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

If you’re gearing up for a summer holiday, then perhaps you need inspiration for what books to take with you. To help you decide, why not come to one of the literary talks and events coming up in the North East this month? See our what’s on guide to books in Durham, Newcastle, Teesside, Sunderland and around. If you’re planning an event next month, be sure to let us know so we can include it.

This month sees us move from young to old. At the start of the month, we’re pleased to host one of the world’s leading Brontë scholars, Christine Alexander, who will be giving a free public talk on the Brontë juvenilia, editing, and print culture on 5th July. This forms part of the Sixth International Literary Juvenilia Conference running from 5th to the 8th.

There is then a distinctly medieval vibe to literature events. On 9th July Daisy Black will be bringing her unmissable Unruly Women show, telling medieval tales from around Europe about women who gain the upper hand – or, occasionally, the upper arse. This is just one event linked to two conferences on early modern literature coming up in Durham this July.

From larger than life women to small action men, be sure to spot Scaling the Heights: Miniature Mountaineering on 21st July in Durham’s Oriental Museum. Here, artist Stephen Livingstone will speak about his work on Scaling the Heights, a staging of a series of figures who climb the shelves of libraries as a representation of the rich culture of mountaineering literature.

With a similar sense of exploring worlds, GemArts Masala Poetry Festival at the Lit and Phil will bring three award winning poets, Sujata Bhatt, Vidyan Ravinthiran and Zaffar Kunial. They will read from their latest work that considers, amongst themes of home and heritage, multiculturalism and history, the inheritance of languages.

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, submit it to the next newsletter.

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