North East Literature and Book Events in February 2018

A fantastical image of an open book with a castle clouds grass lightThere’s a fantastic feel to our latest North East literature what’s on guide. While all these book events take place in and around Durham, Newcastle, Teesside and Sunderland, they also promise to transport us to faraway worlds and different times.

February kicks off with DurhamCon, the annual Sci-Fi and Fantasy convention. This year DurhamCon welcomes author Justina Robson, best known for her Natural History and Quantum Gravity series, and PhD researcher Sarah Lohmann, who looks at the theme of feminist utopia.

Following this, Jade Dillon from the University of Limerick will deliver a series of three public lectures in Durham exploring children’s fiction, young adult fantasy, and fairy tales. On the same theme, Gail-Nina Anderson will tell us all how to spot a fairy in an enticing tour through art and literature as part of Palace Green Library’s Between Worlds exhibition.

While fairies don’t really exist (do they?!), owls, pussy cats and kangaroos certainly do – and they loomed large in the odd imagination of Edward Lear. Join Jenny Uglow at the Lit and Phil on 15th for a life of art and nonsense.

If all this fantasy is too much for you, come back down to earth – and remain firmly rooted in the North East – for the launch of Three Rivers on 8th February, a new anthology celebrating North East poetry and place.

This is just a snapshot of what’s on; see our full newsletter for more. To ensure you don’t miss anything, subscribe if you aren’t already. If you’re running an event next month, be sure to submit it to the next newsletter.

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