Five North East Traditions You Would Like to See Revived

As part of our Records of Early English Drama exhibition on Festive Traditions in the North East, we asked you what traditions you would like to see come back into fashion. Here's our collection of the top five themes that emerged. Which is your favourite? What have we missed? Share your thoughts in the comments or on Twitter... Continue Reading →

Write to Read: Share Your Examples of Terrible Beauty

"A terrible beauty is born." So wrote W.B. Yeats in his poem Easter 1916. Terror and beauty seem like unnatural pairing, but a new book on The Recovery of Beauty explores whether great art can, or indeed should, engage with unethical, violent or dark subjects. What are your own favourite examples of beautiful writing about un-beautiful subjects?... Continue Reading →

Who Are the Best Presidents in Fiction?

Our recent conversation with Thom Addinall-Biddulph threw up some interesting examples of American Presidents depicted in fiction. In this over to you, we'd like you to share your own favourite fictional presidents. Whether on page or screen, and whether Presidents of the United States, the galaxy, or all that lies between, comment below, tweet us using the hashtag #PresidentFiction,... Continue Reading →

The Top Five Lights in Literature

To celebrate Durham Lumiere 2015, we asked you to share your favourite examples of light in literature. Here, in no particular order, are your top five. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald "I thought of Gatsby's wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy's dock." So ponders Nick Carraway, the... Continue Reading →

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