Northern Poetry Library


An open access, public library

The Northern Poetry Library, located in The Chantry in Morpeth, Northumberland, is the largest collection of post-World War II poetry in England outside London. There are over 15,000 volumes, including first editions, signed copies and runs of poetry periodicals. Its a perfect place to lose yourself in and come out with a pile of books knowing you are helping libraries live.


If you don’t live near enough to visit why not take a up their challenge of writing The Anchored Tercet, a new, short poetic form consisting of three words, one per line, with a full-stop on a fourth line anchoring the three above it. The form was created by Lisa Matthews as part of her work as Lead Poet on the NPL development project taking place across Northumberland in 2015-2017. Previous Poets in Residence include:

  • Lisa Matthews (Lead Poet)
  • John Challis
  • Jo Colley
  • Linda France
  • Carolyn Jess-Cooke
  • Degna Stone

If you do to live nearby their opening hours are Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm.

3 thoughts on “Northern Poetry Library”

  1. They used to have a first class postal lending scheme. I was an eager lender.
    It became unworkable, or funding was withdrawn.
    They were lovely people, too/
    Really miss it.


  2. Thank you for this. I have thrown a link to the Suffolk Poetry Society Facebook page in case our members would like to try the form. I recall a happy visit to the Poetry Library in Morpeth when I lived in Newcastle, way back in 1987 or thereabouts.

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