Degna Stone is a poet and performer based in Newcastle.
Degna Stone was born in the East Midlands in 1974. She visited Newcastle for the summer in 1999 and somehow never managed to go home. Her poems have appeared in two ID on Tyne Press anthologies, Sepia Souls and Nine ‘Til Five and in The Book of Ten (Zebra Publishing). A collection of her poems Between the Floorboards is now available (ID on Tyne Press).
In 2010 she won a Northern Promise Award from New Writing North In 2011 she was a runner up in the 2nd Annual James Kirkup Memorial Prize and was selected for Verb New Voices, a BBC/ACE spoken word development programme, which culminated in the performance of her poem Songs from Whenever on BBC Radio 3s The Verb.
She performs regularly at venues across the North East and at poetry festivals including StAnza and Durham Book Festival. She has worked with Apples and Snakes, English PEN and New Writing North to deliver creative writing workshops for adults and young people. She is currently studying for an MA in Creative Writing at Newcastle University and edits Deseeded an online poetry anthology.