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New home and new start for Northern Poetry Library

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The Northern Poetry Library is returning to its old home in Morpeth Library – and that is good news for poets. Last year we published a feature article about the Northern Poetry Library, and reported that since a disastrous flood in 2008 it had been-rehoused, but with about half its total stock in storage.

Now there is room for it in the new Morpeth Library, part of Morpeth Sports and Leisure Centre in Gas House Lane, which opened only last year. Northumberland Libraries posted on Facebook: “From Monday 6th until Thursday 9th May, Morpeth Library will be closed to the public whilst we prepare our very special new addition. That's right, the unique collection that forms the Northern Poetry Library is to be reunited in its entirety, at Morpeth Library.

“Founded in 1968, and currently the largest poetry collection outside London, we are over the moon to be bringing it all back together for all you poetry lovers to explore. After losing parts of the collection to a flood in 2008, it has been lovingly housed at Morpeth Chantry, so to have it complete once again and back with us, is just the kind of thing to warm our bookish hearts.”



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