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Born in Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne, and now living in Whitley Bay, Keith Armstrong has worked as a community development worker, poet, librarian and publisher. He has organised several community arts festivals in the region and many literary events, including Poetry North East, Tyneside Writers' Workshop, Tyneside Poets, and the East Durham Writers' Workshop. Keith was awarded a doctorate in 2007 by the University of Durham for his work on Newcastle writer Jack Common. His book on Jack Common, Common Words and the Wandering Star, was published by the University of Sunderland Press in 2009. His poetry has been extensively published in magazines such as New Statesman, Poetry Review, Dream Catcher, Other Poetry, The Poetry Business, and Poetry Scotland, as well as in the collections The Jingling Geordie, Dreaming North, Pains of Class, Imagined Corners, and Splinters. He has performed his poetry on several occasions at festivals across the UK and it has been translated into six languages. Supported by North Tyneside Council, Commissions North and Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, he recently worked with Berlin artist Rolf Wojciechowski on a text sculpture which involved readings on the beaches along the Northumbrian coast.