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

August is traditionally a quiet month for book events in the North East. But for those of you not off on holidays elsewhere, our monthly what’s on guide to literature in Durham, Newcastle, Teesside, Sunderland and around still has a fine selection of readings and talks to keep you engaged.

A fixture in the August books calendar is back for 2018. The annual Late Summer Lectures series brings to Alington House, Durham, some of the fascinating literary research being done by postgraduates across the north. All talks are free, and open to everyone.

The series kicks off with questions of influence: how did sound-film affect literary fiction, and how has our current turbulent political era given contemporary writers a new ethical responsibility? From there we go back to female origin stories and themes of romance and remembrance in medieval literature.

Elsewhere, there’s a chance to get immersed in some live action literary performances. Join the Time Bandits for the Real Frankenstein on 4th August in Newcastle City Library, enjoy a ghostly evening of Scottish tales at Palace Green Library, and peer behind the mask to discover how Noh theatre makes it from page to stage.

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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