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the wings of a moth without the moth-bit in between – Publication launch with Kate Sweeney

Date: 25th February, 17:00 – 19:00
Where: Cobalt Studios, Newcastle, NE2 1AP


‘Sometimes my baby’s head smells of old libraries.

Lignin. Weighted paper, ink, dry glue.’


the wings of a moth without the moth-bit in between (2023) documents artist Kate Sweeney’s search for traces of the adoptive mother’s body in the WANE Library. Kate Sweeney’s new writing combines lyrical memoir and citations from artists and authors in the library, alongside transcripts of conversations to share a queer experience of parenthood.

You are invited to join us for the launch of Kate’s publication with readings and a performance from artist Nicky Rushton. To share more about the project, a discussion will take place between Kate Sweeney and Holly Argent (Women Artists of the North East Library) chaired by Dr Fiona Anderson (Art Historian, Newcastle University).

the wings of a moth without the moth-bit in between, is printed by the wonderful riso magicians Foundation Press

There will be an opportunity to browse the library collection and donate something to the WANE Library. So if you have been sitting on something, this is your time to bring it along.

This will be our last public event part of our 2021-23 funded public programme, so we would love to see you there!

Kate Sweeney was commissioned in 2022 through the WANE Library’s first Writing Commission. This event is part of a public programme funded by Arts Council England. 

Access details about the event:

The event is child-friendly.

Cobalt Studios is fully wheelchair accessible, it is a ground floor venue and the main entrance is 10 Boyd Street, Newcastle, NE2 1AP.

There will be seated and standing options.

A bar will be open for the purchase of alcoholic and non-alcoholic refreshments.

Should you have any access requirements for the event, or something is not recognised in this description please do get in touch with us at