With sleights learned from others and an ear open to melodic analogies I have set down words as a musician pricks his score, not to be read in silence, but to trace in the air a pattern of sound that may sometimes, I hope, be pleasing.

- Basil Bunting, preface to Collected Poems

Monday, 17 February 2014

Exciting news! Tom Pickard reads in Durham 27th February 2014

The Annual Basil Bunting Memorial Reading presents: Tom Pickard: a Reading and Discussion.

We are honoured and delighted to invite you to hear Tom read from his forthcoming collection: Hoyoot: Collected Poems and Songs  and talk about his life and work with Annabel Haynes. The event, plus drinks reception, is free and open to all. Please feel welcome to spread this invitation to all who would be interested. We look forward to seeing you there.

Doors open from 7.15pm, event starts 7.30pm.

Organised in collaboration with The Durham University Centre for Poetry and Poetics. Any queries should be directed to Annabel Haynes annabel.haynes@durham.ac.uk

One of the country's greatest contemporary poets, Tom Pickard was born in Newcastle. In his teens he met Basil Bunting, and encouraged him to pick up his pen again, leading to the publication of Bunting's most famous poem, Briggflatts. Tom and Connie Pickard set up the Morden Tower reading series, bookshop and performance space in Newcastle in the 1960s, where famous poets, musicians and artists from all over the world have gathered and performed ever since. Tom's first book, High on the Walls, was first published in 1967, and much work - including prose work and films - followed. His most recent work includes a folk opera collaboration with John Harle, The Ballad of Jamie Allen, which recounts the story of a notorious border character (who died in prison under Elvet Bridge); and The Dark Months of May (Flood Editions, 2004). His eagerly-awaited collected poems and songs, Hoyoot, is due out this year on Carcanet Press.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Map of Durham University

A new map of the city has been published online, allowing you to 'toggle' the university buildings. Please click here to view it.

Monday, 25 June 2012

Tom Pickard Tony Lopez Amy Evans: Poetry Reading 4 July

Please join us for an evening of poetry at St Chad's College, Durham. The event will feature  readings from Tom Pickard, Tony Lopez and Amy Evans. A wine reception will follow.

From 6.30pm in The Williams Library. Free admission and all welcome.

Contact John Clegg j.r.clegg@durham.ac.uk for further details.

A bit of Briggflatts

(Video: Copyright Peter Bell 1982)

Thursday, 21 June 2012


You can now access the programme of events - including the schedule for panels - on our blog under the tab 'Programme of Events' or by clicking here. Please get in contact with annabel.haynes@durham.ac.uk if you have any queries.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Conference Poster

We are getting very close to the big day(s) and we are looking forward to all of the exciting readings, papers, speeches and (now) screenings. If you you know anyone you think might be interested in coming along to the event, please pass along our promotional poster (made with thanks to the Basil Bunting archive for the photograph). You can download a version of it here, or email Annabel.haynes@durham.ac.uk for the version with original formatting.

Monday, 11 June 2012

Registration extended!

Registration has been extended and the form can be found here. Please return your forms and direct any questions to Annabel Haynes (annabel.haynes@durham.ac.uk). See the 'Programme' tab on the blog for details about the conference schedule.