What’s On: North East Literature and Book Events in March 2018


Oh, the weather outside is frightful / And the fire is so delightful / But since we’ve no place to go lots of book events coming up in the North East in March, / Let it stop snowing soon. Meet our monthly what’s on guide to literature in Durham, Newcastle, Teesside, Sunderland and around.

Two major festivals hit the region this month. For the writers among you, check out Sunderland Creative Writing Festival running from 1st to 29th March. With workshops from leading authors and speakers, on topics from writing for radio to walking as inspiration for poetry, there’s sure to be something to boost your inspiration. On a more reflective note, the BBC Free Thinking Festival comes to the Sage Gateshead, wrestling with this year’s theme of ‘The One and the Many’. We’ve detailed some of the literary-related lectures in our newsletter.

Also running through this month on the back of World Book Day, children’s literature gets a special mention. Saturday 3rd March will see the Biggest Book Show on Earth (yes, really) coming to Theatre Royal thanks to Seven Stories. On 7th, children’s author Brian Alderson will explain how he was influenced by the work of John Bunyan. And on 16th the Literature Works/Love Books conference comes to Newcastle Libraries.

Lastly, don’t miss the final lecture in our Arts of Breath series, where Michael Symmons Roberts will explore the theme of Breath in Fiction and Poetry.

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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