North East Literature Events in November 2017


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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.


20171031T18:00

Tue 31 Oct
18:00 in Elvet Riverside 201, Elvet Riverside 201Durham
The Naked City: New York Modernism 1845 / 1919 / 1947, with Professor Peter Hulme
Link to event Join the leading academic Professor Peter Hulme for this one-off public lecture exploring the world of New York across 100 years.
This event is organised by Modern Languages and Cultures, the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture, and the Department of English Studies..

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20171031T18:15

Tue 31 Oct
18:15 in Elvet Riverside 141, Elvet Riverside 141Durham
Creativity and Collaboration: The Case of The Mysterious Mother, with Dale Townshend (Manchester Metropolitan University)
Link to event Incestuous sexuality, clerical corruption, and horrors piling implacably upon horrors: Horace Walpole’s Gothic tragedy, The Mysterious Mother (1768), is one of the most extraordinary closet dramas of the eighteenth century. Explore its secrets at this talk in our Walpole and His Legacies series. This event is organised by Durham University Department of English Studies.

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20171102T18:00

Thu 02
18:00 in Palace Green Library, Palace Green LibraryDurham
Between Worlds, with Dr. Victoria Flood and Dr. Jamie Tehrani
Link to event Join us for an evening of lectures and discussion based on our new exhibition at Palace Green Library, Between Worlds: Folklore and Fairy Tales from Northern Britain. Two leading academics will delve into the history, evolution and wider influence of these tales, sharing insight into their fascinating research. This event is organised by Palace Green Library.

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20171102T19:15

Thu 02
19:15 in Culture Lab, Culture LabNewcastle
Alan Hollinghurst in conversation with William Fiennes
Link to event Alan Hollinghurst is a novelist, poet, short story writer and translator. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Somerset Maugham Award and the Booker Prize. He will be reading from his latest book, The Sparshot Affair (Picador, 2017). a masterly novel about sexuality, art and family secrets. This event is organised by Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts.

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20171107T18:15

Tue 07
18:15 in Elvet Riverside 141, Elvet Riverside 141Durham
Walpole, Catholicism, and the Visual Arts, with Clare Haynes (University of East Anglia)
Link to event Discover how Horace Walpole brought Catholic culture back into fashion in Britain, at this lecture in our series Horace Walpole and his Legacies. This event is organised by Durham University Department of English Studies.

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20171108T17:30

Wed 08
17:30 in Palace Green Library, Palace Green LibraryDurham
Print and the Reformation: a drama in three acts, with Prof. Andrew Pettegree, (University of St Andrews)
Link to event The 11th Annual History of the Book Lecture 2017. Throughout the history of printing, questions of design have been crucial to the development of the book industry. This is especially the case with the development of the title-page, the most crucial design feature for which there was no obvious model inherited from the manuscript book world… This event is organised by Durham University Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

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20171108T12:00

Wed 08
12:00 in Elvet Riverside 153, Elvet Riverside 153Durham
New Approaches to Photography and Poetry, with Dr William Schaefer and Dr Adam Talib
Link to event William Schaefer: Circulatory Environments, Circulatory Histories, and Photographic Ecologies

Adam Talib: ‘Last Night I Dreamt that Somebody Loved me’: The frustrated narrative of an anonymous Ottoman-era Arabic love poem This event is organised by Durham University Modern Languages and Cultures.

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20171110T16:00

Fri 10
16:00 in Hild Bede College, Hild Bede CollegeDurham
The North East Forum in Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies, with Mathelinda Nabugodi and Daniel Norman
Link to event Mathelinda Nabugodi (Newcastle): Ariel: Shakespeare’s ‘airy spirit’ in P. B. Shelley’s and Goethe’s works

Daniel Norman (Durham): Rediscovering the Plot: Coleridge’s and Thelwall’s Theatrical Wit This event is organised by The North East Forum in Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies.

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20171111T17:30

Sat 11
17:30 in Armstrong Building, Armstrong BuildingNewcastle
The Mighty Stream: Poems in Celebration of Martin Luther King
Link to event It is 50 years since Newcastle University awarded an honorary degree to Dr Martin Luther King Jr on 13 November 1967. In the spirit of Dr King and his work as a humanitarian and activist, NCLA in partnership with Bloodaxe Books is pleased to launch The Mighty Stream: Poems in Celebration of Martin Luther King (Bloodaxe and Newcastle University, 2017), edited by Newcastle University Professor of Poetry and Scots Makar Jackie Kay, and Carolyn Forché, Director of the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice at Georgetown University, Washington. This event is organised by Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts.

