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

Okay, so we know you’re on the edge of your seats waiting for the launch of Durham Book Festival next month. But to keep you going before then, this September still sees plenty of book-based activities in Durham, Newcastle, Teesside, Sunderland and around the North East. Make sure you subscribe or submit your event to our monthly newsletter to avoid missing out.

Hands up if you’re excited about the imminent release of Margaret Atwood’s next novel [raises both hands]. Our friends at Waterstone’s Durham obviously are. They’ll be hosting two reading groups to get you talking and thinking about what’s sure to be a critical hit, with a discussion of The Handmaid’s Tale on 2nd and then of its brand-new sequel, The Testaments, on 23rd. Between those dates, you can also come to Gala Durham and watch a live broadcast of Atwood in conversation.

Our own Late Summer Lecture Series continues through September, with a chance to learn about how we remember the dead in Classical literature and in Dickens, to follow the forking paths of choose-your-own adventures, and to reflect on how written work can represent music.

Also standing out this month are a number of poetry events that celebrate the spoken word. Top of the bill has to be Benjamin Zepheniah sharing his life and rhymes at Gala Durham. But also catch some striking and diverse voices in Saltburn on 6th, or mellow down with an autumnal poetry reading at Ushaw College on 9th.

These are just some of the book events in the North East this month. The full newsletter is below. To ensure you don’t miss anything, subscribe or follow us on Twitter and Facebook where we post regular updates. If you’re running an event next month, please submit it to the next newsletter by 25th.

20190902T17:00

Mon 02
17:00 in Waterstones, WaterstonesDurham
The Handmaid’s Tale Reading Group
Link to event Come and join us for what we hope will be an enjoyable and engaging discussion of Margaret Atwood’s fantastic novel – ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ ahead of the publication of the much anticipated sequel ‘The Testaments’. Organised by Waterstones.

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20190904T09:00

Wed 04
09:00 in Teesside University, Teesside UniversityMiddlesborough
Picturing Shakespeare: Shakespeare and the Visual Imagination
Link to event Exploring the visual influences of Shakespeare’s work, this conference is for anyone interested in anything visual which appertains to Shakespeare, either influencing him, or showing his influence upon others. Organised by Teesside University.

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20190904T17:30

Wed 04
17:30 in Alington House, Alington HouseDurham
The Classical Underworld as a Memoryscape
with Dr Madeleine Scherer
Link to event Travel down to the Greek underworld in our third Late Summer Lecture. Madeleine Scherer will guide you through the significance of this place in classical tradition and later literary reimaginations. Free and open to all, from students and schools to members of the public. Organised by Late Summer Lecture Series.

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20190906T19:00

Fri 06
19:00 in Shanti Vegetarian Cafe, Shanti Vegetarian CafeSaltburn
Diverse
with Degna Stone, G, Sky Hawkins, Juli Watson
Link to event DiVerse features special guests and open mic performers who are womxn, LGBTQIA+, visibly and invisibly disabled, refugee and artists of colour. DiVerse alternates venues between Hope & Union in Stockton and Shanti Bistro in Saltburn. Organised by Apples and Snakes.

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20190906T19:30

Fri 06
19:30 in Gala, GalaDurham
The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah
with Benjamin Zephaniah
Link to event In a compelling and inspiring show, Zephaniah will explain how he fought injustice and discrimination to lead a remarkable life, while sharing a selection of favourite stories and poems. Organised by Gala Durham.

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20190909T14:00

Mon 09
14:00 in Waterstones, WaterstonesDurham
Seasons of mist and mellow fruitfulness
Link to event Join us for an afternoon of poetry and prose with an autumn theme. We will be reading a selection of favourite poems, together with some you may not have heard before. Organised by Ushaw College.

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20190910T00:00

Tue 10
00:00 in St Chad’s College, St Chad’s CollegeDurham
Libraries, Learning and Religious Identities: Britain, Ireland and the European Context, c.1100-c.1900
Link to event Durham University, in collaboration with Ushaw and Durham Cathedral Library, is in the process of establishing a Residential Research Library, which will provide opportunities for visiting scholars to come to Durham to work on the rich collections of these three institutions. The formal launch of the RRL will take place in the autumn of 2019 and to celebrate the event Durham University and Ushaw are hosting a conference on the theme of Libraries, Learning and Religious Identities. Organised by Durham University Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

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20190910T19:00

Tue 10
19:00 in Gala, GalaDurham
An Evening With Margaret Atwood
Link to event On Tuesday, September 10, the wait is over…. The Testaments, Margaret Atwood’s highly anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, is revealed. The momentous literary event will be celebrated with an exclusive live cinema broadcast, as Fane Productions present an evening with the Canadian novelist, poet, literary critic and inventor. Organised by Gala Durham.

