North East English Literature Events in May 2016


St. George's Kermis with the Dance around the Maypole, by Pieter Brueghel (II) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

St. George’s Kermis with the Dance around the Maypole, by Pieter Brueghel (II) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


“The scarlet maple-keys betray/What potent blood hath modest May.” So, with apologies to Ralph Waldo Emerson, our monthly English events listing betrays a host of talks and lectures to stir the senses across the North East this May.

In Durham we’re looking forward to the continuation of the exhibition Plays, Processions, and Parchment: Festive Traditions in the North East, along with its accompanying programme of talks, on topics ranging from medieval comedy to early drama in Durham.

For performances of a more modern variety, this coming weekend (5th-7th) sees the Newcastle Poetry Festival, bringing together the likes of Carolyn Forché, Sean O’Brien and Fleur Adcock with Matthew Dickman, Sarah Howe and Mark Waldron to the Northern Stage.

And from poetry to pictures, check out the second UK Graphic Novel Expo, Wonderlands, in Sunderland on 28th.

This is just a small snapshot of what’s on in the North East this month. Head over to our full listing for more, or keep in touch with us on Twitter or Facebook for reminders and additional events.

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