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NPF 2024: State of Play - Poets of East and South East Asian Heritage in Conversation

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We are pleased to bring three poets featured in the anthology State of Play: Poets of East and Southeast Asian Heritage in Conversation (Outspoken Press). Edited by Jennifer Wong and Eddie Tay, the book contains a series of conversations by international poets that took place over a year and explored themes of community, identity and creativity.

Troy Cabida is a Filipino poet based in London. His poems explore sexuality, discrimination and clothing within the sphere of queerness. He is the author of War Dove (Bad Betty, 2020). His recent work has appeared in State of Play, Bi+ Lines, 100 Queer Poems and Tiffany & Co. He works as a Library Assistant for the National Poetry Library, Southbank Centre.

Jennifer Wong was born and raised in Hong Kong. She is the author of 回家 Letters Home (Nine Arches Press, 2020), a collection that unravels the complexities of being between nations, languages and cultures. In 2022, she was a visiting fellow of Oxford TORCH. She is also the author of Identity, Home and Writing Elsewhere in Contemporary Chinese Diaspora Poetry (Bloomsbury, 2023) and a co-editor of State of Play: Poets of East and Southeast Asian Heritage in Conversation (Outspoken Press, 2023).

Kit Fan’s third poetry collection The Ink Cloud Reader (2023) contains poems which explore love, loss, politics and place. It was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize. He is the author of two books of poems, As Slow As Possible (2018) and Paper Scissors Stone (2011). His first novel is Diamond Hill (2021). He reviews regularly for The Guardian and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2022.

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

Troy Cabida

Troy Cabida c. Ray Roberts

Jennifer Wong

Jennifer Wong c. Tai Ngai Long

Kit Fan

Kit Fan

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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