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NPF 2023: Karen Solie, Sheri Benning, Patrick Errington

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15:30-16:30 Karen Solie, Sheri Benning, Patrick James Errington

This work of these poets shares themes of myth and histories, eco-criticism and environmental philosophy, and all three poets hail from the prairies of Canada. Karen Solie was born in Moose Jaw and grew up in southwest Saskatchewan, Canada. She is the author of five collections of poetry. Her most recent, The Caiplie Caves, was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and Derek Walcott Prize. Sheri Benning grew up on a farm in central Saskatchewan, Treaty 6 Territory. Her most recent collection Field Requiem was shortlisted for The Derek Walcott Prize for Poetry and the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Patrick James Errington is a Scottish-Canadian poet and has won the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award from the Writers’ Trust of Canada’ and the Callan Gordon Award from the Scottish Book Trust. His books include the chapbooks Glean and Field Studies and his debut collection, the swailing.

Please note that Karen Solie and Sheri Benning will be appearing virtually.

There are two entrances to the theatre, Kings Road Entrance (this is the taxi drop-off/collection point) and the Main Entrance.

Both level entrances have automated doors. These lead into the foyer area where you will find the Restaurant, Bar, Box Office and entrances to Stages 1, 2 and 3.


Northern Stage is fully accessible. The theatre has three lifts providing access to all parts of the building, including the accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, stages 2 & 3 and the backstage area. Buggy parking is available


There are five wheelchair positions in Stage 1, two positions in Stage 2 and all seats are removeable in Stage 3.


Accessible toilets in Stage 3 and Stage 2 lower entrance lobby.


Induction loop system in all public spaces, and an infra-red system in all three stages. (In Stage 1 the induction loop is best covered in rows E – L).


One free ticket for the assistant of a disabled person who is not able to attend unaccompanied.


To book a free ticket for a wheelchair companion or an assistant, contact our Box Office on 0191 230 5151, via email at or by visiting our Box Office in person.


Guide, hearing and all working dogs are welcome here.


Stage 1: Seats are 43 cm wide, 41cm deep, with 46cm between arm rests. The aisleway is 51cm deep from the seat back. Arm rests cannot be removed.

Stage 2: Seats are 40cm wide, 41cm deep. The aisleway is 64cm deep from the seat back. There are no arm rests.

Our seats are rated to British Standards at installation and are guaranteed to hold up to 110kg.

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