How to Make a Living as a Poet

Location: Sage, Gateshead
Address: Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR
Event time: 11am
Poets Jo Bell and Tara Bergin in conversation at Words Weekend festival

Event details


Poets Jo Bell and Tara Bergin, in conversation with Theo Jones from the Society of Authors, will discuss what their writing life looks like and how they effectively engage with publishers, readers and new audiences to make a living from their work. 

About the speakers

Jo Bell is an award winning poet and teaches for the Poetry School, Arvon Foundation and others. Her work has been broadcast on Radio 4 and she is well known for innovative projects like her global workshop, the 52 project. A boat-dweller and former archaeologist, she was the nation's first Canal Laureate and is currently working on a residency at the Big Pit museum, Blaenavon. For six years she was the director of National Poetry Day, and has received an honorary doctorate for her services to poetry. 

Tara Bergin was born and grew up in Co. Dublin, Ireland. She is the author of two books published by Carcanet Press, This is Yarrow (2013) winner of the Seamus Heaney Prize, and The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx (2017), which was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot and Forward Prizes. Tara lectures part-time at Newcastle University.

The event is free to attend - please book your ticket through Sage Gateshead.

Why not take a look at what else is going on at Words Weekend festival and book a place at our Professional Skills for Poets workshop?