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

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Love all things literary? Looking for book events and literature lectures in the North East? Our monthly what’s on guide captures the literature and book chat, lectures, readings and other events.

In current Covid-19 circumstances, most events are online and open to a global audience. However, we still focus on promoting events organised by universities, bookshops, museums and festivals in County Durham, Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland, Teesside, Northumberland and surrounding areas.

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20210505T17:30
Wed 05
17:30 – Online
Poetry Reading
with Peter Gizzi
Link to eventPeter Gizzi’s recent books include Now It’s Dark (2020) and Archeophonics (2016). Also in 2020, Sky Burial: New & Selected Poems came out from Carcanet in the UK. Organised by Inventions of the Text.

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20210505T17:30
Wed 05
17:30 – Online
What’s love got to do with it? Law and Literature in 1920s British Somaliland
with Professor Katherine Baxter
Link to eventHow did literature shape British perceptions of the colonies in the interwar years? And what opportunities did literature provide for debating how the colonies should be governed? Organised by Northumbria University.

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20210505T19:00
Wed 05
19:00 – Online
Short Fiction
with Désirée Reynolds
Link to eventThis interactive talk is aimed at new writers who are thinking about writing short stories or flash fiction. Writer, editor, journalist and broadcaster Désirée Reynolds will talk you through how to approach writing for this genre and answer any questions you may have. Questions can also be submitted in advance, when booking. Organised by New Writing North.

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20210506T19:00
Thu 06
19:00 – Online
Diary of a Film
with Niven Govinden and Preti Taneja
Link to eventDiary of a Film (Hachette, 2021) is a novel about cinema, flâneurs, and queer love – it is about the sometimes troubled, sometimes ecstatic creative process, and the toll it takes on its makers. But it is also a novel about stories, and the ongoing question of who has the right to tell them. Organised by Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts.

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20210507T14:30
Fri 07
14:30 – Online
Agatha Christie a zest for life
with Ian McArdle
Link to eventDiscover the life of Agatha Christie, the world’s best-selling author of all time, known for her detective novels, plays and her famous detective sleuths Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Organised by Newcastle Libraries.

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20210511T17:30
Tue 11
17:30 – Online
From All Writers Matter to Zadie Smith (via Badgers) – a speedy A to Z of being a Black British children’s writer
with Patrice Lawrence
Link to eventIn 2019, Elizabeth Acevedo became the first writer of colour to win the UK’s CILIP Carnegie Medal in its 83-year history. When we walk into the children’s section of bookshops, we can easily spot books by Angie Thomas, Nic Stone, Jason Reynolds and Kalynn Bayron. So, what’s so tough about being a black writer? Let’s talk… Organised by Newcastle University Insights.

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20210512T17:30
Wed 12
17:30 – Online
Edward Lear in Transit
with Professor Matthew Bevis
Link to eventWhat—if anything—do Lear’s paintings and poems see in one another? And what sense (or nonsense) can be made from thinking about landscapes alongside limericks? Organised by Inventions of the Text.

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20210512T17:30
Wed 12
17:30 – Online
‘The Crisis of the Novel in Tristram Shandy and Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas’ and ‘TBC’
with Sandra Guardini Teixeira Vasconcelos and David O’Hanlon-Alexandra
Link to eventJoining details will be circulated via the Forum mailing list. Organised by The North East Forum in Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies.

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20210513T18:00
Thu 13
18:00 – The Word
An Audience
with with Linda Green
Link to eventJoin bestselling author Linda Green as she discusses her career as a writer and her novel The Last Thing She Told Me which was chosen as a Read Regional Title in 2020. Organised by The Word.

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20210513T19:00
Thu 13
19:00 – Online
Lean Fall Stand
with Jon McGregor and Rachel Hewitt
Link to eventAward-winning novelist Jon McGregor returns with a stunning novel that mesmerizingly and tenderly unpicks the notion of heroism and explores the indomitable human impulse to tell our stories – even when words fail us. A meditation on the line between sacrifice and selfishness this is a story of the undervalued, unrecognised courage it can take just to get through the day. Organised by Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts.

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20210513T19:00
Thu 13
19:00 – Online
Write a Crime Novel
with Jacob Ross
Link to eventThis workshop is aimed at writers who have begun working on their crime manuscript and are looking for ways to improve and revise it. This is an opportunity to have access to the experience and guidance of award-winning crime writer and editor Jacob Ross. Organised by New Writing North.

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20210514T12:00
Fri 14
12:00 – Online
Staff and Postgraduate Research Seminar
with Professor Rhiannon Purdie
Link to eventProfessor Purdie’s main research interests are in Older Scots literature, later Middle English literature, medieval romance, and textual editing. Organised by Durham University Department of English Studies.

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20210519T20:00
Wed 19
20:00 – Online
Fiction about Psychosis: Impact, ethics, effects
with Jasper Gibson and Jacqui Dillon
Link to eventWhat challenges do writers and readers of fiction face when it comes to stories about madness? Organised by Durham University Institute for Medical Humanities.

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20210520T17:00
Thu 20
17:00 – Online
Thinking about …. Literature in a Time of Migration
with Professor Josephine McDonagh and Professor Charlotte S. Sussman
Link to eventThe latest in a series of online events examining the Victorians at home and abroad, co-organised by the Birkbeck Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies and the Durham Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies. Organised by Durham University Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies.

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20210520T19:00
Thu 20
19:00 – Online
Screenwriting & Writing ‘Small Axe’
with Courttia Newland and Tina Gharavi
Link to eventCourttia Newland is an author, screenwriter, playwright, creative writing tutor and literary activist. As a screenwriter he has written episodes of Steve McQueen’s 2020 BBC series Small Axe: Lovers Rock and Red, White and Blue and is signed up to write a feature adaptation of Kei Miller’s novel Augustown (to be directed by Shabier Kirchner). Organised by Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts.

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20210527T18:00
Thu 27
18:00 – Online
The Golden Age of Detective Fiction
with Martin Edwards
Link to eventDetective fiction from the ‘Golden Age’ between the two world wars has enjoyed an astonishing renaissance in recent years, not just in Britain but across the world. Long forgotten books are selling more copies in reprint editions than when they were first published. What is more, a wide range of bestselling authors are writing novels which, in one way or another, build on the tropes and traditions of the Golden Age, often in highly inventive fashion. What lies behind this unexpected literary phenomenon? Organised by The Lit and Phil.

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