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News: Poetry and Music Create “Bridges” between Newcastle and Warsaw
and Music Create “Bridges” between Newcastle and Warsaw
Dennis Westgate, 81, is a composer
and writer of musicals. During his time at Breeze Creatives in Market Street,
he has met poets Adam Siemieńczyk and Grażyna Winniczuk who became very
interested in his music.
Dennis & Grażyna
Dennis was overwhelmed to be invited
to a launch of Adam’s and Grażyna’s book of poetry Mosty (Bridges) in
Poland. The Premiere was to be on World Poetry Day at Dom Literatury (Literary
House) in Warsaw. He played his music to accompany the reading of the poetry at
During the visit, Dennis was given a
whistle-stop tour of community centres, and an Orthodox church, helped with a
poetry workshop in Białystok, visited Bialowieża National Park, played piano at
a book reading with crafts in Książnica Podlask (a library in Bialystok),
and visited Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic. This was a lot for the
81 year old to experience in a short visit but he enjoyed every moment, except
perhaps the sauerkraut!
Dennis Westgate - Photo: Carliol Photography
Dennis had the opportunity to meet
with publishers, directors and performers during his visit. He said, “The
Polish love their poetry, it was an honour to be involved with this occasion
and it seems there will more opportunities to collaborate with artists in
is the head of Tyne Music Ltd at Breeze Creatives, where he has a recording
studio and a team working to get his musicals on stage.