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Bob Beagrie

Bob Beagrie

About Bob Beagrie

Bob Beagrie is a poet, playwright and senior lecturer in creative writing at Teesside University. He has performed at numerous festivals and venues nationally and internationally, including The Royal Festival Hall – South Bank Centre, Theatre Royal Newcastle, Crossing Borders Festival – Amsterdam, Kiasma Museum of Modern Art – Helsinki, Down By The Laiturri Festival – Turku, The Haganum Festival – Den Haag, The Dylan Thomas Centre – Swansea, The Poet's Café – Silvers, Portugal and The Poetry Café London. He has received commissions from Arts Council England, The Hydrogen Jukebox Cabaret of The Spoken Word, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council and Hartlepool Borough Council, The Laing Gallery Newcastle and Helsinki Refugee Centre. As well as collaborating with musicians he has also worked closely with visual artists on public artworks and with theatre company Three Over Eden.

He is co–director of Ek Zuban Press, a independent publishing house which produces Kenaz magazine, and bi-lingual poetry editions drawn from international exchange projects. Ek zuban also delivers creative writing, reminiscence and local history projects with community and education groups across the North of England, often culminating in performances and/or publication of participants work.

Ek Zuban also runs the regular Middlesbrough-based live literature event, The Electric Kool-Aid Cabaret of the Spoken Word.

Research interests and activities

Bob’s research interests lie in the capabilities of creative writing to be used as a vehicle for personal, social and community development and cohesion. How it can be employed as a model of learning across a wide range of curriculum areas and how its reflective approach can be used to open up social issues for debate and discussion.

Enterprise interest and activities

Bob is interested in the shamanic capacity of poetic performance as well as cross art form collaboration, testing the potential of the spoken and written word to be integrated with a range of other art forms and digital technologies.

In the news

  • Major anthology of North East poetry
    North East Connected (Web) 05/01/2018:
    Teesside University creative writing academics Bob Beagrie and Andy Willoughby feature in ‘The Land of Three Rivers', recently released by Bloodaxe Books.

  • Winter festival set to be best yet, say organisers
    Hartlepool Mail, 07/11/2017
    Bob Beagrie, an awardwinning poet and lecturer at Teesside University, will lead a family creative writing workshop in exploring the Heugh Battery Museum and its exhibits.

  • Wintertide Festival promises weekend of fun
    Hartlepool Borough Council (Web)06/11/2017;Hartlepool Mail (Web) 07/11/2017:
    A family creative writing workshop that will explore the Heugh Battery and its exhibits.Led by Bob Beagrie, an award-winning published poet,senior lecturer in creative writing at Teesside University

  • Epic poem to be retold as part of North-East poet's national summer tour
    Northern Echo (Web) 31/05/2017:Northern Echo (North Edition) 01/06/2017:
    SECRETS,myths and medieval legends will be brought into the modern day as part of a summer performance of an epic poem penned by Mr Beagrie's epic tale is being taken on a national Arts Council Tour

  • Creative Writing
    BBC Radio Tees 27.09.16:
    Teesside University senior lecturer in Creative writing Bob Beagrie talks to BBC radio tees about the course

  • Arts Council support for academic's literacy work
    Noodis web, 26/09/2016
    Teesside University academic, Bob Beagrie has received Arts Council England support to tour a performance based on the Anglo Saxon Hertigate

  • Lecturers' Finnish gig comes home
    The Evening Gazette, 19/10/2015
    Bob Beagrie & Andy Willoughby launched the Finnish version of Sampo: Heading Further North.

  • Murder in the library
    Evening Gazette, 09/06/2015
    Murder in the Ref is the result of a creative writing course run by two Teesside University lecturers.

  • Radio - Creative Writing lecturer
    BBC Tees, 22/03/2105
    Leasungspell is the work of Teesside University Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing Bob Beagrie.

  • Region's Anglo-Saxon history put into poetry
    NOODLS, 13/02/2015
    Leasungspell is the work of Teesside University Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing Bob Beagrie.

  • English Research Seminar
    Gazette Live online, 22/10/2014
    Bob Beagrie will be sharing a selectin of his creative research project Leasungspell.

  • Teesside heritage to take centre stage
    Northern Echo web 13.03.16;Northern Echo North Edition 14.03.16;
    Bob Beagrie and Andy Willoughby, to develop ten minute play and short monologues based on research into Teesside’s history, locations and heritage. Murder in Ref Crossing the Tees Festival 

  • Poetry by heart at Middlesbrough Central Library
    Love Middlesbrough (Web), 27/03/2013
    Middlesbrough Central Library is hosting an evening of poetry this Thursday (March 28) from 6.30pm. The historic library has been chosen to host the county finals of the Poetry By Heart competition be