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Kerry Darbishire, Geraldine Green, Katie Hale and Helen Mort

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Join us in the charming Cakes & Ale Café for an evening with four poets based in the North of England, whose poetry is rooted in place and travels the globe: Helen Mort, Geraldine Green, Kerry Darbishire and Katie Hale.

Kerry Darbishire’s poems appear widely in anthologies and magazines and have won competition prizes including shortlisted Bridport 2017.  She has published two poetry collections: A Lift of Wings (2014) and Distance Sweet on my Tongue (2018), was a finalist in the Cumbria Culture Awards 2019. Her biography Kay’s Ark was published in 2016 by Handstand Press.

Geraldine Green is a poet, creative writing tutor and editor. Her poetry appears widely in anthologies in the UK and USA. She has three collections and four pamphlets. In 2011 she gained a PhD in Creative Writing from Lancaster University. Passing Through was published in 2018 by Indigo Dreams.

Katie Hale’s debut novel, My Name is Monster, was published by Canongate in 2019. She is the author of two poetry pamphlets: Breaking the Surface (2017) and Assembly Instructions (2019), which won the Munster Fool for Poetry Chapbook Prize. She is a former MacDowell Fellow and Wordsworth Trust Poet in Residence. She regularly runs poetry workshops in schools.

Helen Mort has published two poetry collections with Chatto & Windus, Division Street (2013) and No Map Could Show Them (2015). She won the Fenton Aldeburgh Prize for best first collection. Her first novel Black Car Burning was published in 2019. She teaches creative writing at Manchester Metropolitan University and she is also the author of Lake District Trail Running (Vertebrate).


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Borderlines Book Festival has been developed through partnership working between public and private enterprise. The three partners are: Bookends of Carlisle; Cumbria County Council’s Library Service and Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Trust.

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