An Audience with Iron Press poets John Norman Price and Robert Best

Thursday 05 October 2023
Time: 18:00
Price: Free

Join The Word as they celebrate National Poetry Day with local poets John Norman Price and Robert Best.

The poets will share their journey to publication, read from their collections and talk all things poetry.

Free event, booking required.

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When a pupil at South Shields Grammar Technical School, John won an open scholarship to Leicester University where he studied English and Philosophy. He worked as an English teacher with special interest in drama, film studies and learning through discussion, before moving into the world of journalism at the Sunderland Echo, where he introduced a national award winning Newspapers in Education programme.  As  writer, he has published several media studies books, a couple of novels and some short stories as well as Iron Press's pamphlet 'Bye Bye Blackboard'. He lives with his wife in Washington and has two children and four grandchildren.


Robert Best wrote poems as a child, and started taking it seriously after he performed at spoken word events in the North East of England. Much of his inspiration arises from his decades-long study and practice of shamanism, our oldest belief system which, in turn, grew out of the 15 years he spent studying with a ritual Kabbalistic group in London. Robert now lives in the wilds of Northumberland with his son (sometimes), Tyne the Collie, and three-and-a-half cats.


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