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Catch Your Breath: a poetry workshop

Sat 12 Oct 2019 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


This event is part of Durham County Council’s Durham Book Festival (5 – 13 October) programme, produced by New Writing North, which takes place in Durham city annually in October. Events are held all over Durham City and County Durham.

Join poet Christy Ducker for a writing workshop inspired by Life of Breath’s Catch Your Breath exhibition. We will write in response to art and ideas from around the world, thinking about breath and respiratory health in new ways. Expect to play with breath in the poetic line, and let the air into your writing! Suitable for all abilities.

The Catch Your Breath pop-up exhibition will be on display at this location from Thursday 3 October until Saturday 12 October.

To book tickets, please call Gala Theatre on 03000 266 600

About Christy Ducker

Christy Ducker is a poet and teacher of creative writing. Her first full-length collection Skipper was published in 2015, and includes work commended by the Forward Prize judges. Her pamphlet Armour (2011) was a PBS Pamphlet Choice. Two further pamphlets – Heroes (2016) and Messenger(2017) – have since followed. Her commissions include residencies with Port of Tyne, English Heritage, Edinburgh Surgeons’ Hall Museum, and York University’s Centre for Immunology and Infection; she also devised and directed North East Heroes, an archives and education project funded by Arts Council England. Christy has recently been working as a research fellow on poetry and health at Newcastle University’s Institute for Creative Arts Practice.


About Catch Your Breath pop-up exhibition

Breathing isn’t just a bodily function. It allows us to speak, laugh, and sing. It connects us to the outside world. It reflects our state of mind and can be consciously controlled. Breath has inspired art and literature. For many, it has a spiritual significance. The personal and cultural meaning of breath goes beyond the simple act of keeping us alive. 

Catch Your Breath explores the Life of Breath research project, jointly led by Durham University and the University of Bristol. Bringing together medical history, philosophy, art, music, and literature, the exhibition discovers new ways of thinking about breath and breathlessness and their relationship to both illness and wellbeing.


Clayport Library opening times during Catch Your Breath

  • Thursday: 9.30am – 7.00pm
  • Friday: 9.30am – 7.00pm
  • Saturday: 9.00am – 5.00pm


Durham Book Festival


Clayport Library
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Durham, Durham DH1 1WA United Kingdom
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