Sea poems and artwork brought together for special event

Joan Hewitt, event organiser.
Joan Hewitt, event organiser.

Poetry and artwork is to come together for a special exhibition.

The verses of the late Jack Davitt, known as the North East’s shipyard poet, will feature in an event at the Old Low Light Heritage Centre, on North Shields Fish Quay, from 1pm to 3pm on Saturday.

'Rockpool' - photograph by Mark Husmann.

'Rockpool' - photograph by Mark Husmann.

The Poetry on the River event is part of a summer of events linked to the Shipyard Painters and Swan’s Snappers exhibitions.

Four award-winning writers – Peter Bennett, Joanne Clement, Bill Herbert and Joan Hewitt – will be reading their own poems along with a selection of poems that celebrate the river and the sea.

Shipyard Painters exhibition curator, Dave Young, will be reading some of the verses from Jack.

Tickets are £5 and available from (0191) 257 4506 or email pearl.saddington@oldlowlight.co.uk

There will also be an opportunity to see beautiful underwater photographs by Mark Husmann who will be selling prints of his incredible photographs on the day.

Mark will be donating a percentage of proceeds from all sales to the charity British Divers Marine Life Rescue.

The Shipyard Painters exhibition will be open before and after the poetry gig.

Joan said: “When I was asked to do this event, I jumped at it.

“I immediately thought of three top poets who live on the coast, and they agreed at once.

“The second hour of the event allows members of the audience to read their own river or sea poems – those slots were filled quickly by five excellent local poets.”