The ideas of March are upon us, in the form of our monthly English Literature events listing, highlighting the most stimulating lectures, talks and literary readings from across the North East region.
This month sees the first ever Durham Sci-Fi and Fantasy Lit Fest, featuring acclaimed authors Richard Morgan (author of ‘Altered Carbon’ and ‘A Land Fit For Heroes’; writer for ‘Black Widow’ and ‘Crysis 2’) and Lauren Owen (author of ‘The Quick’). And from science fiction, to science in fiction and the fictions of science – join Margaret Wilkinson and Professor Steven French at the Lit and Phil on 14th for the launch of a new anthology, Science into Fiction.
While science fiction may be a relatively new genre, there can be few authors who better embody the longer tradition of female writing than the Bronte sisters; 7th March will feature a celebration of the Brontes especially for International Women’s Day 2016. Looking back to the same period, a conference on 12th March looks at Victorian Culture and the Origin of Disciplines.
If poetry is your thing, then join Anne Stevenson on 3rd for the final poetry reading of her Bloodaxe 2016 series, while the following day Colpitt’s Poetry features two of the best dialect poets around, in the form of Liz Berry and Katrina Porteous.
Lastly, on 10th, there’s a rare opportunity to see the esteemed critical and novelist, Gabriel Josipovici, who comes to the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts.