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NPF 2024: Harry Man, Jane Burn, Linda France

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This event is a celebration of award-winning poets based in North and who explore language, the environment, art and pop culture in their work.

Harry Man is a poet, editor and translator. His pamphlet, co-authored with Endre Ruset, Utøya Thereafter is published by Hercules Editions. It was a Dagblaget and a Broken Sleep Book of the Year. His first collection Popular Song is available from Nine Arches. He is Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Newcastle University.

Jane Burn is an award-winning poet, hybrid writer and working-class disabled person. Her work is widely published. Her current collection, Be Feared, is available from Nine Arches. Her next collection, The Apothecary of Flight, will be published in July, also by Nine Arches. She is the Michael Marks Awards Environmental Poet of the Year 2023/24.

Linda France was the UK’s first Climate Writer in Residence, with Newcastle University and New Writing North, and her tenth collection Startling (Faber & New Writing North 2022) arose from that work. The Knucklebone Floor (Smokestack 2022) won the Laurel Prize for the year’s best collection of nature and environmental poetry. Linda was named inaugural Environmental Poet of the Year 2022-23 in the Michael Marks Awards for her sequence Letters to Katłįà. She won the Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition in 2013 and has received a Society of Authors’ Cholmondeley Award. Her pamphlet Took My Way Down, Like a Messenger, to the Deep from Blueprint Poetry Press is a crown of sonnets set to the backdrop of paintings of Surrealist artist, Leonora Carrington.

This event is supported by the Newcastle University Institute of Creative Practice.

Harry Man

Harry Man

Jane Burn

Jane Burn

Linda France

Linda France

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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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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