Keith Armstrong Collection
Keith Armstrong
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Reference code: GB-0033-ARM
Title: Keith Armstrong Collection
Dates of creation: 1967-2010
Extent: 2 metres
Held by: Durham University Library, Archives and Special Collections
Origination: Keith Armstrong, poet and writer
Language: English, some German, Dutch and Swedish

Keith Armstrong

Born in Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne, where he has worked as a community development worker, poet, librarian and publisher, Keith Armstrong, now residing in the seaside town of Whitley Bay, is coordinator of the Northern Voices creative writing and community publishing project which specialises in recording the experiences of people in the North East of England. He has organised several community arts festivals in the region and many literary events featuring the likes of Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Douglas Dunn, Barry Hines, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Katrina Porteous, Ian McMillan, Peter Mortimer, Sean O'Brien, Edward Bond, Edwin Morgan, Uwe Kolbe, Attila the Stockbroker, Jon Silkin, Brendan Cleary, Paul Summers, Ivor Cutler, Adrian Mitchell, Julia Darling, Jackie Kay, Linda France, Frank Messina, Ron Whitehead, Benjamin Zephaniah, Liz Lochhead, The Poets from Epibreren, Tsead Bruinja, The Poetry Virgins, and The Poetry Vandals. He was founder of Ostrich poetry magazine, Poetry North East, Tyneside Writers' Workshop, Tyneside Poets, East Durham Writers' Workshop, Tyneside Trade Unionists for Socialist Arts, Tyneside Street Press and the Strong Words and Durham Voices community publishing series. He has recently compiled and edited books on the Durham Miners Gala and on the former mining communities of County Durham, the market town of Hexham and the heritage of North Tyneside.
He has served on the Committee of the Federation of Worker Writers & Community Publishers and of the North East of England Labour History Society. He qualified as a Chartered Librarian at Newcastle Polytechnic and was employed in this field at Newcastle University Library, Blyth Public Library, International Research and Development Company (I.R.D.,Newcastle), Merz & McLellan Consulting Engineers (Killingworth), Gateshead College and Sunderland Libraries, before becoming a community worker with Newcastle Neighbourhood Projects (part of Community Projects Foundation), research worker with Tyneside Housing Aid Centre, and then Community Arts Development Worker (1980-6) with Peterlee Community Arts (later East Durham Community Arts).
As an industrial librarian at I.R.D., he was christened “Arts & Darts”, organising an events programme in the firm incuding poetry readings, theatrical productions, and art exhibitions by his fellow workers, as well as launching Ostrich poetry magazine using the firm's copying facilities and arranging darts matches between departments! He has been a self-employed writer since 1986 and he was awarded a doctorate at the University of Durham in 2007 for his work on writer Jack Common, having received a BA Honours Degree in Sociology in 1995 and Masters Degree in 1998 for his studies on regional culture in the North East of England. His biography of Jack Common was published by the University of Sunderland Press in 2009.
He was Year of the Artist 2000 poet-in-residence at Hexham Races, working with painter Kathleen Sisterson. He has also held residencies in Durham, Easington, Sedgefield, Derwentside, Teesdale, Wear Valley, Chester-le-Street and Sunderland.
His poetry has been extensively published in magazines such as New Statesman, Poetry Review, Citizen 32, Dream Catcher, Other Poetry, Aesthetica, Iron, Kenaz, True Faith, Salzburg Poetry Review, Sand, X Magazine, The Cherryburn Times, The Poetry Business, and Poetry Scotland, as well as in the collections The Jingling Geordie, Dreaming North (with Graeme Rigby), Pains of Class and Imagined Corners, on cassette, LP & CD, and on radio & TV. He has also written for music-theatre productions, including Oer the Hills (with Dreaming North - Graeme Rigby, Rick Taylor, Paul Flush, Joan McKay and Keith Morris, with guest Kathryn Tickell,) and Wor Jackie (with Mike Kirkup) (1988) for Northumberland Theatre Company; Pigs Meat (1997 & 2000) for Bruvvers Theatre Company; and The Roker Roar (1998) for Monkwearmouth Youth Theatre Company. Other commissioned work includes Fire & Brimstone (with Linda France, Paul Flush and others) (1989) and The Hexham Celebration (with Paul Flush and others) (1992), both for the Hexham Abbey Festival; Suite for the River Wear (with Dreaming North) (1989) for BBC Radio; and The Little Count (with Andy Jackson and Benny Graham) (1993) for Durham County Council. He won the Kate Collingwood Bursary Award in 1986. He was the Judge for the Sid Chaplin Short Story Awards in 2000.
He has performed his poetry on several occasions at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and at Festivals in Aberdeen, Bradford, Cardiff, Cheltenham (twice at the Festival of Literature - with Liz Lochhead and with “Sounds North”), Durham, Newcastle upon Tyne, Greenwich, Lancaster, and throughout the land. He has read in Newcastle at the Morden Tower, Swarley's Club, Newcastle & Northumbria Universities, The Blue Room & The Baltic, at Durham's University & Colpitts Poetry, Berwick's Maltings & Guildhall, Tees Valley's Write Around & Writers' Cafe, Leed's Wicked Words, York's Riverlines, Lincoln's Spoken Word, Liverpool's Stamps, Sheffield's Antics, Bradford's Grey Sheep Cabaret, Aberdeen's Springtides, London's Apples & Snakes, at the Universities of Bath, Durham, Newcastle and Warwick, in Edinburgh at Newbattle Abbey College, the Scottish Poetry Library, the Royal Oak, Big Word and Diggers venues, in Limerick at The White House and at Galway's North Beach Nights, in St. Mary's Lighthouse, Whitley Bay, in Berwick Town Hall, and in castles, churches, hotels, bars, and community centres throughout the land. He has received an Arts Council of Northern Ireland grant to visit Belfast and Northern Cultural Skills Partnership grants to attend conferences in Bath, Leeds and London.
In his youth, he travelled to Paris to seek out the grave of poet Charles Baudelaire and he has been making cultural pilgrimages abroad ever since. He has toured to Russia, Georgia, Bulgaria, Poland, Iceland (including readings with Peter Mortimer during the Cod War), Denmark, France, Germany (including readings at the Universities of Hamburg, Kiel, Oldenburg, Trier and Tuebingen), Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Spain, Sweden, Czech Republic, The Netherlands, the United States, Cuba, Jamaica and Kenya. His poetry has been translated into Dutch, German, Russian, Italian, Icelandic and Czech.
He has long pioneered cultural exchanges with Durham's twinning partners, particularly Tuebingen and Nordenham in Germany and Ivry-sur-Seine and Amiens in France, as well as with Newcastle's Dutch twin-city of Groningen. In fact, he has visited Tuebingen some 30 times since he first spent a month there in November 1987 as poet-in-residence supported by Durham County Council and the Kulturamt, and he has performed his poetry in the city's Hoelderlin Tower and, on three occasions, as part of the annual Book Festival. He has arranged for writers such as Katrina Porteous, Julia Darling, Michael Standen, Alan C. Brown and Linda France to join him in Tuebingen. In 2002, he visited New York City to give readings with the aid of a Northern Arts Award.
He has also won Northern Arts Awards to visit Berlin in 1990, in 2001 to pursue his studies of Dutch regional culture, in 2002 to visit New York, and in 2003 to visit Prague (with poet Paul Summers). His travels to Denmark, Germany, Holland and Sweden have also been supported by the British Council. By way of cultural exchange, he has arranged for visits to North East England by poets from Scotland, Germany, The Netherlands, the Czech Republic, America and Russia.
He often works and travels with folk-musicians from North East England, including Jez Lowe, Marie Little, Gary Miller and George Welch, and he has written the lyrics for an album, Bleeding Sketches, by folk-rock band The Whisky Priests, with whom he has toured extensively in The Netherlands. He has also visited the European Parliament in Strasbourg to perform his poetry with musicians Pete Challoner and Ian Carr. He has recently inspired songs by Jez Lowe and by Joseph Porter of Blyth Power.
In 2004-5, with the support of Arts Council England, North Tyneside Council and Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, he worked with Berlin artist Rolf Wojciechowski on a text sculpture which involved readings on the beaches along the Northumbrian coast from Marsden to Cullercoats and from Druridge Bay to Berwick.
In 2007 he collaborated on the touring play The Making of Saint Cuthbert for which he wrote and performed his poetry including shows in local churches. He appeared again at the Hexham Abbey Festival in 2008 and at the Durham Book Festival.
Though a regionalist inspired by the landscape of his birth and its folk and musical traditions, he is very much a European and his work is much influenced by writers such as Hoelderlin, Hesse, Brecht, Baudelaire, Prevert, Esenin, and Mayakovsky.


The collection contains much of Armstrong's work, not just in published form such as volumes of poetry, anthologies, magazine articles and interviews but also recording his long-running and varied performance work with material like posters, programmes, recordings and reviews. It also records his far-ranging collaborative work, both with other artists and notably as a facilitator for others in themed or local writing groups.
The formats of the material reflect the changing means and media in self-financed publishing in the later 20th century, from the co-operative local newspapers such as the Gateshead Street Press through all the changing technologies of copying, printing and publishing to the computer and the internet.

Accession details

Presented by Keith Armstrong, as follows:
January 2007 (Accession Misc.2006/7:91): A0001-0380; BA1-4; BB1-12; BC1-2; C1-319; D1-38.
August 2010 (Accession Misc.2010/11:25): A0381-A409; BB13-; BC3-; C320.
November 2010 (Accession Misc.2010/11:37): A0410; BB; BC; C.
March 2011 (Accession Misc.2010/11:74): A0411-; BB; BC; C.
September 2014 (Accession Misc.2014/15:9)

Conditions of access

Open for consultation.

Copyright and copying

Permission to make any published use of material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Sub-Librarian, Special Collections (e-mail and, where appropriate, from the copyright owner. The Library will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material


The collection has been listed in the following categories, although many of the items overlap across more than one group. Where possible they are in chronological order.
A few pieces of general biography and bibliography; publications by Armstrong, starting with individually published volumes, Ostrich, and then work with various groups: the Tyneside Poets, Strong Words, Durham Voices & Northern Voices, East Durham Community Arts and Dreaming North. This is followed by a section of material from festivals, performances and exhibitions; periodicals and magazines containing work and reviews; anthologies, creative writing and other books and finally a small separate group of correspondence and items that could not easily be fitted into any of the above.
General biography and bibliography
Tyneside Poets
Strong Words
Durham Voices / Northern Voices
East Durham Community Arts
Dreaming North
Festivals, performances, events and exhibitions
Newcastle / Groningen literary exchange
Durham / Tuebingen literary exchange
Anthologies, creative writing and other books

Technical requirements

The reel to reel tapes require a suitable tape player.

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K. Armstrong, “"The jingling Geordie" Community arts and the regional culture of the North East of England”, Durham Thesis 1998/ARM.
K. Armstrong, “From the 'Freedom of the Streets' : a biographical study of culture and social change in the life and work of writer Jack Common (1903-1968)”, Durham Thesis 2007/ARM.


