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About Pauline

Pauline Plummer was born in Liverpool but has lived in the North East since 1982.

She has had two previous collections of poetry published and two pamphlets that were collaborations with an artist based on journeys in W. Africa. The poems toured galleries across the UK. She tutors creative writing at the Open University but has also run projects at university in Sierra Leone and given workshops in schools, prisons, adult education and for the elderly. She has been a writer in residence at Woodhorn Colliery Museum and Poet Laureate of Middlesbrough (2000). She has read her poems in Tyne Tees TV, BBC Radio 4, Poetry Ireland, The Sage, Troubadour Cafe and many other venues. Some of her short stories have been published by Comma PressBiscuit Publishing and Orbis magazine, New Writing North (Platform), or performed at Northern Stage. She is an editor with Mudfog Press. She runs Kusoma, the Afro-Caribbean book club at Newcastle Central Library (supported by Waka Waka).

An example of the her prize winning poems are available to be read online – How To Be A Mystic can be found here and The Devil’s Shoes can be found here.

Pauline has won a number of prizes and awards over the years, but more recently:

  • 2nd Prize in the Welsh International Poetry Competition 2019
  • Runner up in Poets and Players, Manchester competition 2019
  • Runner up in Mxlexia Women’s Poetry Competition 2019
  • Short listed in Second Light Poetry Competition 2019
  • 2nd Prize in Autumn Voices Poetry Competition 2018
  • Commended in Fire River Poets 20162nd prize Cafe Writers poetry competition 2010

She has considerable experience in creative writing education:

  • Work in various schools in Sunderland and Teesside in the 90s.
  • Sierra Leone – Fourah Bay University 2001 & 2011, also workshops in schools
  • ISIS Arts , a writer in residence on their HOME project, working with children in two schools in Teesside. 2003
  • Involved in EAZ project in creative writing with primary school in North Tyneside 2005
  • Sacriston Junior School, Co. Durham for their Africa Project 2006
  • Writer in residence at Woodhorn Colliery Musuem, 2009 – encouraging school children to respond to the Gallery collection of pitmen painters.
  • Masterclasses on the short story with senior school children in Bedlington and Ashington 2009
  • Creative Writing modules with Northumbria University (up to 2015)  Open University, 2007 –