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NPF 2024: Abigail Parry & Jane Clarke (Digital)

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This year is the 30th anniversary of the T.S.Eliot Prize for Poetry. The prize is awarded annually for the best new collection of poetry and is acknowledged to be ‘the world’s top poetry award’ (Independent). We’re delighted to welcome two poets who were shortlisted for this year’s award, both published by Bloodaxe Books and we congratulate both of them and their publisher.

Abigail Parry’s shortlisted book, I Think We’re Alone Now, is her second collection and follows on from her first collection, Jinx (2018), which was shortlisted for both the Forward First Collection Prize and The Seamus Heaney Centre Prize. Though her second book is about intimacy, it follows her first in its playfulness, intelligence, and obliquity. It’s as if language, refuses to do what we want and can’t stop making its own abundant connections.

Jane Clarke’s shortlisted book, A Change in the Air, is her third and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best collection in 2023. Her previous collections The River (2015) and When the Tree Falls (2019), draw strongly on a sense of place, and they were both shortlisted, among other prizes, for the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje prize. Growing up on a farm in the west of Ireland, she now lives with her wife in the uplands of Co Wicklow and it is this inheritance – the people, landscape, history and culture – that helps shape her work.

This event is live-streamed and is supported by the T.S. Eliot Foundation.


Abigail Parry

Abigail Parry

Jane Clarke

Jane Clarke

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.


We have a Changing Places toilet in the Stage 1 lobby and accessible toilets in Stage 3 and Stage 2 lower entrance lobby.  Gender neutral toilets are situated in the 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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