North East English Literature Events in May 2017


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May brings a blossoming of bookish events to the North East. Enjoy them all with our listing of the literary lectures, conferences and events happening in our region this month.


This newsletter reminds us that one of the pleasures and interests of literature is the way it connects to other fields of culture, from visual painting to music to politics.

The links between canvas and the page are explored at two North East galleries. Examine Genius, Creativity and Disease at the Laing Gallery on 23rd May, as part of its Van Dyck exhibition, and see Garrick in Action on 12th May, with the curator of Painting the Theatre at the Bowes Museum.

Moving between poetry and music, this year’s Newcastle Poetry Festival, from 9th to 13th May, features music and poetry collaborations at Sage Gateshead including performances by Royal Northern Sinfonia. There will also be readings from UK-based and international poets, the launch of a new poetry app, The Basil Bunting Poetry Award announcement, a poetry symposium, as well as workshops, panel discussions, films, exhibitions, book signings and food stalls.

Lastly, connecting literature and politics, a timely public lecture on 4th May looks at the Literary Prehistory of the Welfare State.

This is just a snapshot of what’s on in the North East this month. Subscribe to the full listing, or follow us on Twitter or Facebook for reminders and additional events. Post using the hashtag #NELiteratureEvents to publicise your own activities.

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