Poetry: COBLE COAST, by InHouse Poets. Available post-free from Jean Laurie (email: inhousewriters758@gmail.com). £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.