On Saturday 23rd June, The Black Light Engine Room will be opening the Unconvention segment of the Middlesbrough Literary Festival. There will be lots of poets performing before they hand over to Above The Parapet, who are celebrating what would be the centenary year of Woody Guthrie. This is being held at the Reference Library in Middlesbrough’s Central Library and starts at 12pm and is free to all. Any poets who would like to perform should contact theblacklightenginedriver@
Closing the festival, a week later on Saturday 30th June from 6pm until 9pm at Middlesbrough Central Library, will be the launch of Andy Willoughby and Bob Beagrie's new pamphlet collection, Kids (Mudfog Press). The evening will feature a multimedia performance of poems inspired by and reflecting upon Charlie Chaplin's 1921 classic The Kid, accompanied on piano by Anton Flint. Plus music from the Mark Boden Flamenco Trio, Simon Stephenson and Kale Houlsby.
For more information about these and all the other events at the festival, go to www.middlesbroughlitfest.co.uk