The winner of this year's Northern Voices Poetry Award, annonced at Newcastle's Bridge Hotel on Sunday 24th January, is Trevor Teasdel from Great Ayton on Teesside. Trevor has been a brilliant agitator for poetry for many years and it was felt that it was high time his painstaking work was recognised. A dynamic poet and performer himself, Trevor gave a lively reading before being presented with the award by last year's winner, Paul Summers, in front of an appreciative gathering, which included poets Bob Beagrie, Andy Willoughby, Robert Lonsdale, Gordon Phillips, Catherine Graham, Dave Alton, William Martin and Keith Armstrong.
'Thanks for the evening and for the award. As I said, it means more to me than something from the Arts Council etc. Like you, I'm not into glittering awards but this means a lot because you are on the same side - and great respect for the inspiration of Northern Voices and the great poetry.'
Other winners of the award have been William Martin, Alan C. Brown, Katrina Porteous, Catherine Graham and Gordon Hodgeon.
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