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20171112T14:30

Sun 12
14:30 in Bowes Museum, Bowes MuseumBarnard Castle
The Art of the Actor, with James Harriman Smith
Link to event Join Dr. James Harriman Smith (Newcastle University) & members of the Castle Players for a unique insight into the role of paintings in historic performance. Eighteenth-century acting manuals repeatedly advised their readers to study paintings, but what exactly were actors meant to be looking for? Through a mixture of research presentations and practical examples, we will attempt to answer that question, and to shed new light on the Museum’s own paintings, by Zoffany, of the actor David Garrick. This event is organised by Bowes Museum.

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20171114T18:15

Tue 14
18:15 in Elvet Riverside 141, Elvet Riverside 141Durham
Greenth, with Stephen Bending (University of Southampton)
Link to event The word ‘greenth’ sounds like an oddity, but this lecture in our Walpole and His Legacies series will show how it unlocks key ideas about the politics and attitudes of the eighteenth century and our own time. This event is organised by Durham University Department of English Studies.

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20171114T19:00

Tue 14
19:00 in Pele Tower, Pele TowerCorbridge
Celebrating 20 Years of Picador Poetry, with Katharine Towers, Sean O’Brien, Kathleen Jamie, Colette Bryce, Jacob Polley
Link to event Picador Poetry is twenty years old, and to celebrate we are thrilled – actually, beyond thrilled, pinching ourselves – to be joined by five of their finest poets – Jacob Polley, Kathleen Jamie, Colette Bryce, Katharine Towers and Sean O’Brien. This event is organised by Forum Books.

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20171115T18:15

Wed 15
18:15 in Elvet Riverside 142, Elvet Riverside 142Durham
Breath, Pulse and Measure in 20th Century American Poetry, with Professor David Fuller
Link to event The Arts of Breath public lecture series launches with Prof David Fuller exploring the significance of breath to the Black Mountain Poets. This event is organised by Life of Breath.

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20171120T17:40

Mon 20
17:40 in World Heritage Visitors Centre, World Heritage Visitors CentreDurham
Shining Light on the Past: Analysing Pigments in Medieval Manuscripts, with Louise Garner
Link to event This event is organised by Durham University Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

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20171121T18:15

Tue 21
18:15 in Elvet Riverside 141, Elvet Riverside 141Durham
Walpole, Burney, and the Tragedy of Incest, with Gillian Skinner (Durham University)
Link to event Find out how Horace Walpole’s ‘truly dreadful’ drama inspired the work of the later writer, Frances Burney, at this free public lecture in our Walpole and His Legacies series. This event is organised by Durham University Department of English Studies.

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20171122T19:00

Wed 22
19:00 in Ushaw College, Ushaw CollegeDurham
War Poets, with Professor Stephen Regan and Friends
Link to event At this poignant time of the year, Professor Stephen Regan and his friends read extracts from some of the most moving poetry ever written. Light supper included in the price. This event is organised by Ushaw College.

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20171123T19:15

Thu 23
19:15 in Armstrong Building, Armstrong BuildingNewcastle
His Bloody Project, with Graeme Macrae Burne and Sinéad Morrissey
Link to event Graeme Macrae Burnet’s second novel, His Bloody Project (Contraband, 2016), won the Saltire Society Fiction Book of the Year Award, the Vrij Nederland Thriller of the Year Award, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the LA Times Book Awards. He won Author of the Year in the 2017 Sunday Herald Culture Awards. This event is organised by Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts.

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20171123T18:00

Thu 23
18:00 in Percy Building, Percy BuildingNewcastle
Into Crongton, with Alex Wheatle
Link to event In this free author event, hear Alex Wheatle, winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2016, talk about his young adult novels Liccle Bit, Crongton Knights and Straight Outta Crongton. This event is organised by Seven Stories.

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20171124T09:30

Fri 24
09:30 in Seven Stories, Seven StoriesNewcastle
Diverse Voices? Curating a national history of children’s books
Link to event As the National Centre for Children’s Books, Seven Stories’ mission is to save, share and celebrate Britain’s literary heritage for children. But how are Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic voices represented in our national story of children’s literature? This event is organised by Seven Stories.

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20171124T16:30

Fri 24
16:30 in Seven Stories, Seven StoriesNewcastle
Catherine Johnson and Patrice Lawrence
Link to event Join writers Catherine Johnson and Patrice Lawrence in the attic as they talk about their work, and reflect on issues around children’s literature and race. This event is organised by Seven Stories.

