North East English Literature Events in April 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.


Sat 01

10:30 in Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle

Michael Morpurgo and David Almond

Join two of the biggest names in children’s literature as they come together at Tyneside Cinema for an event exclusive to Seven Stories. David Almond and Michael Morpurgo will be in conversation talking about adaptations and what it is like for an author to adapt their work for plays, film and television. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions and find more about their creative process. This event is organised by Seven Stories.

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Wed 05

16:00 in Boardroom 1, Sutherland Building, Newcastle

Newspapers, Spectatorship and the Coronation of George III, with Professor Paul Goring (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

Part of the ‘After New Historicism’ seminar series. This event is organised by Northumbria Long-Eighteenth Century Rsearch Group.

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Tue 18

19:00 in Pop Recs, Sunderland

Poems of Anxiety & Uncertainty: confronting and coping with uncharted terrains through poetry

Part of our objective here is to get people talking about poetry; sharing different kinds of poems and discussing the medium collaboratively.

Everyone will have the opportunity to introduce a poem for discussion; explain how it relates to the theme and how you reacted to it.

A few things to think about:
1) Can poetry help us navigate difficult moments?
2) Poetry as care and catharsis?
3) Are poems a way of sharing the things we can’t share in conversation? This event is organised by Margins: The Co-operative Bookshop.

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Sat 22

14:00 in The Word, Sunderland

A War Poet Who Never Went to War, with Rob Barnes

Cicely Fox Smith was born in 1882, in the village of Lymm, between Warrington and Altrincham in Cheshire. In 1911, she travelled to British Columbia and it was there that she spent all her spare time soaking up the lives of those who worked at sea, learning about ships and all related maritime activity. This world would soon dominate her poetry and because of her in-depth knowledge, people assumed she was a man, signing her work C Fox Smith. Celebrate the life and written words of English poet Cicely Fox Smith, at this enlightening presentation by Rob Barnes and friends. Feel that you’re a part of her personal experiences with those involved in World War 1, on land and at sea, through her evocative and emotional words, in this multimedia tribute to a poet for everyman. This event is organised by The Word.

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Mon 24

18:00 in Lit and Phil, Newcastle

Newcastle Noir Fringe

The North East’s only book festival devoted exclusively to crime brings together bestselling crime writers and the new ones to watch. The line-up has always been international and this year we welcome authors from Germany for the first time. This event is organised by Newcastle Noir.

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Tue 25

16:00 in Elvet Riverside 145, Durham

Haunted Houses, with Professor Ann Davies (Stirling)

Ann Davies has published widely on contemporary Spanish cinema, with an emphasis on landscape, genre, on Basque cinema and on gender and sexualities. This event is organised by Durham University Ecologies and the Arts Research Group.

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Wed 26

17:30 in Seminar Room, Hallgarth House, Durham

Literature and Philosophy, with Dr Elizabeth McKinnell (Durham University)

An Inventions of the Text seminar. This event is organised by Durham University Department of English Studies.

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Wed 26

19:00 in Francis Thompson Room, Ushaw College, Durham

The First World War Poets, with Professor Stephen Regan and friends

A poetry reading in collaboration with Durham’s Centre for Poetry and Poetics and the Friends of Ushaw College. This event is organised by Centre for Poetry and Poetics and the Friends of Ushaw College.

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Thu 27

19:15 in Culture Lab, Newcastle University, Newcastle

Shelley Day and Alison MacLeod

Shelley Day will read from and talk about her debut novel, The Confession of Stella Moon (Contraband, 2016), a psychological noir story set in Newcastle in the 60s and 70s. The novel was drafted during her MA in Creative Writing at Newcastle University. It won the Andrea Badenoch prize and was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize. Shelley is currently working on a sequel, and has a collection of short stories coming out in 2017.

Alison MacLeod’s most recent novel, Unexploded, was longlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize and was one of The Observer’s ‘Books of the Year’. Her work has been nominated for The BBC National Short Story Award and The Sunday Times EFG International Short Story Award. In 2016 she won The Eccles British Library Writer’s Award. Alison will read from all the beloved ghosts (Bloomsbury, March 2017) and will explore the strange relations between fact, fiction and the imagined life. This event is organised by Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts.

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Fri 28

19:00 in Lit and Phil, Newcastle

Newcastle Noir

The North East’s only book festival devoted exclusively to crime brings together bestselling crime writers and the new ones to watch. The line-up has always been international and this year we welcome authors from Germany for the first time. This event is organised by Newcastle Noir. This event is organised by Newcastle Noir.

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Sat 29

16:00 in Beaumont Hotel, Hexham

Love of Country: A Hebridean Journey, with Madeleine Bunting

How does a chain of remote islands on the fringes of Britain hold the hearts and imaginations of so many writers, mystics and artists, and how has it come to shape our nation? This affectionate exploration by one of the country’s leading nature writers examines the rich culture, landscape and history of a fiercely independent people, their language and their resistance against the tide of modern life. This event is organised by Hexham Book Festival.

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Sun 30

17:00 in The Great Hall, Hexham Abbey, Hexham

Beyond the Northlands – Viking Sagas and the Old Norse Legends, with Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough

Journey across plain and fjord in the footsteps of those pre-hipster beardies, the Vikings. In the dying days of the eighth century, the Vikings took the ancient world by storm, but they were so much more than terrifying warriors. They spread their gift for storytelling, their elaborate and intricate artifacts and a penchant for monsters. Combining photography, exploration and archaeology, this will make you experience and re-imagine the mythic world of the Norsemen. This event is organised by Hexham Book Festival.

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