24 Jan - 23 Dec 2022
24 Jan - 23 Dec 2022
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Talk on Wilfrid Wilson Gibson

Hexham Library, Queens Hall, Beaumont Street, Hexham, NE46 3LS

11 Oct 2022

  • Guide dog friendly
  • Wheelchair accessibile

Delivered by Northumberland Libraries

As part of their Photographing the Roman Wall: Then and Now project, Northumberland Libraries are offering a programme of events celebrating the life and work of the Hexham photographer and archaeologist, John Pattison Gibson, and in this instance the acclaim of his family.

The poet Wilfrid Wilson Gibson (1878-1962) was the youngest of J.P. Gibson’s eight children. Like his father he shared a passion for the Northumberland landscape. Join Mike Tickell as he shares more about the life and career of Wilfrid Gibson. Wilfrid achieved great acclaim in his early career. He was a popular and prolific writer of both plays and poems and had 42 published books. All of these are now out of print and his reputation as a poet declined from the 1930’s. In recent years there has been increased interest in Gibson’s poetry with the publication of ‘Homecoming’ and ‘November Gold’ anthologies.

Mike Tickell has had a love of Gibson’s poems since attending Queen Elizabeth High School in Hexham in the 1950’s. He has recently researched Gibson’s Northumberland poems and will celebrate them in a talk and discussion on Gibson’s relevance today.

This project has been made possible thanks to a National Lottery Project Grant from Arts Council England.

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