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20171125T15:30

Sat 25
15:30 in Palace Green Concert Hall, Palace Green Concert HallDurham
Lost Voices from the North-East
Link to event Listen in to echoes from the past, when All Hallows’ Eve struck fear in people’s souls! With Hector Sequera, Barbara Ravelhofer, musicians, singers, a dragon, and a wild horse. This event is organised by Being Human Festival.

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20171125T09:00

Sat 25
09:00 in Institute of Advanced Study, Institute of Advanced StudyDurham
Victorian Interdisciplinarity and the Arts Workshop
Link to event This first in a series of three workshops tests the nature of Victorian Britain’s interdisciplinary project by probing mutual implications in the genesis of arts and sciences, including hard and soft sciences, social sciences, humanities and performative arts. This event is organised by Durham University Institute of Advanced Study.

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20171125T09:00

Sat 25
09:00 in Various, VariousNewcastle
Books on Tyne
Link to event The seventh year of Books on Tyne: The Newcastle Book Festival will stage a remarkably varied programme of events.

The City Library offers some old favourites such as John Grundy and Chris Phipps, and the Polari Literary Salon returns with one of the biggest names in crime writing, Val McDermid. Janet Ellis will talk about her Blue Peter days and her new life as an author. Other topics include vampires, hospitals, poetry, local history and, as ever, plenty of crime!

The Lit & Phil have an equally diverse programme with football, rare books, railways, and discussions with actors turned authors, Hugh Fraser and George Costigan, on offer. Look out, too, for some great family events on 2nd December. This event is organised by Lit and Phil and Newcastle Libraries.

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20171126T14:00

Sun 26
14:00 in City Library, City LibraryNewcastle
The Land of Three Rivers, with Neil Astley
Link to event A celebration of North-East England past and present in poetry. Featuring its places and people, culture, history, language and stories in poems and songs, from Roman times through medieval Northumbria and the industrial era of mining and shipbuilding up to the present-day. This event is organised by Books on Tyne.

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20171127T19:30

Mon 27
19:30 in Lit and Phil, Lit and PhilNewcastle
Red Squirrel Press Presents, with Shelley Day, Ellen Phethean and Tom Kelly
Link to event Tom Kelly will read from his poetry collection Spelk and his short story pamphlet, The Last Clockwork Whippet on the Tyne, Ellen Phethean from her poetry collections Breath, Portrait of the Quince as an Older Woman and her Young Adult novel, Ren and the Blue Hands and Shelley Day from her forthcoming short story collection, A Policy of Constant Improvement. This event is organised by Books on Tyne.

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20171128T18:15

Tue 28
18:15 in Elvet Riverside 141, Elvet Riverside 141Durham
Walpole, Vampires, and the Undead, with Nick Groom (University of Exeter)
Link to event Venture into the origins of vampire novels in this lecture from our series on Horace Walpole and his Legacies. This event is organised by Durham University Department of English Studies.

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20171128T18:00

Tue 28
18:00 in Lit and Phil, Lit and PhilNewcastle
Buried Alive! Books Unearthed in our Time, with Michael Burke
Link to event This lecture tells three stories of extraordinary ancient books that were lost for centuries, deliberately buried underground:

Thirteen papyrus books were discovered in a clay pot in Egypt in 1945.
St Cuthbert’s Gospel was buried with Cuthbert when he died in 692 and acquired for the nation in 2005.
The Fadden More Psalter, one of the earliest surviving British manuscripts was found in a peat bog in Tipperary in 2005. This event is organised by Books on Tyne.

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20171129T18:15

Wed 29
18:15 in Elvet Riverside 142, Elvet Riverside 142Durham
Visualising the Ephemeral: Breath in Visual Art, with Jayne Wilton
Link to event In the second event of the Arts of Breath series, Jayne Wilton will be exploring breath in visual art. This event is organised by Life of Breath.

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20171129T19:30

Wed 29
19:30 in Lit & Phil, Lit & PhilNewcastle
Jacob Polley
Link to event Jacob Polley has published four books of poems, winning the 2016 T.S. Eliot Prize for poetry for his fourth Jackself. He has also been awarded the 2013 Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize for The Havocs, and the Somerset Maugham Award for his first novel, Talk of the Town (2009). This event is organised by Books on Tyne.

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20171130T19:15

Thu 30
19:15 in Culture Lab, Culture LabNewcastle
Poetry Book Society, with Pascale Petit and James Sheard
Link to event Pascale Petit’s seventh collection, Mama Amazonica (Bloodaxe Books, 2017), is a Poetry Book Society Choice. James Sheard’s most recent collection, The Abandoned Settlements (Cape, 2016), was a Poetry Book Society Choice. This event is organised by Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts.

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