The winner of the 2009 Northern Voices Poetry Award is poet Paul Summers. On Burns' Night at Newcastle's Bridge Hotel, Paul was presented with his Award by last year's recipient Catherine Graham. A previous Award winner, Katrina Porteous, also read at the event, along with Northern Voices coordinator Keith Armstrong.
Paul Summers was born in Blyth, Northumberland, in 1967. His poems have appeared in print since the late Eighties and he has performed all over the world. He was founding co-editor of the 'leftfield' magazines Billy Liar and Liar Republic and a co-director of Liar Inc Ltd responsible for facilitating countless creative projects across the North of England. He has also written for TV, film, radio and theatre and has collaborated many times with artists and musicians on mixed-media projects.
Armstrong and Summers travel to Newcastle's twin city of Groningen in March for readings in cafes, bars, schools and libraries with their Dutch counterparts as part of the ongoing literary exchange.
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