What’s On: North East Literature and Book Events in July 2021

Sun is out, books are open, and we’re back in business with our North East Book Events newsletter for the month of June, featuring literary and book events organised by booksellers, universities, libraries and others in Durham, Tyne and Wear, Teesside and Northumberland.

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Sat 03 to Sun 29
00:00 – Gala Theatre
Colpitt’s Poetry in Pictures
Link to eventThis selection of photographs taken by the late David M James between 1975 and 1989 wonderfully captures the atmosphere of the diverse local venues used by Colpitts Poetry and tells part of the retrospective story of how nationally and internationally renowned poets, small publishing presses and local audiences supported poetry and the arts in those often-difficult times. Organised by Colpitts Poetry.

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Sat 03
18:00 – Online
Women (Re)Writing Milton Book Launch
with Mandy Green, Sharihan Al-Akhras, and others
Link to eventJoin the online launch of a new book on John Milton, at an event coming live from Milton’s Cottage. Organised by Durham University Department of English Studies.

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Sun 04
10:30 – Hexham Abbey
An Unquiet Heart
with Martin Sixsmith
Link to eventBased on the life of Russian lyric poet Sergei Yeseni, Martin Sixsmith paints an extraordinary picture of an extraordinary man in the turbulent times of early 20C Russia. Organised by Hexham Book Festival.

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Mon 05
Love, Letters, and Elizabeth Bowen
with Julia Parry
Link to eventA rare blend of literary biography and family memoir centred around a secret love affair between Elizabeth Bowen and the author’s grandfather . A sudden death in the family delivers Julia a box of love letters. Organised by Hexham Book Festival.

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Thu 08
19:00 – Online
A Poetry Murder Mystery
with John Challis, Shanay Neusum-James, Jane Burn
Link to eventA POETRY MURDER MYSTERY, a monthly poetry night with a twist. Three of the best contemporary poets from the UK and Ireland are invited to read their work, but among them likes a cold-hearted killer. Will poetic justice be served? After all, the murder is among us, in this very… Zoom. Organised by The Braag.

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Thu 15
18:00 – Online
Keats’s Epic Ambitions
with Meiko O’Halloran
Link to eventIn the summer of 1818, the 22-year-old John Keats was looking to extend his poetic powers and elevate his status as a poet by writing an epic poem. In search of formidable landscapes to furnish his imagination, he set off from London and embarked on a walking tour of the Lake District and Scotland. This talk will focus on the importance of Keats’s tour of the North in pursuing his poetic ambitions, walking in the footsteps of great poets, and reaching for the epic. Organised by The Lit and Phil.

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Tue 20
18:00 – Online
A God at the Door
with Tishani Doshi and John Challis
Link to eventNCLA and the GemArts Masala Festival are pleased to welcome the award-winning poet and dancer, Tishani Doshi. Born in Madras, India, Tishani is of Welsh-Gujarati descent and has published four collections of poetry and two novels. Her first collection, Countries of the Body, won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, and her most recent novel, Small Days and Nights (Bloomsbury, 2019), was shortlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize. Organised by Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts.

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Thu 22
19:00 – Online
New Defences of Poetry
Link to eventJoin us to mark the culmination of the ‘New Defences of Poetry’ project, when selected authors will be invited to read both from their defences of poetry and from poems which they feel reflect, engage with or build upon their critical arguments. Organised by Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts.

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Sat 31
10:00 – Online
Bringing Shakespeare’s First Folio to life
with Alice Byrne
Link to eventJourney into the world of Shakespeare through this family-friendly performance workshop! Taking inspiration from Cosin’s Library’s iconic First Folio, this session will introduce participants to some of Shakespeare’s most famous stories, characters, and language through creative and drama-based exercises. Workshop led by actor and theatre maker Alice Byrne. Organised by Cosin’s Library.

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