Degna Stone is a poet based in Tyne & Wear. They are a contributing editor at The Rialto, a co-founder and former managing editor of Butcher’s Dog poetry magazine, and an associate artist with The Poetry Exchange. Degna holds an MA in Creative Writing from Newcastle University and received a Northern Writers’ Award for their poetry in 2015. They are a fellow of The Complete Works III and a recipient of a Hawthornden Fellowship. Their poetry pamphlet Handling Stolen Goods is available from Peepal Tree Press.
I’m thrilled to be part of such an interesting and diverse organisation. The work that NWN undertake is an inspiration for everyone and our ambition is to create a central base where this work can be accessible to all. The importance of including arts and culture as a central part of a successful cityscape is well documented and we want to consider every opportunity, from small buildings to being part of a larger scale development. The dynamic that NWN Centre for Writing will bring can be transformational both socially and economically and what we’re all going through at the moment has made this even more important for Newcastle.