Sanderson Arcade in Morpeth is showcasing the work of local artists this month with some inspirational and local themes to start the New Year.
The 10 poems on display in the gallery at the Arcade have been written by members of the Morpeth Poetry Recital Group, a group consisting of more than 30 regular poets from aged 9 upwards.
They meet regularly in Morpeth and hold an annual Poetry Recital in Morpeth Town Hall, supporting local charities. They were also responsible for the Newgate Street Poetry Festival, which featured a poem in every window in September last year.
The range of poems on display will give shoppers and visitors a variety of messages to mark the New Year.
A poem written by Adrian McRobb talks about the month of January, whilst Barbara Pringle and Hannah Welfare focus on Morpeth and how proud they are of the town.
Eileen Beers displays a moving poem about Emily Wilding Davison and her struggle for female suffrage while Valerie Apted sends a very strong message about the choices which are made in government and affect residents and the town centre of Morpeth.
The Gallery also features a poem by local dialect poet, Raymond Reed, who is a regular visitor to Sanderson Arcade.
To celebrate the poems and the local talent, the Arcade will be hosting Poetry Readings throughout January in the Piazza and gallery area. These will be held on Saturday’s at 11am and on Wednesdays at 2.00pm throughout January.
Medi Parry, Centre Manager at Sanderson Arcade, said: ‘‘We are delighted that the Morpeth Poetry Recital Group have agreed to work with us on the display and I’m sure everyone will agree that the poems are not only fantastic, but very relevant to Morpeth and some of the issues the town is facing this year.
Barbara Ross, Founder of Morpeth Poetry Recital Group, said: ‘’this is a fantastic opportunity we have been given by Sanderson Arcade. The poets are delighted and feel very proud that their poems are on display up high and we hope everyone gets to enjoy the Poetry Readings through January’.”