North East English Literature Events in December 2016


Scrooge and the Ghost of Marley, by Arthur Rackham (Swann Galleries) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Scrooge and the Ghost of Marley, by Arthur Rackham (Swann Galleries) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Sick of Christmas shopping? Fed up with festivities? Bah, humbug! Count down the days of December by unwrapping our monthly listing of literature events in the North East, which is stockinged full of book talks and literary chat to enjoy instead.

This December we celebrate two important literary anniversaries. On 8th join Professor Kiernan Ryan for a free lecture for Shakespeare 400, The Empathetic Imagination and the Dream of Equality: Shakespeare’s “Poetical Justice”. Jumping forward several centuries, H.G. Wells was born 150 years ago; Professor Simon James looks back (and forward) to his prophetic vision of the future in H.G. Wells and Victorian time travel.

From persons past to present-day poets, kick off a new season of Colpitts Poetry with Northumberland-based Katrina Porteous, and the BBC New Generation Thinker, Preti Taneja. If poetry’s your thing, don’t forget to check out the exhibition ‘The best words in the best order’ Poetry in Durham and the North East, currently running at Palace Green Library.

Poets often talk about their “inner voice,” which makes the exhibition of Hearing Voices: Suffering, Inspiration, and the Everyday very pertinent. Join those behind the exhibition for a guided tour on 14th December, and then reflect on Media stereotypes, voice-hearing and violence at a free public talk that evening.

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. Follow or post using the hashtag #NELiteratureEvents to help publicise your own activities.

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