Publications, 1972-2011
ARM/A0245   1970
Tracks from the span, Keith Armstrong (Walton-on-Thames: Outposts, 1970).
ARM/A0189   1972
The day the Tory lights went out (On the occasion of the Great Miners' Strike of 1972). (Whitley Bay: Tyneside Writers' Workshop, 1972).
1 sheet
ARM/A0015   1972
Mist bound poems, Keith Armstrong and Geoff Holland (Whitley Bay: Erdesdun Pomes, 1972).
ARM/A0378   1972
Grey's monument. Poem printed as publicity for Newcastle Festival 1972.
1 sheet
ARM/A0183   1973
Paris: poems, Keith Armstrong (Whitley Bay: Erdesdun Poems, 1973) (photocopy).
ARM/A0175   1974
Revolution down the mines, poem Keith Armstrong; graphics Maureen Scott (London: League of Socialist Artists, 1974).
ARM/A0346   1978
Derelict, Keith Armstrong (Newcastle upon Tyne: People's Poetry Publications, 1978). Poem published as broadside, with illustration by Chris Dodds.
1 sheet
ARM/A0345   1980
But for fortune (The Hoppings, Newcastle upon Tyne), Keith Armstrong (Whitley Bay: Erdesdun Publications, 1980). Poem published as broadside “for Newcastle 900”, with illustration by Audrey King.
1 sheet
ARM/A0177   1982
Pains of class, Keith Armstrong; illustrations Frans Masareel (London: Artery, 1982).
ARM/C5/11   [later 1980s]
Flyer for Amen corner, limited edition poetry poster about Thomas Bewick, poem Keith Armstrong; linocut Judy Macklin.
1 sheet
ARM/A0237   1989
The legend of the Lambton Worm, illustrated Jorge Lulic. Text revised Keith Armstrong, (Washington, Tyne & Wear: Little Book, 1989).
ARM/C1/1   18 February 1989
Press cutting announcing The legend of the Lambton Worm.
ARM/A0236   1990
The Blaydon races, illustrated Jorge Lulic. Text revised Keith Armstrong (Washington, Tyne and Wear: Little Book, 1990).
ARM/A0191   1990
Little girl (Whitley Bay: Common Trust, 1990). Card with poem (Keith Armstrong) and photograph (Stan Gamester) produced from their visit to Berlin in May 1990.
1 sheet
ARM/A0192   1990
Senefelderstrasse 19, East Berlin (Whitley Bay: Common Trust, 1990). Card with poem (Keith Armstrong) and photograph (Stan Gamester) produced from their visit to Berlin in May 1990.
1 sheet
ARM/C1/2   1999
Proof copy of press review of Old dog on the Isle of Women.
ARM/BC7   January 2005
CD: Hinterlands. Poems by Keith Armstrong, violin David Biermann (Burge Surtees Associates Ltd).
ARM/A0256   2005
Imagined corners, Keith Armstrong (Middlesbrough: Smokestack Books, 2005)
ARM/C1/3-32   2005
Marked up proof copy of Imagined corners.
1 file
ARM/C28/18-22   2005
Smokestack books' flyer for Imagined corners.
ARM/C6/9-11   2005-2006
Reviews of Imagined corners and Angels playing football, by Liz Forster, in North east history, vol 37 (2006), 212-215, and review.
ARM/A0266   2006
Angels playing football: Newcastle poems, Keith Armstrong (Whitley Bay: Northern Voices, 2006).
ARM/C12/1-108   2006
“Castle Stair reel: new selected poems”, Keith Armstrong. File of printed or typescript copies of poems assembled for an unpublished collection (titlepage dated 8/1/2006).
1 file
ARM/A0267   2006
Sweet heart: erotic verse, Keith Armstrong (Whitley Bay: Northern Voices, 2006).
ARM/A0255   2007
The Hive of Liberty: the life and works of Thomas Spence (1750 - 1814), ed. Keith Armstrong, with an introduction by Joan Beal (Whitley Bay: Thomas Spence Trust, 2007).
ARM/C30/1-18   1997-2010
Flyers, reviews and material for works on Thomas Spence, including Pigs meat with Bruvvers theatre and Swarley club events.
ARM/A0444   2010
The Hive of Liberty: the life and works of Thomas Spence (1750 - 1814), ed. Keith Armstrong, with an introduction by Joan Beal and a new essay by Malcolm Chase (Whitley Bay: Thomas Spence Trust, 2010).
ARM/A0385   2008
A blush in Staindrop Church. The story of Christopher Smart (1722-1771) and his youth in Durham, ed. Keith Armstrong (Whitley Bay: Northern Voices, 2008).
ARM/C5/43-49   2009
“North East poetry: debunking some myths”, article by Keith Armstrong on Basil Bunting and the “North East”.
ARM/A0411   2009
Common words and the wandering star: a biographical study of culture and social change in the life and work of writer Jack Common, 1903-1968, Keith Armstrong (Sunderland: University of Sunderland Press, 2009).
ARM/C29/1-24   1986-2009
Cuttings on Jack Common and publicity material for readings and events about him.
ARM/A0442   2011
Splinters, poems by Keith Armstrong (London: Hill Salad Books, 2011).
ARM/A0443   2011
The month of the asparagus, poems by Keith Armstrong (London: Ward Wood, 2011).
General biography and bibliography
ARM/C6/14-20   January 2006
Biography of Keith Armstrong and selection of press quotes.
ARM/C6/21   ca. 1998
Typescript select list of Armstrong's works.
ARM/C6/22-23   2006
Select list of Armstrong's works.
Ostrich, 1971-76
ARM/A0153   1971
Arts Club presents: Apathy A magazine of the arts, ed. Keith Armstrong. Precursor to Ostrich.
ARM/A0049-0063, 0065-66   1971-1976
Ostrich nos 1-17 (Whitley Bay: Erdesdun Pomes).
ARM/A0064   1975
Canary men and cobblers: the lives of two retired Northumberland miners told by themselves, James Tracey, Norman Thompson; ed. Keith Armstrong (Whitley Bay: Erdesdun Pomes [for] Ostrich [Publications], 1975). Included with Ostrich 14/15.
ARM/A0355-0357   1973-1974
Ostrich newsletter nos 1-3. Free single sheet newsletter issued by publishers of Ostrich.
ARM/C1/33-37   1973
Records of action against road building through Saltwell Park by pressure group “Gateshead 2000” (see Ostrich Newsletter no 1), poster and press cuttings.
ARM/C1/38   [1974?]
Typescript bibliography of Armstrong's work, on Ostrich's headed paper.
ARM/C5/38   [early 1970s]
Press cutting about Ostrich.
1 piece
Tyneside Poets, 1970s
ARM/D1   [1970s]
“Pubtime poetry”. Poster for readings, organised by North Tyneside Libraries, by George Macbeth, Dannie Abse and Ivor Cutler, each with the Tyneside Poets, at the Bay Hotel, Cullercoats.
Size: 51 x 38 cm
ARM/C1/39   [1970s]
Poster for Tyneside Poets poetry readings at Morden Tower.
Size: 30 x 21 cm
ARM/C1/40   1972
Flyer requesting contributions for exhibition to be held in Newcastle in 1973.
ARM/A0409   1973
Wallsend Arts Centre. Summer entertainments 1973, programme.
ARM/D2   [ca. 1973-1975]
Poster on card made up of press cuttings about the Tyneside Poets, poster for event at Lumley Castle (1975), poster for Killingworth & Longbenton Festival (1975).
Size: 53 x 64 cm
ARM/D3   [1973-1975]
Poster on card made up of press cuttings about the Tyneside Poets (only 5 pieces remain) reading at Molle (1973) and Hamburg (1975) Literary Festivals.
Size: 53 x 64 cm
ARM/C6/12   [ca. 1973]
Sheet of photocopied press cuttings about the Tyneside poets.
ARM/C6/13   [ca. 1973]
Photocopied flyer for the Tyneside poets.
ARM/A0258   1973
A portrait of Grainger Market, by the Tyneside Poets. (Whitley Bay: Erdesdun Pomes, 1973).
ARM/BA1   1973
Recording of feature on Grainger Market, Newcastle, by Keith Armstrong for Radio Newcastle, broadcast 19 July 1973.
ARM/BB23   1973
Cassette recording of feature on Grainger Market, Newcastle, by Keith Armstrong for Radio Newcastle, broadcast 19 July 1973.
ARM/C1/41-42   1973
Press announcement and poster for exhibition of photographs of Grainger Market by Ian Dickson and Geoff Waters.
ARM/C26/30   1973
Large poster for exhibition of photographs of Grainger Market by Ian Dickson and Geoff Waters.
ARM/A0359   October 1973
Newcastle festival programme Sept 28 - Oct 14 1973. Includes reading by Tyneside Poets, 7 October.
ARM/A0209-215   1973-1980
Poetry North East issues 1-7.
ARM/A0376   July 1974
“Tyneside Poets' Newsletter”.
ARM/BA2   1975
Tape recording: William Martin, written and performed by the Tyneside Poets, with songs by Gordon Phillips. Broadcast by Radio Newcastle, May 1975.
ARM/BB24   1975
Cassette recording of William Martin for Radio Newcastle, broadcast My 1975.
ARM/A0186   8 October 1975
“The Tyneside poets live! at the Gulbenkian”. Programme, with texts, of poetry reading by Peter Mortimer, Mike Wilkin, Keith Armstrong and Gordon Phillips.
ARM/C1/43-64   1976
Press cuttings about poetry readings by Keith Armstrong and Peter Mortimer in Iceland.
ARM/A0436   1976
Newcastle festival events 1976. Programme.
1 sheet
ARM/C6/65   8 October 1976
Photocopy poster for reading by Yevgeny Yevtushenko at the Mining Institute, Newcastle.
ARM/A0360   1979
Newcastle festival June 15 - July 1. Includes Cuny, portrait of John Cunningham (1729-73) by Tyneside Poets, 21 & 28 June.
ARM/C26/1-29   1973-1980
Posters and reviews for Tyneside Poets readings and events.
1 file
Strong Words Collective, 1977-84
ARM/D4   14 December 1977
Poster: Grand launching. Poster for launch of Strong Words publishing, at the Side Cinema.
Size: 40 x 29 cm
ARM/A0262   1977
Cumen and gannin: new poems in the Northumbrian dialect, by Fred Reed; ed Keith Armstrong; photographs Sirkka-Liisa Kontinnen; drawings Julian Watson. (Whitley Bay: Strong Words, 1977).
ARM/A0261   1978
Missile village: a “Strong Words” portrait of Gilsland, ed. Keith Armstrong, Helen Pickles, Tony Whittle. (Whitley Bay: Strong Words, 1978).
ARM/C5/24-26   undated and 2003
2 letters about Missile village.
ARM/A0047   1978
Writing (London: Federation of Worker Writers and Community Publishers, 1978). Includes section by Erdesdun Publications / Strong Words.
ARM/A0406-A0408   September 1978
A miner condition. A short play by Ian Renwick and Keith Armstrong (Strong Words rush edition). Two word processed versions and an extract.
ARM/C28/7   1979
Poster for Tell me what is real.
Size: 30 x 20 cm
ARM/A0005   1979
Tell me what is real: a Strong Words anthology of working-class writing from the North East of England (Whitley Bay: Strong Words, 1979).
ARM/A0030   1979
Worker writer. Issue 1 (Newcastle upon Tyne ('E' Floor, Milburn House, Dean St., Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1LF): Federation of Worker Writers and Community Publishers, 1979). Includes a Strong Words manifesto.
ARM/A0242   1979
But the world goes on the same: changing times in Durham pit villages, ed Durham Strong Words Collective (Whitley Bay: Erdesdun Publications, 1979).
ARM/A0336   December 1979
Language:   Swedish
Månadsbulletinen no 43 (Lund: Bokcaféts, 1979). Includes article on Strong Words.
ARM/A0235   1980
What price happiness? my life from coal hewer to shop steward, Dick Beavis (Whitley Bay: Strong Words, 1980).
ARM/A0251   1980
The way I see it, Fred Ramsey (Whitley Bay: Strong Words for Wallsend Arts Centre, 1980).
ARM/A0243   1982
A chill time: poems on the thirties, Stan Shields illustrated by himself; ed. Keith Armstrong (Durham: Strong Words, 1982).
ARM/C17/1-35   1977-1984
File of publicity material and reviews for publications by Strong Words.
1 file
Durham Voices / Northern Voices, 1977-2014
ARM/C28/8-11   1977
Flyer for Sweets for my sweet. The story of Welch's Sweets, the North Tyneside family firm, ed. K. Armstrong and Val White (Northern Voices, 1977), and reviews.
ARM/A0026   1984
Durham voices 1 (Peterlee: Durham Voices, 1984).
ARM/A0239   1985
The last coals of spring. Poems, stories and songs by the women of Easington Colliery (Peterlee: Durham Voices, 1985).
ARM/A0287   1986
Stranger than the rest. Creative writing from Cherry Knowle Hospital, Sunderland (Peterlee: Durham Voices, 1986).
ARM/A0289   1986
What we have is pride. Poems, by Linsey Pigford, selected Keith Armstrong (Peterlee: Durham Voices, 1986).
ARM/C3/1   [1986]
Printed brochure advertising the work of Durham Voices.
1 piece
ARM/BB17   1987
Cassette recording: Remember what unites us, Keith Armstrong, Ian Carr and Pete Challinor. Recorded 1 December 1986 (Northern Voices)
ARM/BB18   [ca. 1987]
Cassette recording: Jogging to the Falklands, Keith Armstrong, Ian Carr and Pete Challinor.
ARM/BB19   [later 1980s]
Cassette recording: The Elvis diaries. A story of the life and times of Elvis Presley from 76 Thomas Street, Craghead, Stanley, County Durham, Keith Armstrong and Jim Nunn.
ARM/A0241   1987
Write together An anthology of Northern writing, ed. Keith Armstrong (Peterlee: Durham Voices/Write Together Collective, 1987).
ARM/A0240   1988
We are the valley Stories, pictures and poems (Durham: Durham Voices, 1988).
ARM/A0252   1988
Where explosions are no more: the Trimdons in the words of local people, ed. Keith Armstrong (Durham : Durham Voices, 1988).
ARM/C5/20   1988
Programme of events to mark launch of Where explosions are no more.
ARM/A0263   1988
Bridging the gap: Poems and stories from women in Washington, Tyne and Wear (Washington, Tyne and Wear: Durham Voices / Bridge Project, 1988).
ARM/A0260   1989
From Fissebourne to Fishburn: Fishburn past and present told in stories, poems and pictures by local people, ed Keith Armstrong (Durham: Durham Voices, 1989).
ARM/C5/18-19   1989
2 photographs of the editorial panel of From Fissebourne to Fishburn.
2 pieces
ARM/A0264   1990
From pit-wheel to green field Thornley past and present in the words of local people, ed Keith Armstrong (Durham: Durham Voices, 1990).
ARM/A0265   1990
One fell swoop: Pelton Fell past & present in the words of local people, ed Keith Armstrong, Julie Ward (Durham: Durham Voices, 1990).
ARM/A0238   1991
'... not all lead and fluorspar ...' : Stories and poems from Weardale, (Durham : Northern Voices, 1991).
ARM/A0269   1991
Here I may sweat and dig for lead: Teesdale mining traditions in the words of local people (Durham: Northern Voices, 1991).
ARM/BB14   1991
Cassette recording: The poetry of percussion, Keith Armstrong and Bruce Arthur (Northern Voices)
ARM/BB15   [1991]
Cassette recording: “The poetry of percussion. Additional tracks”, Keith Armstrong and Bruce Arthur.
ARM/BB16   1991
Cassette recording: Sound city. Poetry from North East England, Keith Armstrong and Bruce Arthur (Northern Voices)
ARM/C265   [ca. 1993]
Press release for Northern Arts about Keith Armstrong and Northern Voices.
ARM/A0020   1994
The big meeting: a people's view of the Durham Miners' Gala, ed Keith Armstrong (Newcastle upon Tyne: Trade Union Printing Services in association with 'Northern Voices' and Index Books, 1994)
