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Catch Your Breath on display at Stockton Central Library

(22 November 2019)

See the Catch Your Breath pop-up exhibition at Stockton Central Library, Church Road, Stockton on Tees from Monday 2 December - Monday 9 December. This exhibition is free, so there’s no need to book.

Breathing isn’t just a bodily function. It allows us to speak, laugh, and sing. It connects us to the outside world. It reflects our state of mind and can be consciously controlled. Breath has inspired art and literature. For many, it has a spiritual significance. The personal and cultural meaning of breath goes beyond the simple act of keeping us alive.

Catch Your Breath explores the Life of Breath research project, jointly led by Durham University and the University of Bristol. Bringing together medical history, philosophy, art, music, and literature, the exhibition discovers new ways of thinking about breath and breathlessness and their relationship to both illness and wellbeing.

Stockton Central Library opening times:

  • Monday: 8.30am-6pm
  • Tuesday: 8.30am-8pm
  • Wednesday: 8.30am-6pm
  • Thursday: 8.30am-8pm
  • Friday: 8.30am-6pm
  • Saturday: 9.30am-4pm
  • Sunday: closed

Catch Your Breath: a poetry workshop

Date: Tuesday 3 December 2019

Time: 11am – 1pm

Location: Stockton Central Library, Church Road, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1TU


Catch Your Breath: a poetry workshop

Date: Saturday 30 November 2019

Time: 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Location: Darlington Library, Crown Street, Darlington, DL1 1ND


Join North East poet Christy Ducker ( for a writing workshop inspired by one of our most fundamental bodily functions: breath. We will write in response to art and ideas from around the world, thinking about breath and respiratory health in new ways. Expect to play with breath in the poetic line, and let the air into your writing!

Suitable for all abilities.

About Christy Ducker

Christy is a poet and teacher of creative writing. Her first full-length collection Skipper was published in 2015, and includes work commended by the Forward Prize judges. Her pamphlet Armour (2011) was a PBS Pamphlet Choice. Two further pamphlets – Heroes (2016) and Messenger(2017) – have since followed. Her commissions include residencies with Port of Tyne, English Heritage, Edinburgh Surgeons’ Hall Museum, and York University’s Centre for Immunology and Infection; she also devised and directed North East Heroes, an archives and education project funded by Arts Council England. Christy has recently been working as a research fellow on poetry and health at Newcastle University’s Institute for Creative Arts Practice.

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