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Text reads 'In Out of Place Newcastle Poetry Festival 2024 9 - 11 May'

NPF 2024: Finding Refuge in Poetry

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Overview

The award-winning American poet Carolyn Forché, editor of Against Forgetting: Twentieth-century Poetry of Witness, hosts this vital discussion with leading diaspora poets on exile and refuge. The British-Ukrainian poet Charlotte Shevchenko Knight shares her searing debut Food for the Dead about the current conflict, Marjorie Lotfi explores her childhood flight from the Iranian Revolution in her PBS Recommendation The Wrong Person to Ask and Yousif M. Qasmiyeh creates poetry from his experience of the Baddawi refugee camp in Lebanon (Writing the Camp). How can we find refuge in poetry and bear witness to current global crises?

Carolyn Forche

Carolyn Forche

Marjorie Lofti

Marjorie Lofti

Yousif M. Qasmiyeh

Yousif M. Qasmiyeh

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.

STEP FREE ACCESS

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

WHEELCHAIR SPACES

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

TOILETS

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.

HEARING ENHANCEMENT

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).

ASSISTANCE

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

BOOKING COMPANION SEATING

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

GUIDE DOGS

Guide, hearing and all working dogs are welcome here.

SEAT ACCESSIBILITY

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.

More Information

To discuss any access needs, take a look at our access page or please call our Box Office on 0191 230 5151.

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