Knee Deep

Knee Deep is a project about standing knee-deep in the North Sea.

In its first iteration it was a collaborative performance with Tessa Parr for the Lit & Phil Library (Newcastle, 2013). The performance consisted of two perfomers and an overhead projector, and it collaged the poetry pf Stevie Smith with found and collected images.

Over the course of 2016 Knee Deep supported poet Jasmine Simms as writer in residence as she developed a body of new work in response to the projects consideration of what it means to stand theme knee deep in the sea.

In October 2016 Knee Deep presented new work from young poets living in the North East, exploring life on the periphery and coastal places in their work. The event was part of Durham Book Festival and produced in partnership with the Cuckoo Writers programme for young writers in the North. In support of this event Tender Buttons delivered a series of workshop for young writers on performance, landscape and poetry at The Empty Shop in Durham.


Knee Deep is an ongoing programme of workshops and performance events.

For information about forthcoming Knee Deep events go to our What’s On page.