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We’re told that a picture is worth a thousand words, but the lines between literature and visual art often blur. A perfect example of such fusion is the Picture the Poet exhibition, displaying at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens from Saturday 19th September until Sunday 29th November. Photographs of some of the country’s most significant contemporary poets, including Benjamin Zephaniah, Simon Armitage and Carol Ann Duffy, will be exhibited in the touring exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery.

Organised in a partnership between the National Portrait Gallery, the National Literacy Trust and spoken word and performance poetry organisation Apples and Snakes, it’s hoped the striking images will inspire audiences to interact and engage with poetry, creative writing and photography. Lucy Crompton-Reid, director of Apples and Snakes, explains how their programme of participatory workshops and performance events featuring professional poets will benefit those with an interest in poetry. “This is enabling even more people to engage with the photographs while developing their creativity, self-expression and literacy skills, through writing and performing their own original poems.”

Picture the Poet is at Sunderland Museum & Winter Garden from Saturday 19th September until Sunday 29th November

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