ARM/C2/1-43   1994
Notes collected for The big meeting: a people's view of the Durham Miners' Gala, ed Keith Armstrong (Newcastle upon Tyne: Trade Union Printing Services in association with 'Northern Voices' and Index Books, 1994).
Includes letter from Tony Benn (with song), 2 letters from Dennis Skinner, poster requesting contributions to the book, brochure for book, invitation to exhibition at Durham art Gallery, 3 letters of appreciation, 6 copies of photographs used in the book, 4 colour photographs from 1983 Gala, 15 photographs of brass bands (1920s-1990) including several of George Terry of Washington Welfare Brass Band, and press cuttings.
ARM/D5   1994
Poster for 110th Durham Miners' gala.
Size: 42 x 30 cm
ARM/A0320   1994
110th Durham Miners' gala souvenir programme Saturday 9th July (Durham).
ARM/C6/1-2   1995
“Northern voices make strong words”, copy of article by Keith Armstrong in Community writing Oct/Nov 1995, p.16-17.
ARM/BB8   17 June 1996
Cassette recording: BBC Radio Newcastle (Paddy MacDee Show) interview about Northern Voices' current projects.
ARM/A0229   2000
Our village: memories of the Durham mining communities, ed. Keith Armstrong (Seaham, Co. Durham : The People's History Ltd., 2000).
ARM/C31/6-13   2000
Press cuttings of reviews of Our village.
5 pieces
ARM/A0397   2002
The town of old Hexham. An historical miscellany in words and pictures, ed. Keith Armstrong (Seaham: The People's History, 2002).
ARM/C28/14   2002
Flyer for The town of old Hexham ...
ARM/C19/1-12   2001-2002
Correspondence with publisher about The town of old Hexham ..., press release and reviews.
ARM/A0430   1989
Hexham through the ages. A selection from historical sources relating to Hexham, compiled by the Northumberland Record Office for Hexham Civic Society.
1 wallet
ARM/A0398   [200-]
Small is beautiful! Celebrating traders in North Shields, Wallsend and Whitley Bay Text by Keith Armstrong Photographs & design by Peter Dixon (Whitley Bay: Northern Voices).
ARM/C15/1-46   2004-2008
File on project on Christopher Smart: notes on proposed oratorio “O poor Kitty”; performance of “Smart: music and poetry”, Durham Gala Theatre 4 December 2005; correspondence on grant by Lottery Awards for All to Northern Voices; biographical notes; poetry workshop at Durham School and performance of “A blush at Staindrop Church”, Durham Clayport Library 11 June 2008.
1 file
ARM/A0453   2006
Girl in a Spittal window, Keith Armstrong “Published by The Maltings Theatre and Art Centre, Berwick upon Tweed, in association with Northern Voices” Poem published as broadside, with photograph by Tony Whittle.
1 sheet
Size: 43 x 29.5 cm
ARM/A0454   2006
Our Spittal, Keith Armstrong “Published by The Maltings Theatre and Art Centre, Berwick upon Tweed, in association with Northern Voices” Poem published as broadside, with photograph by Tony Whittle.
1 sheet
Size: 43 x 29.5 cm
ARM/A0452   2007
Spider: in memoriam, Keith Armstrong “Published by Northern Voices” Poem published as broadside, with photograph of man finishing a pint.
1 sheet
Size: 43 x 29.5 cm
ARM/BC10   2007
CD: Sound city. Poetry and music from North East England, Keith Armstrong (Northern Voices) [re-issue of ARM/BB16]
ARM/C11/1-55   2007-2008
File of research material and poems for Northern Voices' “The white horse of Kilburn”: poems by Keith Armstrong, Tony Morris and Trevor Teasdel; photographs by Tony Whittle; design by Peter Dixon (Northallerton Library 14-25 January 2008; Thirsk Library 28 January - 8 February 2008).
1 file
ARM/A0455   2008
The white horse of Kilburn, Keith Armstrong “Published by Northern Voices” Poem published as broadside, with photograph by Tony Whittle.
1 sheet
Size: 43 x 29.5 cm
ARM/A0456   [ca. 2010]
Shields crawls : north, Keith Armstrong. Poem published as broadside, with photograph of North Shields pubs.
1 sheet
Size: 43 x 29.5 cm
ARM/A0403   2010
From Segedunum to the Spanish City. North Tyneside's heritage in words and pictures, ed. Keith Armstrong photography and design by Peter Dixon (Whitley Bay: Northern Voices Community Projects, 2010).
Poster for From Segedunum to the Spanish City. and reviews.
ARM/A0448   2010
Grand times. The story of the Grand Hotel, Tynemouth, edited by Keith Armstrong; modern photos, design and layout by Peter Dixon; histroical photos courtesy of Charlie Steel and Grand Hotel. Grand Poetry written by Keith Armstrong as a result of his Grand Hotel residency in 2010.
ARM/A0447   [2011]
The light in the Centurion. The story of Newcastle's historic bar, text and poetry Keith Armstrong; photographs Peter Dixon & Tony Whittle; design and photo selection Peter Dixon; production Northern Voices Community Projects.
ARM/A0445   2012
Still the sea rolls on. The Hartley Pit calamity of 1862. A commemoration in words and images to mark its 150th anniversary featuring poems, stories, drawings and photographs by local people, compiled and edited by Keith Armstrong and Peter Dixon (Whitley Bay: Northern Voices Community Projects, 2012).
ARM/A0412   2012
The Spanish City. The heart and soul of Whitley Bay in words and pictures, ed. Keith Armstrong; design and photography by Peter Dixon (Whitley Bay: Northern Voices Community Projects, 2012).
ARM/A0449   2012
Huis de beurs, Keith Armstrong “Published by Northern Voices Community Projects ... to celebrate the cultural exchange between Groningen and Newcastle upon Tyne and mark the 20th anniversary of Keith Armstrong's first visit to Groningen in 1992.” Poem published as broadside, with photograph of the cafe.
1 sheet
Size: 43 x 29.5 cm
ARM/A0450   2012
Vismarkt, Keith Armstrong “Published by Northern Voices Community Projects ... to celebrate the cultural exchange between Groningen and Newcastle upon Tyne and mark the 20th anniversary of Keith Armstrong's first visit to Groningen in 1992.” Poem published as broadside, with photograph of the marketplace.
1 sheet
Size: 43 x 29.5 cm
ARM/A0451   2012
Keep an eye on the Martini Tower for me, Keith Armstrong “Published by Northern Voices Community Projects ... to celebrate the cultural exchange between Groningen and Newcastle upon Tyne and mark the 20th anniversary of Keith Armstrong's first visit to Groningen in 1992.” Poem published as broadside, with photograph of the tower.
1 sheet
Size: 43 x 29.5 cm
ARM/A0446   2014
North Tyneside steam. A celebration of the bicentenary of the steam locomotive Blucher, together with the story of its creator George Stephenson in North Tyneside and of steam railways in the area, compiled and edited by Keith Armstrong and Peter Dixon (Whitley Bay: Northern Voices Community Projects, 2014).
East Durham Community Arts, 1981-1990s
ARM/A0427   1981
Peterlee Community Arts scene, number 1.
ARM/A0347   1982
The lime groves laugh, Christopher Storey (Peterlee: Peterlee Community Arts, 1982). East Durham Writers' Workshop poetry-poster; no.1. Poem published as broadside, with illustration by Enrico Equi.
ARM/A0348   1982
Gifts from Gloria, Paul Hemphill (Peterlee: Peterlee Community Arts, 1982). East Durham Writers' Workshop poetry-poster; no.2. Poem published as broadside, with illustration by John Wagstaff.
ARM/A0349   1982
Carved elephant, Bill Levitas (Peterlee: Peterlee Community Arts, 1982). East Durham Writers' Workshop poetry-poster; no.4. Poem published as broadside, with illustration by Mary Russell.
ARM/A0427   1983
Peterlee Community Arts scene, number 2.
ARM/A0247   1983
Kicking around: poems from Dene House Comprehensive School, Peterlee and the East Durham Writers' Workshop (Peterlee: East Durham Writers' Workshop, 1983).
ARM/A0286   1983
Fall out A magazine of new writing no 1 (Peterlee: East Durham Writers Workshop, 1983).
ARM/A0363   1984
East Durham Community Arts brochure (Peterlee: East Durham Community Arts, 1984).
ARM/A0425   Spring 1984
East Durham Community Arts newsletter.
ARM/A0434   1984
East Durham Community Arts Annual report 1983-84 (Peterlee: East Durham Community Arts, 1984).
ARM/C5/4   [ca. 1984]
Press cutting about East Durham Community Arts.
1 piece
ARM/A0003   1984
Anthology eightyfour. A collection of poetry and prose, East Durham Writers Workshop (Horden: East Durham Writers Workshop, 1984)
ARM/A0032   1984
Toe rag, ed. Kevin Cadwallender (Durham: East Durham Community Arts, 1984).
ARM/A0008   1984
Horden miners: the lives of two Horden miners in their own words, ed. Keith Armstrong; photographs Michael Scott (Peterlee: East Durham Community Arts, 1984).
ARM/A0009   1984
Miners' wives: the life of women in the mining villages of Horden and Blackhall, ed. Keith Armstrong with material gathered by Susan Wilson (Durham: East Durham Community Arts, 1984).
ARM/D6   15 November [1984]
Poster for miners benefit concert, Peterlee Labour Club.
Size: 42 x 30 cm
ARM/A0193   December 1984
The girls from S.E.A.M.. Article, poems and photographs about Save Easington Area Mines.
1 sheet
ARM/A0010   1985
Save Easington! Easington colliery past and present in the words of local people, young and old, ed Keith Armstrong & David F. Wilson (Easington: East Durham Community Arts,1985).
ARM/A0151   1985
Thomsett, Pamela, Community art: a viable redefinition of the relationship between art and society?. Dissertation presented for BA Communication Studies, Sunderland Polytechnic. A study of East Durham Community Arts.
ARM/A0435   1985
East Durham Community Arts Annual report 1984-85 (Peterlee: East Durham Community Arts, 1985).
Easington - Greenwich twinning, 1985
ARM/A0358   1985
Greenwich Easington: twin town news. Newsletter.
ARM/A0161   1985
Greenwich arts comic, issue 3 January-March 1985 (London: G.A.C.).
ARM/A0012   1985
E. G. Examples of creative writing from Easington & Greenwich, Introduction Keith Armstrong and Kevin Cadwallender (Easington: East Durham Community Arts and Clockhouse Writers, Greenwich, 1985).
ARM/D7   Saturday 15 December [1985?]
Poster: “Greenwich Performance Collective”, at Thames Poly Cellar Bar.
Size: 78 x 53 cm
Posters for events
ARM/D8   [1980s?]
Poster: Benjamin Zephaniah at Peterlee College, 27 October.
Size: 42 x 30 cm
ARM/D9   11 May [1980s]
Poster: Dread beat & blood, film shown at Lee House, Peterlee; screened by East Durham Writers.
Size: 64 x 45 cm
ARM/D10   [1980s ?]
Poster: “Peterlee seen”. An exhibition of photographs by the Peterlee Photo Co-operative: Dave Hepple, Les King, Anthony Hopkinson, Simon Carr.
Size: 30 x 42 cm
ARM/D11   [1980s]
Poster for Peterlee Art Club meetings, held at Community Centre, Peterlee.
Size: 42 x 30 cm
ARM/D12   [1981]
Poster for showing of The war game, St Cuthbert's Church Hall, Peterlee
Size: 42 x 30 cm
ARM/D13   13 April [1981]
East Durham Writers Workshop: poster for talk by Roy Clarke and launch of their new anthology.
Size: 42 x 30 cm
ARM/D14   13 February [1982]
Poster for Easington District CND party, Norseman Hotel, Peterlee.
Size: 42 x 30 cm
ARM/D15   January 1983
Poster for WEA course “Women's words” for local women interested in writing, at Peterlee Technical College.
Size: 42 x 30 cm
ARM/D16   14 April 1984
Poster for East Durham Arts & Crafts Fair, at Peterlee Technical College.
Size: 42 x 30 cm
ARM/D17   14 December [mid 1980s]
Poster for Attila the Stockbroker, at Peterlee College.
Size: 42 x 30 cm
ARM/D18   2 May [1985]
Poster for Attila the Stockbroker, at Balmbra's, Cloth Market, Newcastle.
Size: 42 x 30 cm
ARM/D19   1986
Poster for 5th anniversary of twinning of Peterlee and Nordenham.
Size: 43 x 31 cm
ARM/D20   [late 1980s ?]
Poster: “East Durham. Photographs by Anthony Hopkinson”, exhibition at Castle Chare, Durham and Arts & Information Centre, Peterlee.
Size: 44 x 32 cm
ARM/D21   [1988 ?]
Poster: “Durham past & present. Words & images”, exhibition at Castle Chare, Durham and Arts & Information Centre, Peterlee. Organized by Strong Words, Darlington Media Workshop, Wear Valley Trades Council, Peterlee Community Arts.
Size: 44 x 32 cm
ARM/D35   Tuesday 12 July [1988 ?]
Poster: Joint Castle Chare & Peterlee Community Arts event at Castle Chare, Durham and Arts & Information Centre, Peterlee. Includes “Durham past & present. Words & images”.
Size: 44 x 32 cm
ARM/C5/50-54   1980-1991
Press cuttings about East Durham Community Arts.
1 piece
Dreaming North, 1985-89
ARM/BB1   1980s
Cassette recording: side A - Dreaming North (including Newcastle Sequence)
BBC Radio Newcastle “Grainger Market”.
ARM/BB3   1980s
Cassette recording: Dreaming North Birdsongs
ARM/D22   Friday 8 November [1985]
Poster: “Dreaming North”, Newcastle Polytechnic.
Size: 42 x 30 cm
ARM/D23   Satruday 26 July [1986]
Poster: “Dreaming North: traffiques and discoveries”, Caedmon Hall, Gateshead.
Size: 30 x 42 cm
Press cuttings relating to Dreaming North's “Traffiques and discoveries” (1986)
4 pieces
ARM/A00127   1986
Newcastle maritime festival 86 July 7th - July 27th. Programme.
ARM/D24   January [1987]
Poster: “Apples and snakes jazz poetry festival”, Covent Garden Community Centre (includes Dreaming North, performing 24 January).
Size: 42 x 30 cm
ARM/D25   Friday 3 February [1989]
Poster: “Dreaming North: the long march benefit”, Caedmon Hall, Gateshead
Size: 42 x 30 cm
ARM/D26   March [1989]
Poster: Dreaming North: Suite for the River Wear
Size: 42 x 30 cm
Festivals, performances, events and exhibitions
ARM/C5/2   [early 1970s]
Newspaper cuttings about Earsdon Festival.
1 sheet
ARM/C3/11-35   1972
Correspondence relating to the Byker Festival, organised by Armstrong, 20-27 May 1972. Includes list of events, requests for copies of Byker Hill (book of poems about Byker), press cutting about The Grand theatre, Byker, correspondence about related fund-raising activity on behalf of the Abbeyfield Society and from Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen about photographs for the exhibition. Press cuttings, about the festival, including interview with Armstrong. Ticket for concert “They're pulling down old Byker Bank”, ticket and programme for children's show by Ivor Cutler.

