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IN BRIEF NEW POETS ON THE BLOCK A QUARTET of talented new poets will be reading from Palace Green Library at Durham University on Friday. New Writing North has working with Faber and Faber to bring their talents to the North East (although one of them already resides in Gateshead) as part of the Faber New Poets programme, which is supported by Arts Council England.

Eight new writers from across the UK have been selected as part of the initiative and have been supported in producing their first poetry pamphlets.

Friday's event, which starts at 7.30pm, will launch the work of the first four poets chosen. Toby Martinez de las Rivas lives in Gateshead. He won an Eric Gregory Award in 2005 and the Andrew Waterhouse Award from New Writing North in 2008. Fiona Benson is an Anglo-Scottish writer currently living in Exeter. She received an Eric Gregory Award in 2006 and is working on her first book of poems.

Heather Phillipson was awarded the Michael Donaghy Poetry Prize from Birkbeck College in 2007. Alongside her poetry, Heather is also an artist.

Jack Underwood is a librettist, musician and co-edits the anthology series Stop Sharpening Your Knives. He won an Eric Gregory Award in 2007 and lives in Hackney, London.

As well as the poets reading their work, Faber's poetry editor Matthew Hollis will participate in a discussion on the nature of writing and publishing poetry, including tips on how to get your poetry published.

This is a free event, which as well as supporting emerging poets also previews the Durham Book Festival which runs from October 23 to November 1. For more information, visit
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 13, 2009
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