The Morden Tower in its heyday

by Simon Collings

I’ve just come across this short film about the poet Tom Pickard and The Morden Tower poetry centre.  It’s a wonderful documentary piece, shot in the 1960s when the centre, in Newcastle, UK, was in its heyday. Poet Jon Silken narrates.The Morden Tower  hosted readings from many well known writers, including US poets Allen Ginsburg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gregory Corso, and Ed Dorn. The footage includes images of the youthful Pickard, then 21, and of readings at the tower.