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Morden Tower

About

Morden Tower is one of Britain's best-known literary landmarks. For the past 45 years, hundreds of poets have come from all over the world to give readings in this ancient turret-room on Newcastle's city walls. And now the tower is not just host to poets and literary events but also provides an intimate setting for all sorts of edgy and experimental musical performances.

Morden Tower readings were started by Tom and Connie Pickard in 1964. On June 16, 1964 poet and song writer Pete Brown gave the first reading. Meanwhile Tom Pickard had tracked down Basil Bunting, then living in obscurity in Northumberland, and soon enthusiastic young Morden Tower audiences were encouraging him to start writing again. On the 22 December 1965 he gave his first public reading of his newly written epic poem Briggflatts.

Basil thought the readings might last about two years. Forty three years later the tower is still delivering quality readings and music and is still as popular as ever, with Paul Smith of Maximo Park featuring the Morden Tower as one his favourite venues on a recent edition of channel 4 "Music Transmissions”.

Many other poets have relished the experience of reading at Morden Tower with its fine acoustics, its warm, appreciative audiences, and its gloriously battered architecture.

Opening Times

Morden Tower (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)

 

 

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