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

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If you love books, you’re in luck. We have an astonishing four literary festivals taking place across the North East throughout May. These and more book events are captured in our monthly what’s on guide to literature in Durham, Newcastle, Teesside, Sunderland and around.

Kicking things off, Hexham Book Festival continues through the start of this month, with Kate Mosse, Rachel Joyce, Alan Taylor reminiscing about Muriel Spark, and many more. The first weekend in May then forces you to make a choice. If poetry’s your thing join the Newcastle Poetry Festival for a celebration with some of the best current practitioners – or turn to a life of crime with the return of Newcastle Noir. And if all this has inspired you to start your own writing project, drop into The Word for the annual WRITE Festival, which features over 40 events across its two week run.


Aside from the festival scene, Brian Alderson looks into children’s books in Newcastle, while Guy Mankowski looks into the future in Sunderland. Here at Durham, we’ll be reflecting on twenty-five years of Madness and Modernism with the author of this seminal book, Louis A. Sass.

The month closes with a celebration of writing past and present. You’re invited to join Bloodaxe, the leading publisher of poetry, for their 40th birthday party on 31st (having first come to launch the sixth collection of one of their poets, Gillian Allnutt, on 23rd). And on 26th, ponder on how the digital revolution will change publishing and writing for the next decades with the Digi_Create conference.

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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