ARM/A0424   May 1972
It's the Byker Bounce!; festival programme.

ARM/A0423   June 1972
Byker: exhibition of photographs, Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen Geoff Waters.
ARM/A0371   1974
West End Newcastle Communities Festival
ARM/A0194   April 1974
Shipshape and Wallsend fashion Exhibition at Wallsend Arts Centre (Wallsend: Wallsend Arts Centre, 1974).
ARM/C3/36-39   1976
Press cuttings relating to performances of “Strike alight”, play written to mark the 50th anniversary of the General Strike.
4 pieces
ARM/C3/40   23 September 1976
Language:   German
Press cutting reporting on 28 Internationale Buchmesse in Frankfurt, including photograph of reading.
ARM/D27   Monday 22 August - Saturday 27 August [1977]
Poster: “Bordering on the ridiculous. The independent state of Nickytamia” (poetry reading at Nicky Tam's Tavern, Victoria St, Edinburgh, as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 1977).
Size: 56 x 38 cm
ARM/A0370   1977
Jesmond festival programme 1977.
ARM/A0428   1977
Wallsend ship repair yard: exhibition of photographs by Tony Whittle with poems by Keith Armstrong and historic prints, held 10-22 October in Wallsend Library.
ARM/A0281   1978
Writer's workshop. 1978/79. Anthology compiled by Linda Dawson (London: Thames Television, 1978).
ARM/A0188   1981
The English programme: Fighting back (London: Thames TV, 1981). Camera script for programme of poetry, filmed 14 September 1981 for transmission 12/13 October 1981, with Adrian Mitchell, Keith Armstrong, Liz Lochhead, Geoffrey Pearson and Patrick Stewart.
ARM/A0249   1981
The English Programme 1981/82 (London: Thames Television, 1981).
ARM/A0248   1982
The English Programme 1982/83 (London: Thames Television, 1982).
ARM/A0171   1982
May Day bulletin 1982 (Sunderland Trades Council).
ARM/A0300   1983
May Day bulletin 1983 (Sunderland Trades Council, 1983).
ARM/BB2   1983
Cassette recording: Keith Armstrong and Robbie Moffat After the election.
ARM/A0125   1983
Cheltenham festival of literature: Sunday 9th October 1983. Programme.
ARM/A0140   1984
Newcastle festival fringe: October 19th - 27th 1984. Programme.
ARM/C5/3   1984
Press cutting about Fringe.
1 piece
ARM/C3/41   24 November 1984
Poster for “An evening with the Elliotts of Birtley & Keith Armstrong”, Neptune Theatre, Liverpool (benefit in support of striking miners).
Size: 30 x 20 cm
ARM/A0299   1984
May Day bulletin 1984 (Sunderland Trades Council, 1984).
ARM/A0298   1984
The May Day tape/book (Tyneside May Day Committee, 1984).
ARM/A0375   1984
Castle Chare Community Arts Centre Activities and events - March & April (Durham, 1984).
ARM/A0374   1985
Caedmon Hall Autumn events (Gateshead: Gateshead Libraries, 1985).
ARM/A0141   1985
Newcastle fringe: 18 - 27 October 1985. Programme.
ARM/BD1   [mid 1980s]
City cries. Animated film by Paul Johnson. Poetry Keith Armstrong, music Kathryn Tickell, percussion Bruce Arthur.
ARM/A0377   1982
Spectro Gallery (Newcastle upon Tyne) Diary Sept 81 - Mar 82. Programme, including “The entertainer” by Irene Reddish and Keith Armstrong.
ARM/A0142   1986
Newcastle fringe: 17 - 25 October 1986. Programme.
ARM/A0328   1987
Sandyford festival from Saturday 27th June to Sunday 12th July 1987. Programme.
ARM/D28   [1987?]
Poster: “Newcastle 901”. Poems by Keith Armstrong & Alan C. Brown. Photographs by Alan C. Brown. Denton Park (July) and Gosforth (December) Libraries.
Size: 42 x 30 cm
ARM/C14/1-68   1987
Research on “Tommy on the Bridge”, Thomas Ferens (blind beggar on Swing Bridge, Newcastle, who died in 1907). Copies and original news cuttings on local street characters; Tommy!! A short play by Richard Baker [1994]; The life and times of Tommy Ferens [no author or date]; letters in response to an appeal for information about Tommy; letter from Geoff Esther enclosing poem.
1 file
ARM/A0438   4-17 May 1987
Poetry north live. Programme of events in Northern Arts region.
1 sheet
ARM/A0143   1987
Newcastle fringe: 7 - 24 October 1987. Programme.
ARM/A0124   1987
Cheltenham festival of literature: Saturday 3 - Sunday 18 October 1987. Programme.
ARM/C3/42-60   1988
Papers relating to the production of O'er the hills, a musical about Jamie Allan by Northumberland Theatre Company and Dreaming North. Includes tour plans, publicity material, press cuttings.
ARM/D29   Tuesday 2 February [1988]
Poster: “O'er the hills. A true history of the celebrated eighteenth century Northumbrian piper Jamie Allan Exquisite musician to the gentry Frequent companion of gypsies Traveller in many parts of the world Deserter from armies both French and English Horse thief and Prodigious liar”, performed by Northumberland Theatre Company and Dreaming North at Berwick High School.
Size: 60 x 44 cm
ARM/BB4   [1988]
Cassette recording: “Oer the hills”.
ARM/A0126   1988
Cardiff literature festival: 1988 souvenir programme.
ARM/A0302   1988
The Wear Valley festival programme 1988 (Sports and Leisure Publications, 1988).
ARM/C7   1988
Metro mayhem! A rapid transit drama written by Keith Armstrong & Terry Telford for Dodgy Clutch Theatre Company.
1 file
ARM/BB5   1989
“Fire & brimstone”, poetry by Keith Armstrong and Linda France. Music by Paul Flush and Joan McKay. Based on the life and work of the painter John Martin. Commissioned for Hexham Abbey Festival.
ARM/D30   2 July 1989
Poster: “Fire & brimstone”, performed at Hexham Abbey Festival.
Size: 42 x 30 cm
ARM/A0437   July 1989
Hexham Abbey festival 1989 programme.
ARM/A0133-0134   [1989]
Wor Jackie: a new musical about the life of Jackie Milburn, words Mike Kirkup and Keith Armstrong; music Rick Taylor and Frank Gibbon. Script only, no score.
ARM/C3/61-67   1989
Press cuttings relating to performances of “Wor Jackie”.
7 pieces
ARM/BB13   1989
Cassette recording: “Red & White Variety Show” (songs, music and poetry - Bob Fox, Marie Little, Keith Armstrong, Helen -).
ARM/A0342   1989
Queens Hall Arts Centre, Hexham Programme. October - November .
ARM/A0296   1990
Tyneside May Day 1990 centenary programme (Tyneside May Day Committee, 1990).
ARM/D31   1991
Poster: “Frühlingfest May Day, Berlin 1990”. An exhibition of poems and photography by Keith Armstrong and Stan Gamester ... Buddle Arts Centre, Wallsend, 3 April - 1 May 1991.
Size: 42 x 30 cm
ARM/C4/1   21 March 1991
Press cutting announcing exhibition at Buddle Arts Centre.
ARM/A0297   1991
Tyneside May Day 1991 souvenir booklet (Tyneside May Day Committee, 1991).
ARM/BA3-BA4   1991
Keith Armstrong. Poetry. Sides A & B. Master tape. Recorded at The Sound Room, Gateshead.
2 spools
ARM/C20/1-27   20-21 September 1992
The Hexham celebration poetry and music commissioned for Hexham Abbey Festival. Programme, running orders and texts marked up for performance; press cuttings.
1 file
ARM/BB6   1993
Cassette recording: “The Little Count”, Keith Armstrong with music Andy Jackson and Benny Graham. Commissioned Durham County Council, 1993
ARM/C4/2-20   1992 & 1994
“The sporting life. A portrait of Sedgefield races, County Durham” Text for exhibition by Armstrong, with interviews, commissioned by Sedgefield Steeplechase Company and Durham County Council in 1994; 2 photographs by Toby Whittle, race programmes for April 14 1992, September 4 1992, December 8 1992 and September 28 1994.
13p, 2 photographs, 4 race programmes
ARM/C4/50-69   1994
Photographs by Peter Fryer, taken for the exhibition.
20 items
ARM/BC1   1995
The Whisky Priests Bleeding sketches featuring the lyrics of North-East poet, Keith Armstrong.
ARM/C4/21-44   1995
Reviews and press cuttings about The Whisky Priests, especially the album Bleeding sketches made in collaboration with Armstrong and live performances.
ARM/BB7   1995
Cassette recording: two sessions by Keith Armstrong with The Whisky Priests for BBC Radio Newcastle: 31 August 1995 - “Everybody's got love bites but me”, interview with Armstrong and Gary and Glenn Miller, “Widows of Hartley”; 10 October 1995 - “Widows of Hartley”, “Angels playing football”, “Everybody's got love bites but me”.
ARM/A0157   November 1995
Paint it red no 94 (Newcastle upon Tyne: Paint It Red).
ARM/A0158   December 1995
Folk roots, no 150 (London: Southern Rag).
ARM/BB11   9 October 1998
Cassette recording: BBC Radio Newcastle (Paddy MacDee Show): Keith Armstrong reading “Angels playing football”, with version by The Whisky Priests (cut off before end).
ARM/C5/5-10   1996
“Up your North”. Proposal by Armstrong for documentary on the marketing of the North East, in response to the region's participation in the Year of Visual Arts UK.
ARM/BB20   26 May 1996
Language:  Dutch and English
Cassette recording: Interview with Keith Armstrong and Bart Vos on Dutch Radio 5.
ARM/BB9   7 February 1997
Cassette recording: Keith Armstrong live at Molli's, Amsterdam.
ARM/BB30/1   2 May 1997
Cassette recording: Outfit live at the Irish Club, Newcastle upon Tyne, Mayday (music and poetry).
ARM/BB30/2   2 May 1997
Cassette recording: B.B. Express live at Durham County Hall, Durham (music and poetry).
ARM/BB10/1   6 November 1997
Cassette recording: BBC Radio Newcastle (Julia Hankin Show). Dutch poets - Bart FM Droog, Willem Groenewegen, Harry Zevensbergen with Keith Armstrong, publicising poetry reading at Marsden Grotto.
Transcript at ARM/C0329-0333.
ARM/C30/1-18   1997-2010
Flyers, reviews and material for works on Thomas Spence, including Pigs meat with Bruvvers theatre and Swarley club events
ARM/BB10/2-3   1998
Breakfast Show: 9 February 1998 “The Roker Roar” (written by Armstrong for Monkwearmouth Youth Theatre).
Paddy MacDee Show: 12 March 1998 “The Roker Roar”.

