April is the coolest month for North East book lovers, bringing with it a shower of literary events forecast in our monthly English Literature events listing.
There are three literary festivals coming up this month. T-Junction is an international poetry festival that will bring the likes of Tony Harrison, Jean Binta-Breeze, and George Szirtes to Middlesborough from 14th to 17th. At the end of the month, Hexham Book Festival features a host of workshops, talks, readings and performances from some of the country’s leading novelists and authors. And if crime is your thing (literarily speaking, of course) check out Newcastle Noir.
Here in Durham, we’re looking forward to the launch of a free exhibition on Plays, Processions, and Parchment: Discovering Festive Traditions in the North-East of England, which highlights the North East’s rich history of plays and folk customs, from dances with death to stage dragons. The exhibition (in Durham Cathedral) is accompanied by a series of talks, starting with an intriguing look at Worms, stags and other folk performances.
Plays, Processions, and Parchment is centred around medieval and Renaissance drama, and this leads seamlessly onto the topic of Shakespeare. 400 years on from his death, Shakespeare and his plays will be brought back to life at the Lit and Phil, with a series of talks and performances.
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