What’s On: North East Literature and Book Events in January 2019

A Happy New Year to you! We hope that 2019 has started well, and that you’re well stocked with books and things to read in the year ahead. As you settle into January, our what’s on guide to books in the North East this month has a number of events to keep you engaged. Check out our listings for literature in Durham, Newcastle, Teesside, Sunderland and around for September. 

As Brexit and debates about immigration loom early in the year, a timely reminder that these are not new concerns. A conference on Gender and Aliens – which also includes some public lectures – will think about how the outsider has been depicted in the medieval period.

On a less controversial note, but sticking to the same moment in history, Professor Georgia Greenia will explain how texts inspired the craze for pilgrimage in the middle ages in a free talk on 29th.

Moving forward, our friends at Waterstones are busy with a number of author talks – though with a peculiarly chilling feel with crime, wine and cold bones on the agenda.

These are just a few of the highlights. The full newsletter is below. To ensure you don’t miss anything next month, subscribe if you aren’t already. If you’re running an event next month, be sure to submit it to the next newsletter.

20190107T14:30

Mon 07to Thu 10
in Various venues, Various venuesDurham
Gender and Aliens: Gender and Medieval Studies Conference
Link to event The annual Gender and Medieval Studies conference takes place at Durham in 2019, with the theme Gender and Aliens. In recent years discourse around ‘aliens’, as migrants living in modern nation-states, has been highly polarised, and the status of people who are technically termed legal or illegal aliens by the governments of those states has often been hotly contested. It is evident from studies of the past, however, that the movement of people is not a recent phenomenon. Organised by Durham University Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

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20190109T17:00

Wed 09
17:00 in Palace Green Library, Palace Green LibraryDurham
Rape and the Reader: Classic Arabic Poetry Comes to Light
with Dr Adam Talib (Durham University)
Link to event A free public lecture that forms part of the annual Gender and Medieval Studies conference taking place at Durham, with the theme Gender and Aliens. Organised by Durham University Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

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20190109T19:00

Wed 09
19:00 in Lit and Phil, Lit and PhilNewcastle
Red Squirrel Poetry Launches
with Steve Urwin and Edwin Stockdale
Link to event Red Squirrel Press invites you to the launch of two poetry publications: Steve Urwin’s full collection Laughter To Split Glass and Edwin Stockdale’s collection The Glower of the Sun. Organised by Red Squirrel Press.

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20190116T15:30

Wed 16
15:30 in Palace Green Library, Palace Green LibraryDurham
Breathtaking Books & Inspiring Incunabula
Link to event Elaborating on the themes of our special winter exhibition Catch Your Breath Exhibition, our Librarians and Archivists will delve into a wide range of topics. Come and see a display of delights – from music manuscripts to medical illustrations – that will take your breath away. Organised by Palace Green Library.

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20190117T18:00

Thu 17
18:00 in Prior’s Hall, Durham Cathedral, Prior’s Hall, Durham CathedralDurham
Hearing Voices, Demonic and Divine
with Professor Chris Cook
Link to event Featuring an introduction by John Swinton (Professor in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care and Chair in Divinity and Religious Studies, University of Aberdeen), our panel of experts will explore the experience of hearing voices from scientific, spiritual, theological and personal standpoints. Chaired by Charles Fernyhough (Director and PI, Hearing the Voice). Organised by Hearing the Voice.

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20190122T18:30

Tue 22
18:30 in Design Building, Design BuildingNewcastle
‘This year, next year, sometime’: recreating the present in the era of the Second World War
with Professor Julian Wrigh
Link to event Reflecting on what it means to lose the past and the future was a common experience in the era of the Second World War. The middle years of the European twentieth century jolted people out of well-established patterns of daily life and the temporal rhythms they had known, forcing them to rethink the flow of time in the present. Writers captured the struggle to rebuild a ‘normal’ sense of temporal existence. Organised by Northumbria University.

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20190124T19:00

Thu 24
19:00 in Waterstones, WaterstonesNewcastle
Crime & Wine
with Fiona Barton and Lesley Kara
Link to event Join us for a Crime and Wine Evening at Waterstones Newcastle. Crime authors Fiona Barton and Lesley Kara will be discussing their new novels with our crime expert. Organised by Waterstones.

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20190128T19:00

Mon 28
19:00 in Waterstones, WaterstonesNewcastle
Cold Bones
with David Mark
Link to event We are absolutely delighted to announce that we have the brilliant, Durham-based crime writer David Mark here to talk to us about his latest book, ‘Cold Bones’. Organised by Waterstones.

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20190129T17:30

Tue 29
17:30 in Hogan Lovell Lecture Theatre, Hogan Lovell Lecture TheatreDurham
Writing and Walking in the Middle Ages: Pilgrim Libraries
with Professor George Greenia
Link to event Pilgrims wander, libraries do not. The history of written culture in the West owes much to this apparent contradiction, perhaps the very emergence of travel writing as a “genre of authenticity”, eye witness testimony as seen by the spiritual eye within. What were the texts that launched pilgrims toward distant shine sites, what texts did they seek as they traveled, and what did they write on their return? And what is the material history of writing while on a journey in the Middle Ages? Organised by Durham University Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

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20190130T19:00

Wed 30
19:00 in Waterstones, WaterstonesNewcastle
An evening with Daniel James
with Daniel James and Dr Jacky Collins
Link to event The Unauthorised Biography of Ezra Maas is the story of a journalist searching for the truth about a reclusive artist through 60 years of unreality. A chilling literary labyrinth, the book combines postmodern noir with new journalism and biography, letters, phone transcripts, emails and newspaper clippings. Organised by Waterstones.

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