ARM/A0021   1999
Northern Arts annual review 98/99. Includes notice of “The Roker Roar”, p.9.
ARM/C28/1-6   1998
Newspaper cuttings about “The Roker Roar”.
ARM/C21/1-100   2000-2001
Hexham Races residency, as part of the Year of the Artist programme. Correspondence, material and notes for an exhibition at Queen's Hall, Hexham, text Keith Armstrong, photographs Peter Fryer, 18 August - 23 September 2000; and for “Flirting with horses: impressions of Hexham Races”, artwork Kathleen Sisterson, poetry Keith Armstrong, at Hexham Racecourse 29 September - 7 October 2000; performance at Hexham Abbey Festival 20-22 September 2001.
ARM/C22/1-119   1997-2001
Correspondence relating to the planning and funding of the Hexham races projects, mainly relating to the Year of the Artist.
ARM/C23/1-59   1996-2003
Miscellaneous Hexham material, collected for this or other Hexham-based work (poems about Hexham, historical events, the Hexham Riot etc.).
ARM/A0431   1989
Hexham Racecourse, Official race card and form guide. Second May meeting 1998 Saturday, May 9th
ARM/A0432   2000
Hexham Racecourse, Official race card and form guide. First May meeting 2000 Saturday, May 13th
ARM/A0433   2000
Hexham Racecourse, Official race card and form guide. First June meeting 2000 Saturday, June 17th
ARM/A0429   2000
University of Northumbria at Newcastle: Centre for Cultural Policy Research, Artists in residence - past, present and future. A research and rolling seminar project for the Year of the Artist.
ARM/A0341   2000
Queens Hall Arts Centre, Hexham Programme. September - December 2000.
ARM/A0120   2001
Hexham Abbey festival: 14th-22nd September 2001. Programme.
ARM/A0362   20-22 June 2000
Bless'd millennium. A festival of events to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Spence, pioneer of 'The rights of man', land reformer, political activist, poet and pamphleteer (Newcastle upon Tyne: Northern Voices, 2000).
ARM/A0439   2000
Hebburn festival: 12th-20th August 2000. Programme.
ARM/A0344   2000
Bishop Auckland Town Hall Events. September - December 2000.
ARM/BB21   2000
Cassette recording: “Live im Phoenix”, (Lauffen, Germany) Keith Armstrong.
ARM/BB22   2000
Cassette recording: “Live im Phoenix”, (Lauffen, Germany) Jez Lowe ad Keith Armstrong.
ARM/C18/1-18   2000-2001
Correspondence relating to visits to Amiens, including Festival programme (7-11/6/2000), a prospective visit in May 2001, and a visit by Jackie Litherland, Ian Horn and Michael Standen on behalf of Colpitts Poetry, November 2001.
1 file
ARM/C10/1-14   [2000-2004?]
File of poems read at Edinburgh Festivals (only 2 dated)
“Stella of Rose Street”
“I have fallen in love with the Forth Bridge”
“Leith Walk, Edinburgh”
“Deacon Brodie”
“Castle Stair reel”
“The divided self” [March 2000]
“Those humble pie blues again” [2003]

