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“This was all marshland once; hidden slag-heaps
lie under grass-covered bumps, lining the sides
of trickling inlets of the Tees with its metal cranes:
intricate insect totems poke their heads at the North Sea.”
Such are the words of Andy Willoughby, the former poet laureate of Middlesbrough, in his incredibly descriptive poetry book Between Stations. On Monday 12th June, the poet is set to collaborate with Arc Stockton to present the full glory of his wondrous works live – for the first time ever – at Middlesbrough Central Library.

Between Stations has been described as a mock-epic: in it, Willoughby seeks to craft a high octane, post industrial train journey from his native home on the Tees to the brash, sweeping snowfall of Siberia (and back again). Carrying along with it a partly improvised soundtrack of Irish-Catholic Hymns, magic chants and a battered old Bob Dylan cassette, the production catapults between Finnish poets and Willoughby himself to paint a wholly vivid scene, including a wholesome injection of hallucinations, dark romance and twisted words along the way. Whether you’re a lover of words, Teesside or just fancy a night of great poetry: get ready to be whisked off on a journey of strange and gargantuan proportions.

Between Stations is at Arc Stockton on Monday 12th June.

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