usual, sound levels will be limited at most events and more comfortable seating options will be offered in some spaces.  Please remember that not all disabilities or health conditions are visible. If you have any questions please contact [email protected]