1 file
ARM/C15-17   2004
Print from webpage “Sandy Bell's Broadstreet”.
Photocopied poems from books of Hugh MacDiarmid's works, and photograph of exhibit.
ARM/A0440   2001
Ouseburn festival: 20th-29th July 2001. Programme.
ARM/A0342   2001
Queens Hall Arts Centre, Hexham Programme. September - December 2001.
ARM/A0338   2001
Sixth Northumberland traditional music festival: official programme 6-21 October 2001 (Morpeth : Northumberland County Council, 2001).
ARM/A0339   2002
Seventh Northumberland traditional music festival: official programme 5-20 October 2002 (Morpeth : Northumberland County Council, 2002).
ARM/A0122-0123   2002
World poetry day 2002: Poets for peace. 2 programmes.
ARM/C13/1-44   2002
“Seagull”, performance by Armstrong and Paul Summers about the poet Swinburne, reading his verse and their own works (performed Morpeth Library 10/10/2002). Schedules, copies of poems and other research material.
ARM/A0335   2002
't Literatuerfabryk zondag 27 oktober 2002 (Leeuwarden, 2002). Programme and texts for poetry reading, 27 October 2002.
ARM/A0340   2002
Queens Hall Arts Centre, Hexham Programme. September - December 2002.
ARM/BB27   13 March 2003
Cassette recording: Jazz - poetry gig at the Cumberland Arms, Newcastle upon Tyne.
ARM/BB25   May 2003
Cassette recording: “Poems recorded at AIRS”, Keith Armstrong.
ARM/BB26   July 2003
Cassette copy of AIRS regional newspaper, on which poems appeared.
ARM/BB28   9 October 2003
Cassette recording: poetry reading, Uwe Kolbe, Johannes Bauer and Keith Armstrong, Newcastle University.
ARM/BB29   10 October 2003
Cassette recording: poetry reading, Uwe Kolbe, Johannes Bauer and Keith Armstrong, Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh.
ARM/C16/1-69   2003
“God bring me to Northumberland. A celebration of the poetry of Hexham born Wilfrid Gibson (1878-1962)”, Hexham Arts Centre, 11 October 2003. File of research material, poster and notes.
1 file
ARM/A0361   19 July 2004
The Martins. A celebration in words and music. Programme for event about John Martin (1789-1854) staged at Community Centre, Ratcliffe Rd, Haydon Bridge 19 July 2004, written and devised by Keith Armstrong.
ARM/BC3   19 July 2004
CD: recording of performance of The Martins. A celebration in words and music.
ARM/C4/45-49   [ca. 2003?]
“Mad Martins”. Script proposal by Armstrong for performance about John Martin (1789-1854), artist.
ARM/C4/70-75   2003-2004
“Mad Martins”. Script proposal by Armstrong for performance about John Martin (1789-1854), artist.
ARM/D33   [2004]
Poster: “Out to sea”; poetry Keith Armstrong, art Rolf Wojciechowski.
Size: 48 x 33 cm
ARM/D39   [2004]
Poster: “Out to sea”; poetry Keith Armstrong, art Rolf Wojciechowski.
Size: 42 x 30 cm
ARM/A0117   [2004]
Coastal views: the newsletter of the Northumberland Coast area of outstanding natural beauty, 2 (includes report on “Out to sea”).

