North East Literature and Book Events in January 2018


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Love books and all things literary? Live in or visit the North East? Our monthly listing keeps you in the know about literature and book chat, lectures, readings and discussions taking place across the North East, in Durham, Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland, Teesside and beyond. If you are organising a literature-related event that should be added, let us know.


20180110T17:30

Wed 10
17:30 in Herschel Building, Herschel BuildingNewcastle
Reflecting on a life in progress and the stories of oral history
with Alessandro Portelli
Link to event Professor Alessandro Portelli has played a leading role in transforming oral history. Through a number of key studies, he has promoted an appreciation of oral history as a literary genre that throws light on the significance of subjectivity in history. By interpreting the themes and structures of eyewitness testimony, Portelli has consistently demonstrated new ways of understanding memory. In this lecture Portelli reflects on his work to date, illustrating his intellectual journey with reference to the stories of the personal, and historical, victories and defeats that have inspired his critical contribution. This event is organised by Newcastle University.

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20180115T18:00

Mon 15
18:00 in Lit and Phil, Lit and PhilNewcastle
Frankenstein’s Offspring
with Gail-Nina Anderson
Link to event The legacy of Mary Shelley’s novel in popular culture. This event is organised by Lit and Phil.

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20180117T18:15

Wed 17
18:15 in Prior’s Hall, Durham Cathedral, Prior’s Hall, Durham CathedralDurham
Breathing and vocal technique
with Miranda Wright
Link to event The third event of the Arts of Breath series will be practical lecture-workshop conducted by classical singing teacher Miranda Wright with some of her regular vocal students to illustrate the place of trained breathing in vocal technique. This event is organised by Life of Breath.

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20180117T18:00

Wed 17
18:00 in Palace Green Library, Palace Green LibraryDurham
Dante for the Modern Reader
with Peter Hainsworth and David Robey
Link to event Dante’s Divine Comedy is often seen as a kind of encyclopaedia of medieval thought and culture. But it also speaks strongly to the present day. Following on from our Very Short Introduction to Dante, we will discuss the problems and issues that arise in presenting him to the modern general reader, and give our own view of what makes Dante such a startlingly distinctive and original author both within medieval culture and within European literature generally. Though we shall take due account of the distance between Dante and ourselves, we shall emphasise how and why he can be read with pleasure and profit for more than historical reasons. This event is organised by Durham University Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

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20180117T18:00

Wed 17
18:00 in City Library, City LibraryNewcastle
The Enduring Appeal of Harry Potter
with Martin Richardson and Eleanor Spencer-Regan
Link to event Dr Martin Richardson, Associate Professor and Dr Eleanor Spencer-Regan Vice-Principal
and Senior Tutor at University of Durham explore the enduring appeal of Harry Potter. This event is organised by Newcastle Libraries.

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20180124T13:00

Wed 24
13:00 in Institute of Advanced Study, Institute of Advanced StudyDurham
Dante’s predecessors: the origins of purgatory in the early Middle Ages
with Helen Foxhall-Forbes
Link to event Dante’s masterpiece, Divina Commedia, blends his own imaginative brilliance with the rich traditions he inherited from previous generations of writers. This inherited material included a complex body of theological material and visionary literature which explored a range of ideas about the afterlife, and which developed over the centuries as Christians continually reinterpreted their relationship with God and the effects of that relationship on the fate of the soul in the next world. This lecture examines purgatory’s origin in the early Middle Ages, and traces how and why the idea of an intermediate existence for the soul, neither heaven nor hell, was appealing and important to early medieval Christians as they sought to ensure their salvation in an uncertain world. This event is organised by Durham University Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

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20180124T20:00

Wed 24
20:00 in Durham Castle, Durham CastleDurham
Aristotle Goes to the Movies
with Edith Hall
Link to event Aristotle’s Virtue Ethics provide a valuable guide to living a good and fulfilling life which is still useful and practicable in the 21st century. But, unfortunately, his surviving treatises are often a challenging read even for the educated layperson. This lecture discusses his own view of the moral edification which good drama can bestow, and asks what famous movies Aristotle would use, if he were alive today, to illustrate his principal ethical concepts. This event is organised by Durham Castle Lecture Series.

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20180124T17:30

Wed 24
17:30 in Pemberton Building, Pemberton BuildingDurham
Evolution and Victorian Musical Culture Launch & Research Conversation
Link to event You are cordially invited to a book launch and CNCS research conversation being held on 24 January 2018 in the Pemberton Rooms, Palace Green, Durham, to celebrate the recent publication of Evolution and Victorian Musical Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2017). Celebrations begin with a research conversation on music, science and Victorian culture, followed by a wine reception and book launch. This event is organised by Durham University Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies.

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20180125T15:00

Thu 25
15:00 in Mining Institute, Mining InstituteNewcastle
Digital Archives
with the Animating Text project team
Link to event This event will explore the relationship between digital and print editions, considering different ways of understanding and experiencing text. Our speakers will draw on the work being done by Animating Text at Newcastle University (ATNU), a project that explores the story of text, using digital editing techniques to fuse humanities and social sciences research and computer science. Similarly, we will examine the archive as a collaborative space, looking at the Digital Women’s Archive North’s work around disrupting digital society and creating spaces where traditionally marginalised groups can have their voices heard. Finally, we will consider written and artistic responses to the digital archive, exploring ways in which the digital can complement rather than replace the print edition. This event is organised by Creative Fuse North East.

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20180126T19:30

Fri 26
19:30 in Durham Town Hall, Durham Town HallDurham
The World is Never Quiet
Link to event Spend a summer’s day with a cast of characters inspired by visitors to the world’s first major exhibition on voice-hearing – Hearing Voices: suffering, inspiration and the everyday – that took place at Durham University’s Palace Green Library from November 2016 to February 2017. This event is organised by Hearing the Voice.

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20180129T19:30

Mon 29
19:30 in North Road Methodist Church, North Road Methodist ChurchDurham
Breathing in Choral Singing
with Julian Wright
Link to event The fourth event of the Arts of Breath series will be practical lecture-workshop conducted by Julian Wright in the form of an open rehearsal with the Durham Singers to consider the place of breathing in choral singing. This event is organised by Life of Breath.

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20180131T16:30

Wed 31
16:30 in Hallgarth House, Hallgarth HouseDurham
The Shape of Free Speech: Rethinking Liberal Free Speech Theory
with Anshuman A. Mondal
Link to event In an age when free speech and fake news are major political questions, this Inventions of the Text seminar promises to explore the problem from an informed angle. This event is organised by Inventions of the Text.

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