GLEN LYNDON DODDS looks back at the events which dominated life in Northumberland during the first half of the 20th century.

Poetry: COBLE COAST, by InHouse Poets. Available post-free from Jean Laurie (email: £4. Softback.

A POWERFUL anthology inspired by the men and women of the Northumberland fishing communities who used cobles to earn a living, the poems are written by published writers based in Morpeth, Ponteland, Bedlington and Whitley Bay who have walked the coastline to research its colourful history and highlight this unique area and its people. Here are tales of conflict, dramatic rescues and the lives of those left at home.

Poetry: WAKE, by Gillian Allnut. Published by Bloodaxe Books ( £9.95. Softback.

THIS is the first new poetry collection by Gillian Allnut since she was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry last year. Poems with a regional connection include ‘Lindisfarne: the Roughs’, ‘Near the Peace Garden (Minsteracres Monastery), ‘In a Field of Oats’ (Wooler) and ‘Harnham’ (Harnham Buddhist Monastery).