North East Literature Events in October 2016


Falstaff, by Eduard von Grützner [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Falstaff, by Eduard von Grützner [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

There is a feast of literary and bookish events to gorge on this month in the North East, now compiled in our (slightly delayed) monthly listing.

To our region this month come not one, not two, but three book festivals. With topics from poetry to politics, and welcoming a mix of established voices and new names, this year’s Durham Book Festival hits the city and wider county from 7th to 16th October. To the east of Durham, the Sunderland Literature and Creative Writing Festival includes lots of enticing lectures, workshops and reading groups, with a distinctly local angle to the literary discussions. Heading north, Berwick’s third literary festival runs from 20th to 22nd October.

If that isn’t enough to sate your appetite, dine on the final course of Late Summer Lectures on the topic of the Lambton Worm on 5th October, or enjoy the start of the annual programme of Institute of Advanced Study lectures with a talk that intriguingly brings together Will Self and Enid Blyton.

Lastly, in the centenary year of the Battle of the Somme, reflect on the significance of writing about the First World War, and one of its most important chroniclers in the shape of Pat Barker, in a symposium on 15th October.

This is just a snapshot of what’s on in the North East this month. Subscribe to our full listing for our monthly newsletter, or keep in touch with us on Twitter or Facebook for reminders and additional events. Share events using #NELiteratureEvents.

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