Len Pennie- Poyums

Tickets £10.50/£8.50



Feminist poet Pennie leapt to public prominence during the COVID pandemic when her video performances of poems such as “I’m No Havin’ Children” went viral on social media and drew praise from the likes of Michael Sheen. She brings with her an electric collection of verse and prose about loving, learning, surviving, growing and giving. Whether she’s writing letters to her younger self, advocating for women’s rights or adapting fairy tales to process an abusive relationship, Pennie’s is a bold, frank, sharp and witty voice that moves deftly between English and Scots creating poetry that is approachable, affecting, idiosyncratic and fiercely funny.

This event is for ages 12+.

Chaired by: Liv Chapman


‘The keeper and reinventor of the Scottish language in the 21st century.’ – Ian McMillan.

‘An unforgettable voice that takes on the power of English and Scots and lingers in the spaces in-between. These poyums made me wince, laugh, and marvel.’ – Susie Dent, author and lexicographer.


Booking Information

  • Priority Booking for Festival Friends opens at 08.00 on Friday 1st of March. Tickets go on general sale from Monday 4th March.
  • Hearing loops are available for Theatre and Library events. Carers qualify for free ‘essential companion’ tickets. Wheelchair spaces are limited. In all cases, please call the Box Office on 01434 652477 to book or email: boxoffice@queenshall.co.uk.
  • Tickets cannot be refunded but can be exchanged for other Book Festival events.


Hexham Library, Queen's Hall Art Centre
Hexham Library, Queen's Hall Art Centre, Beaumont Street, Hexham, NE46 3LS


04 May 2024


6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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