TVA Summer Newsletter 2016

Welcome to the TVA 2016 Summer newsletter! I recently attended the Tony Harrison gig at Teesside University, as part of the Tees Junction International Poetry Festival. It was a delight, and an emotional experience to be in the presence of this fine poet, a firebrand now become physically frail, but still burning within – so …

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TVA Spring Newsletter 2016

  Welcome to the TVA Spring 2016 newsletter! I’m going to begin with a poem by the master of reduction, Matsuo Basho: First day of spring – I keep thinking about The end of autumn I’m not a total devotee of Zen compacted verse – sometimes I think that the reader has to do just …

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TVA Winter 2015 Newsletter

TVA Winter 2015 Newsletter

season’s cheer, greetings all! I haven’t gone for a winter poem this time, I’ve gone for an excellent, and definitely somewhat chill-inducing, poem by Australian poet Les Murray. The poem is called ‘Vertigo’ and addresses old age. This is the second verse: When, any time after sixty, or any time before, you stumble over two …

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TVA Autumn 2015 Newsletter

hello and welcome to Autumn 2015 TVA newsletter! So, who better to quote from than Shakespeare? Here is a quatrain from Sonnet 73, one of my favourite poems of all time: That time of year thou may’st in me behold When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang Upon those boughs which shake against …

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TVA Summer 2015 Newsletter

hello and welcome to Summer 2015 TVA newsletter! The biggest news from TVA Towers is, of course, that we have moved out of Melrose House and into Royal Middlehaven House, just over the border, with commanding views of industry and dockland, and with the magnificent Transporter Bridge as the biggest thing on our horizon. Read …

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TVA Winter 2014 Newsletter

Happy Christmas, Cool Yule, season’s greetings, and a good New Year to one and all! I’m going to begin with a short poem by Oliver Herford, an early twentieth century American poet: I heard a bird sing In the dark of December A magical thing And sweet to remember ‘We are nearer to Spring Than …

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TVA Spring 2014 Newletter

TVA Newsletter Spring 2014

Spring 2014 finds TVA with a slightly different format newsletter, a new team of personnel, a likely move of offices upcoming, and many new and invigorating challenges ahead – to join on to all the invigorating old ones… Rowena Sommerville, Director Read more: teesvalleyartsTVA is a participatory arts organisation, based in Middlesbrough and working across …

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TVA Autumn 2013 Newsletter

I’m going to begin, as I often do, with an excerpt from a poem, in this instance from ‘Late Summer’ by Jennifer Grotz (who is American, hence the spelling). Summer lingers, but it’s about ending. It’s about how things redden and ripen and burst and come down. It’s when city workers cut down trees, demolishing …

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TVA Spring 2013 Newletter

I’m going to start with an uplifting Spring poem by Billy Collins – Today If ever there were a spring day so perfect, so uplifted by a warm intermittent breeze that it made you want to throw open all the windows in the house and unlatch the door to the canary’s cage, indeed, rip the …

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