Sunderland exhibition is poetry in motion

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An award-winning poet will wax lyrical to mark the closure of a popular exhibition.

To mark the final fortnight of Picture the Poet at Museum and Winter Gardens, poet Lemn Sissay will appear in an evening of music and poetry showcasing local and national poets.

The Lake Poets will perform on the night

The Lake Poets will perform on the night

Picture the Poet Live takes place at the city centre museum on November 24 at 7pm, to celebrate the success of the exhibition, which featured photos of living poets.

Coun John Kelly, portfolio holder responsible for culture, said: “This exhibition has been a fantastic success with more than 32,000 visitors.

“It combines both the visual image and the written word in an intriguing way.

“We look to constantly develop and improve the cultural offer of the city, and Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens continues to be a huge cultural attraction in our city centre.

“We should take great pride in being selected to host such a fantastic exhibition. Events such as this make a huge contribution to the city, its reputation and its economy.

“I encourage everyone who hasn’t had the chance to see it yet to make the most of the opportunity, before it ends later this month.”

Lemn Sissay, who earlier this year beat former politician Peter Mandelson in the election for the chancellorship of the University of Manchester, will this month have his poem for the world, Let There Be Peace, unveiled at the British Council in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

He will be joined at the Sunderland museum event by acclaimed North East poet Kate Fox, local poets Sky Hawkins and Rowan McCabe and by The Lake Poets.

•Tickets are free, but need to be booked in advance at

•Picture the Poet is on display at the Museum and Winter Gardens until November 29.

Other events taking place around the exhibition are:

•North East Poetry Network - Conversations: with Clare Freestone, tomorrow at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens from 5.30pm to 7pm

Join the Associate Curator of Photographs at National Portrait Gallery in a conversation about her work at the gallery. Clare’s role involves working with the breadth of the photographic collection comprising 250,000 items covering countless subjects from the 1840s to the present day.

Tickets available from the museum

Poetry Voices on Thursday at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens from 10.30am to noon

Listen to members of the Sunderland U3A poetry group and Friends of Sunderland Museums (FOSUMS) as they read their favourite poems. Refreshments will be provided by FOSUMS.

•Museum Takeover Day on Friday at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens from 10am – 5pm

30 students from the Performing Arts Faculty at Sunderland College will be taking over job roles at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens as part of national Museum Takeover Day supported by Kids in Museums. Students will take over the roles of gallery guides in the Picture the Poet exhibition, object explainers, visitor survey assistants and shop and event promotion.