ARM/C27/1-24   2004
Publicity and reviews of “Out to sea”.
ARM/A0121   2005
Hexham Abbey festival: 16th-24th September 2005. Programme.
ARM/C25/1-70   May 2006
Spittal photographs by Tony Whittle, poems by Keith Armstrong. Poems, photographs, press cuttings and research material for an exhibition at The Maltings.
ARM/C5/42   19 May 2006
Poster for poetry reading, Poems and songs upon Tweed, Keith Armstrong and Katrina Porteous at The Maltings, Berwick-upon-Tweed.
ARM/A0441   May 2006
Events proagramme for The Maltings, Berwick-upon-Tweed, May - August 2006.
ARM/BC2   2006
CD recording: Durham scratch choir: “From a Swahili phrase book”, Keith Armstrong.
ARM/C24/1-29   2006
“War with Russia weekend”, Berwick on Tweed 9-10 September 2006. Poem, research material and press cuttings.
ARM/BC8   16 April 2007
CD: poetry reading at Jesmond Library.
ARM/A0399   2007
CUISLE Limerick City International Poetry Festival 17-20 October 2007. Programme.
ARM/BC9   11 December 2007
CD: Spoken Word radio session with Keith Armstrong and Trevor Teasdel, and two poems by Roy Blackman.
ARM/A0393   2008
Hexham Abbey festival 2008: 25th September - 4 October. Programme.
ARM/A0401   2008
Durham Book Festival 17th-26th October 2008. Programme.
ARM/A0400   2008
Cork Jazz Festival week October 2008. Programme.
ARM/BC6   17 February 2009
CD: Interview and poetry reading at Hexham for
ARM/C31/1-5   28 March 2009
Whitley Great Ox Festival, Whitley Bay.
ARM/BC4-BC5   16 January 2010
2 CDs: Hartley concert 2010 featuring Beeswing, Doug Wood, Wyn Stokes, Ann Sessoms, Keith Armstrong, Christine Hendry, Johnny Handle. Commemorating the Hartley Pit disaster.
Newcastle / Groningen literary exchange
ARM/C8/1-49   1992-2010
File of correspondence, reviews, press-cuttings and poems relating to visits and performances in Groningen and return visits to Newcastle.
ARM/A0273-0280   1996-1998
Rottend Staal nieuwsbrief: orgaan voor contemporaine poëzie, nos 27-31, 33-35 (Groningen: Rottend Staal Publicaties, 1995-).
ARM/A0119   1997
File: A literary journal, no 2. (Groningen: University of Groningen. Department of English)
ARM/A0334   April 1997
De koekkoekskrant. Programme for poetry readings at the Muziekcafé Koekkoek, Groningen.
ARM/C6/3   1997
Press cutting relating to poetry reading at Groningen.
1 piece
ARM/A0181   2000
Poems written and selected by Keith Armstrong in celebration of the twinning between Groningen and Newcastle upon Tyne Dutch national poetry day Thursday 27th January 2000.
ARM/A0181   2002
Poetry north (Groningen). Programme and texts from poetry reading in Universiteitstheater, 21/22 May.
ARM/C5/1   2004
Press cutting relating to Newcastle-Groningen poetry exchange reading
1 piece
ARM/A0405   [2008]
Poëzie Keith Armstrong. Linosnedes Frits Casparie (copy 2 of 20).
Durham / Tuebingen literary exchange
ARM/C9/1-84   1987-2010
Posters, reviews, flyers and press cuttings relating to performances at Tuebingen and Durham.
ARM/A0271   1991
Poets' voices/Dichterstimmen: Lyrik aus Durham und Tübingen, 1987-1990, by Cynthia Fuller, Keith Armstrong, Michael Standen, Carolyn Murphey Melchers, Gerhard Oberlin (Tübingen: Kulturamt, 1991).
ARM/D32   6 June 1991
Poster: “Poets' voices dichterstimmen”. Lyrik aus Durham und Tübingen Ein Buch wird vorgestellt, University of Tübingen.
Size: 44 x 32 cm (framed)
ARM/A0337   December 1987
Language:   German
Pausenbrot no 6 (Tübingen: Pausenbrot, 1987).
ARM/A0381   7-9 June 2002
Tübinger Bücherfest. Programme.
ARM/A0410   2003
Goethe Institut London Programme of events. September/October 2003.
ARM/A0382   25-27 June 2004
Tübinger Bücherfest. Programme.
ARM/A0384   2007
Hermann Hesse in the gutter: Tübingen poems (1987-2007), Keith Armstrong (Whitley Bay: Northern Voices, 2007).
ARM/A0383   22-24 May 2009
Tübinger Bücherfest. Programme.
ARM/A0047   1969
The assistant librarian: the official journal of the Association of Assistant Librarians Vol.62, no.7 (London: Association of Assistant Librarians, 1969).
ARM/A0048   1971
Lines Issue 9 (North Shields: Elpar Poems, 1971).
ARM/A0169   18 December 1971
Socialist worker: Weekly paper of the international socialists, no 21.
ARM/C6/4   1972
Prospectus for Saw - a Tyneside community news magazine.
ARM/A0178   1 June 1972
Platform, issue 3 (Newcastle upon Tyne: TGID, 1972).
ARM/A0179   July/August 1972
Ataraxia, no 2 (Newcastle upon Tyne: TGID, 1972).
ARM/A0027   Winter 1972
Librarians for social change. Issue 1 (Brighton: J. Noyce, 1972).
ARM/A0019   January 1973
Collage [College magazine] (Gateshead: Gateshead Technical College, 1973).
ARM/A0031   1973
Brecht Times, Issue 2 (Welwyn: Brecht Times Press, [1973]).
ARM/A0282   1973
Here now vol 2, no 2 (Hebburn : Here Now, 1973).
ARM/A0350-0353   1973-1975
Gateshead street press (Gateshead Street Press Collective, 1973-75)
ARM/D34   [1974]
Poster advertising first issue of Gateshead Street Press.
Size: 51 x 38 cm
ARM/A0354   1975
People's rights issue 1 (Newcastle upon Tyne: Newcastle Neighbourhood Projects, June 1975). Issued as supplement to Gateshead street press newspaper.
ARM/A0139   1974
North magazine no 38 (York : North Magazine, August 1974).
ARM/A0305-0306   1974
Eureka, no 6 May 1974 & no 8 Winter 1974 (Stockholm: Eureka Magazine).
ARM/A0207-0208   October 1974 & January 1976
Workers' chronicle for workers on Tyne & Wear, nos 1, 3.1 (Newcastle upon Tyne: Newcastle Trades Council).
ARM/A0086-0091   1974-1993
Iron: from the north east, nos.4,17,19,20,21,74 (Tyneside: Iron Press).
ARM/A0040-0045   1975-1983
Artery, nos. 8, 14, 16, 22/3, 24/5, 26/7.
ARM/A0216-0228   1975-1984
Voices: working class poetry and prose with a socialist appeal (Bramhall: Manchester Unity of Arts Society); nos 2 (Dec. 1975), 3 (Mar. 1976), 4 (Summer 1976), 5 (Autumn 1976), 7 (Spring 1977), 8 (Summer 1977), 9 (Autumn 1977), 10 (Winter 1977/8), [17] (Spring/Summer 1978), [18] (Autumn 1978), [22] (Autumn 1980), [27] (1982), 31 (1984).
ARM/C6/6   1976
Flyer for TTUSA (Tyneside Trade Unionists for Socialist Arts)
ARM/A0197-0206   1976-1977
Tyneside street press (Tyneside Free Press Workshop, 1976-77).
ARM/C5/41   January 1976
Course details for Community newspapers course, taught by Keith Armstrong, College of Art & Technology, Newcastle.
ARM/A0152   1976
Paket: blätter für literatur und grafik, no 1/76 (Trier : Edition Trèves).
ARM/A0017   1977
Blätter für Grafik und Literatur das neue Paket, ed. Rainer Breuer (Trier: Edition Trèves, 1977).
ARM/A0329   1977
Katalog 77-78 (Trier: Éditions Trèves, 1977).
ARM/A0115   1977
Poetry review, vol 66, nos3-4 (London: Poetry Society, 1977).
ARM/A0144   1977
Socialist Centre news, no 5 (Tyneside Socialist Centre).
ARM/A0194-0195   August 1977 & September 1978
Tyne bridge: a community directory for Tyneside (Gateshead: Tyne & Wear Resource Centre).
ARM/A0292-A0293   1977 & 1979
Northumbriana, nos 10 & 15 (Morpeth: Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering Committee).
ARM/A0150   1979
Students union handbook: Northumberland Hebburn Sunderland Gateshead Wearside Peterlee Newcastle North Tyneside Durham Monkwearmouth. 1979-1980 (Newcastle upon Tyne: Tyneside Free Press, 1979).
ARM/A0185   [May 1980?]
Broadside: An alternative paper for Newcastle.
ARM/A0257   1981
Poetry review vol 71, no 1(London: Poetry Society, 1981).
ARM/C5/39-40   [ca. 1981]
2 press cuttings about start of The hard times magazine.
2 pieces
ARM/A0033-0035   1983-1984
What's left on Tyneside, 9, 13, 14.
ARM/A0029   1984
Attila the Stockbroker, Tirane thrash. Issue 2.
ARM/A0190   1984
Tyneside Writers' Workshop Newsletter no 9.
ARM/A0365-0366   1986
Northern comment nos 4 & 7 (Newcastle upon Tyne: Communist Party of Great Britain. Northern District, 1986).
ARM/A0163   May 1987
Arts north(Newcastle upon Tyne: Northern Arts).
ARM/A0317   1987
Poetry Business 1987/8: The poetry-pamphlet competition anthology (Huddersfield: Smith/Doorstop, 1987).
ARM/A0164-0168   1987-1988
7 days: Communist Party Weekly, v.2:17,22,25,30; v.3:31 (London: JK Pictorials Ltd. for the Communist Party).
ARM/A0364   1988
Key. The arts in Northumberland October-December 1988 (Ashington: Mid Northumberland Arts Group, 1988).
ARM/A0172-0173   1989
The North East miner: newspaper of the National Union of Mineworkers - North east area no 2, 5.
ARM/A0180   September 1989
Empathy, no 2 (Highbury, London).
ARM/A0160   May 1990
iMag no 2. (Newcastle upon Tyne: The Journal).
ARM/A0307-0308   1990-1991
Hybrid no 1 and no 3/4 (Peterlee: Hybrid).
ARM/A0084-0085   1990 & 1993
FedNews Issue 5, 10 (London: Federation of Worker Writers and Community Publishers).
ARM/A0148   November 1992
Northern Playwrights' Society Newsletter (Newcastle upon Tyne, 1992).
ARM/A0270   1994
Out from beneath the boot issue 4 (Glasgow : Neruda Press, 1994).
ARM/A0372   19 April 1995
FWWCP newsletter (Burslem: Federation of Worker Writers and Community Publishers, 1995).
1 sheet
ARM/A0078-0080   1995-1998
Northern review: a journal of regional and cultural affairs, v.1, 2, 7 (Newcastle upon Tyne : University of Northumbria at Newcastle, 1995-).
ARM/A0112-0114   1995-2004
Mailout: arts work with people (Loughborough: East Midlands Arts) Dec/Jan 1995/6, Oct/Nov 1996, Dec/Jan 2003-4.
ARM/A0136   Summer 1996
Durham: town & country (Newcastle upon Tyne: Powdene Publicity Ltd).
ARM/A0109-0111   1997
North east times April-June 1997 (Newcastle upon Tyne: Chris Robinson Publishing).
ARM/A0081-0085   1997-2000
Federation magazine, 9, 11, 19 (Burslem: Federation of Worker Writers and Community Publishers).
ARM/A0129-A0132   1997-1999
Northern review: the official arts & entertainment magazine for the North of England Issues 21, 27, 37, 45 (Newcastle upon Tyne: Keepdate).
ARM/A0331-0333   October 1997 - September 2000
De bordelaise literair nos 1, 5, 11 (Den Haag).
ARM/C5/15   1997
Biographical handout on Harry Zevenbergen; flyer for poetry reading 23 October at De bordelaise; photograph of Keith Armstrong reading.
ARM/A0309-0316   1998-2000
Saltburn scene nos 70,71,77,82,85,86,87,93 (Saltburn,Tyne and Wear).
ARM/A0069-0075   1999-2005
Other poetry, vol. II,14,15,20,22,25,27,28 (Newcastle upon Tyne ).
ARM/A0036-0039   1999-2004
Poetry Scotland, 15, 19, 22 [no number] (Edinburgh: Diehard, 1997-).
ARM/A0184   Winter 2000
People and places of old County Durham (Sunderland: People's Press, 2000).
ARM/A0162   September 2001
Eyeopener: Northern Arts' newsletter, issue 5 (Newcastle upon Tyne: Northern Arts, 2001).
ARM/A0098-0108   2001-2002
The north guide, June 2001; August-September 2001; November 2001; January-February 2002; April-August 2002 (Newcastle upon Tyne, 2000-). Monthly arts listing magazine
ARM/A0092-0097   2001-2002
Network (South Shields: South Tyneside Community Regeneration Network).
ARM/A0272   2003
Sand issue 1 (Sunderland : Sand, 2003).
ARM/A0154   26 May 2003
New statesman, no 4639.
ARM/A0176   June -July 2003
The Haydon news no 6 (Haydon Bridge Community Centre).
ARM/A0159   February 2004
Culture: The best events in the north (Newcastle upon Tyne: The Journal).
ARM/A0187   2004
Newcastle stuff, issue 18 (printout).
ARM/A0373   2004
Cruddas Park Clinic Activities for health newsletter. Summer edition (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cruddas Park Clinic, 2004).
ARM/A0076-0077   2004-2005
Aesthetica: a review of contemporary artists, Issue 5, 9 (York: Federico & Donley, 2003-).
ARM/A0145-0146   2004-2005
tsf papers (Newcastle upon Tyne: Tyneside Socialist Forum).
ARM/A0369   [ca. 2005?]
Durham University Creative Writing Society Hasty magazine.
ARM/A0136-0138   2005-2007
The informer, January 2005, September 2006.
ARM/A0156   February 2005
The crack no 200 (Newcastle upon Tyne: The Crack).
ARM/A0386    2005
North east history v.36 (Newcastle upon Tyne: North East Labour History Society).
ARM/A0155   30 October 2006
New statesman, no. 4816.
ARM/A0404   March 2007
Kenaz: creative writing from the Tees Valley. Issue 7 (Middlesbrough: Ek Zuban, March 2007).
ARM/A0388   Thursday 25 October 2007
Northern lines Speaking event at the Literary and Philosophical Society, Newcastle upon Tyne. Issue 10.
ARM/A0394   2007
The black light engine room, issue 1, ed. P. A. Morbid.
ARM/A0396   [2007]
Citizen32, class issue.
ARM/A0395   2008
Red pepper, issue 163 (Dec-Jan 2009).
ARM/A0387    2008
Two rivers meet. Poetry from the Shannon and the Tyne, ed Keith Armstrong and Dominic Taylor. Revival poetry journal special edition.
ARM/A0389    2008
ASH issue 5 (Oxford Poetry Society magazine).
ARM/A0390    2010
Teesside artists' journal (Teesside Writers' Network).
Anthologies, creative writing and other books
ARM/A0285   1972
Suburban womb, John G. White (Whitley Bay: Erdesdun Pomes, 1972).
ARM/A0028   1977
