This book is a celebration in poetry and photography of the work and collections of the Museum of Antiquities at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, for the past forty years the main museum for Hadrian's Wall. It has an internationally famous collection of Roman antiquities. In 2009 the collection will be transferred to the new Great North Museum. This volume brings together the poetry of the museum's poet-in-residence, Maureen Almond, and the photographs of the museum's Audio-Visual Officer, Glyn Goodrick and explores the interconnections between the Romans and the modern museum visitor. Its elegant and stylish design make it an ideal souvenir of the museum and its collections.
Since she began writing poetry in 1992, Maureen Almond has published Hot (1997), Tailor Tacks (1999), Oyster Baby (2002), The Works (2004) and Tongues in Trees (2005). She has a strong interest in classical literature and is currently a research student at the University of Newcastle concentrating on the Roman poet, Horace. Her work is included in the Primary Texts Reading List for the Oxford University Course, 'The Reception of Classical Literature in Twentieth-Century Poetry in English' and has been cited in The Cambridge Companion to Horace (2007). She recently recorded a programme about Horace for BBC Radio 3 as part of a series dealing with his poetry. She is also a contributor in the forthcoming OUP Living Classics: Greece and Rome in Contemporary Poetry in English.