Pauline Plummer

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 Press, Biscuit Publishing and Orbis magazine, New Writing North (Platform), or performed at Northern Stage. She is an editor with Mudfog Press.

Pauline is an experienced tutor and editor. She has worked with all age groups from Primary up to elderly and is available for workshops. Contact her by email at

Recent Events

Pauline has been reading in Wales in the summer, together with Josephine Scott. 



 She has been giving workshops as part of Crossing the Tees, Literature Festival Cleveland,  where some of the writers she has edited
were giving a poetry reading (Patrick Shannon & Mel McEvoy)


and to Hall Garth Writers Summer School in Middlesbrough.  In Oxford she gives a
workshop in a Franciscan monastery, to monks on retreat.
She will be taking part in a short story event in Newcastle in October, Telling Tales, at Blakes in Grey St. 12 October.

New short story collection




Pauline Plummer has all the virtues of a really talented short story writer. She writes sparely and economically
but always with a sensitive, precise and resonant tone. Exotic locations like Sierra Leone are an extra bonus,
but she is equally adept at painting a harrowing picture of someone in a British prison facing a lonely and
painful future. Her dialogue is spot on and her descriptive writing exact and vivid. She deserves every success.

John Murray, publisher, editor, novelist, author of Booker long-listed Jazz etc.

More details on the Publications page.

Her poetry collection, 'Bint', published by Red Squirrel Press, was launched at
Northumbria University in December 2011. A wonderful review in 'The Crack' said of it:

'The author certainly knows a thing or two about how soul music gets its power
for expressing the most nuanced of emotions in a way that is both simple and affecting.
Plummer's own words of depth, unflowery and clear-eyed lift this collection to the rafters.'

Her book 'From Here To Timbuktu', was published by Smokestack Books in Spring 2012.
It was chosen as a Read Regional by New Writing North.

Her short story 'Goebbels' House' (See Stories page) was awarded second prize in the Ilkley Literature
Short Story Competition. Judge Martyn Bedford said of it:
"TV footage of the fall of the Berlin Wall triggers a woman’s memories of a visit in her
adolescence to that city and an amorous night with a German lad in the villa that once
belonged to Goebbels. A subtle political allegory and charming coming-of-age tale, this is an
assured piece of work – elegantly written, well structured and paced, deftly characterized –
which manages the dramatic turn of events at the villa with a tension that is all the more
effective for being understated."

A collection of short stories 'Dancing With Strangers' is published by Red Squirrel Press
and was launched on 1 December 2014 at the Lit and Phil in Newcastle.

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