Killing no murder: a report by the Liddle Towers Committee (Newcastle upon Tyne, 1977).
ARM/A0022   1978
People's poetry calendar with illustrations.
ARM/A0300   1979
Sources of agony: poems, by Milton Vishnu Williams, ed. Keith Armstrong; drawings Eleanor Makepeace (Whitley Bay: Erdesdun Publications, 1979).
ARM/A0004   1982
Tyneside Writers' Workshop: A first anthology (Gateshead: Tyneside Writers' Workshop, 1982).
ARM/A0006-0007   1982
Room for poetry Thoughts on a Monday morning (Gateshead: Tyneside Writers' Workshop, 1982). Two versions.
ARM/A0246   1982
Nuclear fragments: pictures, poetry, prose, ed Monica Frisch (Newburn : Earthright, 1982).
ARM/A0116   1983
Wheel around the world, compiled by Chris Searle; illustrated by Katinka Kew (London: Macdonald, 1983). Anthology of verse for children.
ARM/A0291   1984
Poets and peace, international (Arc Press, 1984).
ARM/A0001   1984
Many lives Aus Autobiographien englischer Frauen und Männer der Arbeitschaft, Jens-Ulrich Davids, Martina Pieper, Detlef Pohl, Birgit Weber und Harma Westerbuhr (Oldenberg, 1984).
ARM/A0295   1984
Different drums: a second trade union annual (Preston: Lancashire Association of Trades Councils, 1984).
ARM/A0118   1987
SOS: Save our shipyard campaign (Belfast: Harland and Wolff, 1987).
ARM/A0294   1987
Sunderland illuminations. Southwick writers anthology (Sunderland: Southwick Writers' Group, 1987).
ARM/C5/12-3   27 August 1987
Flyer and programme for reading at the Blue Bell, Fulwell to mark the publication of Sunderland illuminations.
2 pieces
ARM/A0259   1988
New writing from the north (Ashington: Mid Northumberland Arts Group, 1988).
ARM/A0149   1988
The Waddington Street pact no 1, ed. Keith Armstrong. Produced at Waddington Street Day Centre (Durham)
ARM/C5/34-37   1988
2 letters and 2 posters relating to The Waddington Street pact.
ARM/A0303   1988
Poemetry diary 1988 (Edinburgh: Rookbook Publications, 1988).
ARM/A0254   1988
Images for Africa: an anthology of poems and illustrations, compiled Jane Glencross (London: Wateraid, 1988).
ARM/A0230   1989
Once I was a washing machine: an anthology of poetry and prose (Brighton: Federation of Worker Writers & Community Publishers, 1989).
ARM/A0174   1989
North Shields People's Centre Annual report 1988/89.
ARM/A0002   1990
Tales from room 226 Anthology of poetry and prose produced during a WEA creative writing course held in October 1990 at Durham University (in room 226); edited by the tutor, Armstrong, with some of his work included.
ARM/A0288   1990
Thoughts from number fifty one. An anthology of new writing from North Shields People's Centre (North Shields: North Shields People's Centre, 1990).
ARM/A0368   1992
History Workshop 26 Rediscovering ourselves people's history, Europe's history. Programme of conference, held at University of Northumbria, 6-8 November 1992.
ARM/A0232   1992
Co-op Caring Poetry Festival 1992. Anthology (Manchester: Co-operative Retail Services, [1992]).
ARM/A0250   1993
Poetry Marathon '93 charity anthology, ed Bryan John Allen (Newcastle upon Tyne: B.J. Allen, 1993).
ARM/A0244   1993
Verses united: the poetry of football , ed. Ian Horn illustrated by Robert Nancollis (Durham: County Durham Books, 1993).
ARM/C6/7   1993
Card issued by Write Together (South Tyneside), with picture by Peter Dixon and excerpt from “Horses on Mount Vitosha” by Keith Armstrong.
ARM/A0023   1993
The Seafield poetry calendar 1993 featuring twelve poets from the North East of England.
ARM/A0014   1994
Rebecca O'Rourke, Written on the margins. Creative writing and adult education in Cleveland (Leeds: University of Leeds, Department of Adult Continuing Education, 1994).
ARM/A0283   1995
Common words: A selection of work by members of Heaton Adult Association Writers' Class, ed Keith Armstrong (Newcastle upon Tyne: Heaton Adult Association, 1995).
ARM/A0231   1995
Writing for a change: celebrating cooperative values and achievements (Burslem: Federation of Worker Writers and Community Publishers, [1995]).
ARM/A0233   1995
Co-op Caring Poetry Festival 1995. Anthology (Manchester: Co-operative Retail Services, [1995]).
ARM/C5/27-33   1995
Letters and press cuttings about the 1995 anthology.
3f & 4 pieces
ARM/A0024   1995
The Seafield poetry calendar 1995 featuring new work by twelve poets and artists from the North East of England.
ARM/A0025   1996
The Seafield poetry calendar 1996 featuring poets and artists of the North East .
ARM/A0284   1996
Now we are ten. A celebration of ten years of the Teesside Writers' Workshop, ed. Peter Stockill and Alan E. Watkiss (Middlesbrough : Teesside Writers' Workshop, 1996).
ARM/A0290   1997
Quest for Utopia (Sunderland: Visions of Utopia, 1997). Programme of events “Art, science and thought for a new millennium”.
ARM/C5/21-23   1997
Letter about Utopia's poetry website; typescript copy of “Hotel Utopia”, by Keith Armstrong
ARM/A0367   [ca. 1997]
Making a difference. Local personalities choose their favourite books (North Shields: North Tyneside Council, ca. 1997).
ARM/A0318   1997
Autumn brochure 1997 (Newcastle upon Tyne: Heaton Adult Association, 1997).
ARM/A0379   1997
Workers' Educational Association. Northern District Courses Tyneside Autumn 1997 (Newcastle upon Tyne: WEA, 1997).
ARM/A0380   1997
University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Centre for Continuing Education Courses for you Autumn 1997 (Newcastle upon Tyne: University of Newcastle, 1997).
ARM/A0319   1997
Buzzwords. Creative writing and reading on Teesside. Spring collection (Middlesbrough: Cleveland Arts, 1997).
ARM/A0016   1998
Fifty contemporary poetry books (Gateshead: Gateshead Central Library, 1998).
ARM/A00170   1998
National Association of Writers' Groups third annual awards 1998. Programme for event held at St Aidan's College, Durham University 18-20 August 2000. Loose inside: menu for event dinner.
ARM/A0268   1998
Have you ever been picked on? Anti-fascist poems, stories and drawings by children from Tyne and Wear, ed. Keith Armstrong (Newcastle upon Tyne: Tyne and Wear Anti-fascist Association, 1998).
ARM/A0321-0323   1998-1999
Link. Newsletter of the NAWG, issues 19-21 (Bridlington: National Association of Writers' Groups).
ARM/A0327   1998
Singing rainbows An anthology of award-winning writing for 1998 (Washington: National Association of Writers' Groups, 1998).
ARM/A0324-0326   1998, 2000 & 2001
National Association of Writers' Groups Festival of writing (Bridlington: National Association of Writers' Groups).
ARM/A0304   1999
Views of views: People and the changing landscape (Dunston,Tyne and Wear: Great North Forest, 1999).
ARM/A0330   2000
Achter de dugout Samenstelling en redactie, Cor Gout & Harry Zevenbergen. Illustraties Erik van Ophem (Den Haag: Flexwerker, 2000).
ARM/C5/14   1 June 2000
Language:   Dutch
Hard gras voor oranje. Programme of events (including Verses united).
ARM/A0013   2000
Northern tales 2000 an anthology from the Sid Chaplin short story competitions (Durham: Durham County Council, 2000).
ARM/A0067-0068   2000-2001
The biscuit tin: our lives and times in poems and tales, ed. Brian Lister ( Washington (Tyne & Wear): Biscuit Publishing, 2000-01).
ARM/A0018   2001
Making history: your story, your lifetime A new collection created by people of Tyne and Wear and presented in their own words and pictures (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Tyne & Wear Museums, 2001).
ARM/A0011   2002
I like Mondays! Poems & stories from the creative writing class at Heaton Manor School.
ARM/A0147   2002
Reclaiming culture. Discussion and activity, art and politics towards 2008 (Newcastle upon Tyne: Tyneside Socialist Forum). Programme for meeting held at the Waygood Gallery, 22 June 2002, relating to the Newcastle-Gateshead bid to be European Capital of Culture 2008.
ARM/A0234   2003
War on war: gedichten geen bommen, redactie van Diann van Faassen & Harry Zevenbergen (Breda : Papieren Tijger, 2003).
ARM/A0253   2006
Both sides of Hadrian's Wall: contemporary poetry from south Scotland and north England, ed Robert Leach (Selkirk: Selkirk Lapwing, 2006).
ARM/A0391   2007
The wilds. An anthology , ed. Bob Beagrie & Andy Willoughby (Middlesbrough: Ek Zuban, 2007).
ARM/A0392   2007
Still standen: a celebration of the poet's life, ed. James Roderick Burns (Newcastle upon Tyne: Other Poetry Editions, 2007).
ARM/A0402   [2008]
Verses grow in our garden: The Jasmine Cottage poetry anthology, ed. Seema Gill (Chaddesden : Uprise Arts, [2008]).
ARM/C6/44   16 November 1972
Letter from Vincent Morrison, Sunderland to Armstrong about poems for Ostrich.
ARM/C6/45   24 November 1972
Letter from Rodney [ ], Jesmond, to Armstrong about Tyneside poets.
ARM/C6/59   15 December 1972
Photocopy letter from Douglas Dunn, Hull to Armstrong returning “Glasgow sonnets”.
ARM/C6/55-57   [1972-1973]
3 letters from Jeni Couzyn, London, to Armstrong about poetry readings.
ARM/C6/41-43   1973
2 letters from Glyn Hughes, Sowerby Bridge, Yorkshire to Armstrong about poetry readings and printed brochure (4p.) about him.
ARM/C6/54   15 March [1973 ?]
Letter from Adrien Mitchell, Bentham, to Armstrong apologising for not having time judge competition or do readings.
ARM/C6/51   15 March 1973
Letter from Douglas [ ], Hull, to Armstrong thanking him for Ostrich and about Tyneside Poets anthology.
ARM/C6/53   21 March 1973
Postcard from Ivor Cutler, London, to Armstrong, declining to do another children's concert.
ARM/C6/52   4 May 1973
Letter from George [ ], Hartlepool to Armstrong thanking him for Ostrich and asking for tickets.
ARM/C6/37-40   7 January - 14 March 1974
3 letters from Sebastien Lybeck, Uddevalla, Sweden to Armstrong about his coming to Newcastle for a festival reading. Folded printed sheet with 4 poems.
ARM/C6/46-50   1976
1 postcard and 2 letters (1 lacking 1st page) from Charlotte Stray / Charlotte Warren, Vienna, VA and Ann Arbor, MI about leaving Newcastle and returning to the USA.
ARM/C6/35-36   25 April & 18 May 1977
2 letters from Ralf Thenior, Hamburg to Armstrong about poetry readings.
ARM/C6/24-34   June 1987
Letters from pupils at Gilesgate Primary School, after poetry reading there.
ARM/C6/60   24 October 1987
Photocopy letter from director of Cheltenham Festival thank Armstrong for his performance.
ARM/C6/61   11 August 1996
Photocopy postcard from Adrian Mitchell to Armstrong thanking him for poems and explaining he has left the New statesman.
ARM/C6/62   7 April 1999
Photocopy postcard from Adrian Mitchell to Armstrong thanking him for poems.
ARM/C6/63-64   28 September 2000
Photocopy letter from Adrian Mitchell to Armstrong, a poem about his recent dental work and complimenting him on his poems.
ARM/C6/58   19 June 2006
Photocopy letter from Municipal Counsellor for Culture and Economy, Groningen, congratulating Armstrong on his 60th birthday.
Other events
ARM/C32   1970s-1990s
Flyers, posters and cuttings relating to poetry readings
ARM/C33/1-22   1986-2003
Flyers, posters and cuttings relating to creative writing workshops
ARM/C34   1970s-1990s
Newspaper cuttings
ARM/C6/66-67   [1970s]
2 photographs of Keith Armstrong seated at event, one with a man and one with a woman.
2 pieces
ARM/D38   [1970s ?]
Poster: printed for the “Werkkreis Literatur der Arbeitswelt”, with a birthday greeting to Armstrong written on, from Uta, Barbara and Jürgen.
Size: 42 x 30
ARM/C6/8   [ca. 1975 ?]
Language:   German
Student manifesto issued by “Kolletiv des MSB / Nichtorganisierte zur Wahl des FSR Germanistik”.
ARM/D36   October [1980s ?]
Poster: “Dichters tegen Fascisme”, Eindhoven 2 & 3 October, Tilburg 5 & 6 October.
Size: 45 x 67 cm
ARM/D37   1987
“United against racism and fascism” poster of Newcastle United fixtures 1987/8 issued by Tyneside and District Anti-Fascist Association.
Size: 30 x 43 cm
ARM/BB12/1   1999
Feature on Spanish City, Whitley Bay, BBC Radio Newcastle 17 August 1999.
ARM/BC11   2013
The melly-belly songs / Five sea songs. Music by Jakub Zahradník to poems by Katrina Porteous & Keith Armstrong.
Keith Armstrong (“My father worked on ships”, “Melly”, “Those bald barber blues”, “Nightjars and their allies”, “Dance on flags”); Katrina Porteous (“Wund's freshenin', bonny lass”, “Divvin't ee touch me”, “Yon's love for ee, hinny”, “A lonely life”, “An' ma'n ye away, noo?”). Demo CD produced by Pagat Ultimo musical productions, Prague. PUMP 005.
ARM/BC12   2014
Koncert v Betlémské kapli, Jakub Zahradník & his band. 18 tracks, including Keith Armstrong “My father worked on ships”, “Melly”, “Nightjars and their allies”, “Those bald barber blues”, “Dance on flags”; Katrina Porteous “Wund's freshenin', bonny lass”, “Divvin't ee touch me”, “Yon's love for ee, hinny”. CD produced by Pagat Ultimo musical productions, Prague. PUMP 006.