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20190911T10:00

Wed 11
10:00 in Broom House Farm, Broom House FarmWitton Gilbert
From Memory to Memoir One Day Workshop
with Lucie Brownlee
Link to event Have you ever wanted to write a memoir but need help getting started? Then this is course for you!

Guided by award-winning author and memoirist Lucie Brownlee in an idyllic countryside setting, you will be encouraged to unlock your memories, explore your ideas, and find your writing style.

Refreshments will be provided throughout the day and you will be able to relax and discuss your ideas over a delicious lunch in the Farm’s Coffee Shop, with your choice of home-cooked meal off the menu. Organised by Scribblers Inc..

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20190911T17:30

Wed 11
17:30 in Alington House, Alington HouseDurham
Future Memory and Circular Time in Dickens’ ‘The Signal-Man’
with Claire Ashworth
Link to event Charles Dickens’ short story ‘The Signal-Man’ is hauntingly terrifying and intellectually complex. Claire Ashworth explains how Dickens’ vision of time predicts the psychology of Freud, in the fourth Late Summer Lecture. Free and open to all, from students and schools to members of the public. Organised by Late Summer Lecture Series.

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20190913T09:00

Fri 13
09:00 in Hatfield College, Hatfield CollegeDurham
Humour and Satire in British Romanticism
Link to event A free two-day conference on humour and satire in British Romanticism, covering everything from biting political satire to epistolary puns. Organised by Durham University Department of English Studies.

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20190913T13:30

Fri 13
13:30 in Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, Sunderland Museum & Winter GardensSunderland
Ryhope 1919
with Glenda Young
Link to event Join Sunderland author Glenda Young for a nostalgic slideshow and discussion about the farming and coal-mining village of Ryhope in 1919. Ryhope is the location and inspiration for Glenda’s three novels – Belle of the Back Streets, The Tuppenny Child and the Pearl of Pit Lane. Glenda grew up in Ryhope and will explain how and why the village proved to be the inspiration behind her series of books. Also, on Saturday 14 September, you can join Glenda on a guided walk around Ryhope to see the key locations for her debut novel.
Organised by Tyne and Wear Heritage Open Days.

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20190914T11:00

Sat 14
11:00 in Ryhope, Ryhope
Belle of the Back Streets locations walk
with Glenda Young
Link to event Join Sunderland author Glenda Young on an illustrated walk around Ryhope visiting the real-life locations from her best-selling books ‘Belle of the Back Streets’, ‘The Tuppenny Child’ and ‘Pearl of Pit Lane’. Glenda will be interviewed along the route by local historian Paul Lanagan who will be finding out about Glenda’s journey from Coronation Street soap fan to published author.
Organised by Tyne and Wear Heritage Open Days.

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20190918T17:30

Wed 18
17:30 in Alington House, Alington HouseDurham
Wrong Paths: A Short History of Choose-Your-Own Adventure
with George Cox
Link to event If you enjoyed the recent Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, you’re sure to find this Late Summer Lecture of interest. George Cox takes us back through the history of adventure stories in which readers and viewers get to choose what happens next. Free and open to all, from members of the public to schools to academics. Organised by Late Summer Lecture Series.

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20190919T19:00

Thu 19
19:00 in Waterstones, WaterstonesNewcastle
Peter Robinson in conversation with David Mark
Link to event Peter Robinson will be being “cross examined” about his latest in the DCI Banks series, ‘Many Rivers to Cross’, by the equally fantastic David Mark. Organised by Waterstones.

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20190923T17:00

Mon 23
17:00 in Waterstones, WaterstonesDurham
The Testaments Reading Group
Link to event Come and join us for what we hope will be an enjoyable and engaging discussion of Margaret Atwood’s new novel ‘The Testaments’. Organised by Waterstones.

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20190923T18:30

Mon 23
18:30 in Biscuit Factory, Biscuit FactoryNewcastle
In Conversation with Jessie Burton
Link to event Jessie Burton, author of the sensational bestselling novels The Miniaturist and The Muse, has a dazzling new book and we are beyond excited to welcome her to The Biscuit Factory to tell us all about it! Organised by Forum Books and The Biscuit Factory.

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20190925T17:30

Wed 25
17:30 in Alington House, Alington HouseDurham
Classical Music, Conflict, and Identity in the Contemporary Novel
with Katie Harling-Lee
Link to event Since novels are written for the eye not the ear, how can fiction be written about music? Katie Harling-Lee will think about the meaning of music in several recent novels, in this Late Summer Lecture. Free and open to all, from members of the public to schools to academics. Organised by Late Summer Lecture Series.

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20190928T10:00

Sat 28
10:00 in Waterstones, WaterstonesDurham
Book Group Talk
with Sonia Velton
Link to event Sonia will talk to us from 10 to 11am about all things Blackberry & Wild Rose. I am sure you will not want to miss out. No tickets required, just turn up! Organised by Waterstones.

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