Packing your books and heading off to a tropical beach this July? Lucky you. Staying here in the North East? Luckier still – because there are still lots of fascinating literature events to attend in the region this month, as captured in our monthly roundup.
Top of the bill in Durham this month is the Theatrum Mundi festival of medieval and Renaissance theatre, featuring free music, dance, and performances from 1st to 12th July. From a massive Renaissance show on Palace Green, to a presentation of the earliest British work of drama written right here in the North East, Theatrum Mundi will bring the past to life on stage. Beware: there will also be a stage dragon on the loose, prowling the city in a unique street show.
If you’re brave enough to confront the dragon, you might also be enthralled by the adventures of mountaineer Joe Tasker, whose books about climbing are classics of the genre. His life and literary legacy is celebrated in a new exhibition at Ushaw College running through to September.
Back down to earth, there are several academic conferences this July, including Fanny Burney and Popular Entertainments, Packaging the Past for Children, and Risking the Future. For those interested in medieval and Renaissance topics, don’t miss the SITM/REED Colloquium on medieval theatre and the annual Medieval and Early Modern Student Association conference on identity.
Lastly, at the end of the month, there’s an interesting pair of public lectures on the theme of Dangerous Women in Fiction, part of the ongoing Northumbria Summer Speaker series.