What’s On: North East Literature and Book Events in July 2019

Summer seems to have arrived at last - good news for readers who love to lounge on the beach with a book, though it does mean that many of our region's regular book events are winding down for the season. Nevertheless, there are still some activities happening in Durham, Newcastle, Teesside, Sunderland and around the... Continue Reading →

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New Podcast: The Pleasures and Challenges of Contemporary Literature

Stream here or download via your favourite podcast player. Meet Arya Thampuran and Katie Harling-Lee, two PhD researchers who have particular interests in contemporary fiction, and who have set up a new network to draw you into the conversation as well. In this podcast, we chatted with Arya and Katie about their own research, the... Continue Reading →

Durham Miners and Wartime Propaganda

This weekend is Durham Miner's Gala, the annual celebration of the region's coal mining heritage. Ahead of the march, Dr Guy Woodward, researcher on the Political Warfare Executive project, has been digging in the archives to discover how Durham miners were depicted in wartime propaganda. While it is well known that the North East's miners... Continue Reading →

Muriel Spark’s Mythologisers

In an age of 'fake news', we know that stories that begin as myths and fabrications can end up becoming taken as fact and truth. But 'fake news' precedes the age of Donald Trump and social media - and indeed warnings about its dangerous effects can be found throughout post-war literature. Muriel Spark's fiction offers... Continue Reading →

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