What’s On: North East Literature and Book Events in June 2019

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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 taking place across the North East, in Durham, Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland, Teesside and beyond.

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20190604T15:00

Tue 04
15:00 in Hallgarth House, Hallgarth HouseDurham
Postgraduate Researchers Snack and Share
Link to event An opportunity for postgraduate researchers in or related to English to share their research, hosted by the Modern and Contemporary Literature Network. Organised by Modern and Contemporary Literature Network.

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20190606T16:00

Thu 06
16:00 in St Aidan’s College, St Aidan’s CollegeDurham
Disorderly Eating in Contemporary Women’s Writing
with Professor Judith Still
Link to event I shall dip into a range of Anglophone and Francophone women’s writing to suggest that bingeing and self-starvation, and the relationship to fat and flesh in or on the body, relate not only to individual disorder but to the socio-political generation of the disorderly. Organised by Durham University Modern Languages and Cultures.

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20190607T09:00

Fri 07
09:00 in St Chad’s College, St Chad’s CollegeDurham
Elena Ferrante in a Global Context
Link to event The global success of Elena Ferrante’s so-called Neapolitan Novels has firmly established the author as one of the most powerful voices of contemporary World Literature. Ferrante’s Neapolitan quartet interweaves an imaginary that is profoundly rooted in Italian – or more specifically Neapolitan – culture with some of the emergent topics and issues of globalisation as her female protagonists negotiate the tensions emerging between local identity and national and transnational belonging. Organised by Durham University Modern Languages and Cultures.

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20190607T18:00

Fri 07
18:00 in Peoples Bookshop, Peoples BookshopDurham
People’s Poetry is broken
Link to event ‘People’s Poetry is broken’ is a spoken-word open-mic night. It is open to anyone who wishes to speak, rant or lead us on a merry dance. Organised by is_broken.

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20190608T09:00

Sat 08 to Sat 22
in Various venues, Various venues
Crossing the Tees
with various authors
Link to event The Crossing the Tees Book Festival is back for 2019! The library services for Stockton, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Redcar & Cleveland and Darlington are thrilled to once again present the Book Festival for the Tees Valley. As always, there will be something for everyone to get involved with, including plenty of talks, workshops and exciting events. Organised by .

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20190610T17:45

Mon 10
17:45 in City Library, City LibraryNewcastle
What falls between the cracks
with Robert Scragg
Link to event Meet the author who impressed the judges at last year’s Theakston’s Crime Festival in the Dragons’ Pen. Organised by Newcastle Libraries.

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20190611T14:30

Tue 11
14:30 in City Library, City LibraryNewcastle
Thomas Bewick’s Books
with Peter Quinn
Link to event Sitting for his portrait in 1815 Thomas Bewick (1753-1828) is shown with books at his elbow. A self-published author, illustrator and reader, books are key to understanding the achievement and importance of Newcastle’s finest artist. Organised by Newcastle Libraries.

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20190611T18:30

Tue 11
18:30 in World Heritage Site Visitor Centre, World Heritage Site Visitor CentreDurham
SPEAK Presents an Evening Salon of Poetry
with Karl O’Hanlon and Rebecca Tamás
Link to event The first free event of a new occasional poetry salon, based between Durham and York. Organised by SPEAK.

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20190612T17:30

Wed 12
17:30 in Hallgarth House, Hallgarth HouseDurham
James Melville and Ester Inglis
with Dr Jamie Reid-Baxter
Link to event Glasgow University’s Dr Jamie Reid-Baxter promises to deliver a Franco-Scottish tour de force on the poetic spirituality of Rev. James Melville and Esther Inglis. Organised by Inventions of the Text.

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20190613T14:00

Thu 13
14:00 in Community Centre, Community CentreLanchester
Words from the breath poetry readings
Link to event Read over afternoon tea, Durham & Derwentside Breathe Easy support group will showcase their poetry, created with Catch Your Breath Writer-in-Residence Christy Ducker, to express their lived experience of breathlessness. Christy will read her work inspired by the Catch Your Breath exhibition, as well as her interactions with aware breathers and those experiencing breathlessness. Christy and filmmaker Kate Sweeney will also present two short films on which they’ve collaborated, focusing on the politics of breathlessness. Organised by Life of Breath.

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20190619T17:30

Wed 19
17:30 in St Aidan’s College, St Aidan’s CollegeDurham
The Banipal Visiting Writer Fellowship Annual Lecture
with Nouri Al-Jarrah and Linda France
Link to event Syrian Poet Nouri Al-Jarrah, and English poet Linda France, will read a selection of their poems (In Arabic and English). All welcome. Organised by St Aidan’s College.

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20190620T18:00

Thu 20
18:00 in Lit and Phil, Lit and PhilNewcastle
George Orwell’s 1984
with D.J. Taylor
Link to event D.J. Taylor discusses his latest project: a biography of George Orwell’s 1984. Organised by The Lit and Phil.

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20190620T19:00

Thu 20
19:00 in St Chad’s College, St Chad’s CollegeDurham
Word extravaganza
with Richard Meier
Link to event Join us for a celebration of words and ideas with poet Richard Meier: a reading and an opportunity to juggle some words of your own if you wish. This will be a celebration of PopUpPoetry Durham’s first year, with wine, soft drinks and cheese. Organised by PopUpPoetry.

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20190621T09:00

Fri 21 to Sun 30
in Various venues, Various venues
Derwent Valley Literary Festival
with various authors
Link to event The Derwent Valley Literary Festival will be a celebration not just of books, but words in all of their glorious forms and will feature an eclectic mix of local authors, poets and playwrights who will all do their very best to dazzle you. Organised by Derwent Valley Literary Festival.

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20190621T09:30

Fri 21
09:30 in Caedmon Building, Caedmon BuildingDurham
Experience and the Past: Access, Value and Retrospection through Pre-modern Narratives
Link to event Experience and the Past is the third in our series on the theme of researching experience. The workshop explores the possibilities that taking a long historical perspective can open up for medical humanities research. Organised by Life of Breath.

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20190621T12:00

Fri 21
12:00 in Pemberton Building, Pemberton BuildingDurham
Classical Encounters
Link to event ‘Classical Encounters: Receptions of antiquity in the long nineteenth century’ will bring together scholars from a broad range of disciplines to explore encounters with the ancient world in nineteenth-century visual, material, literary and political culture and the implications of these encounters on discourses such as nationhood, colonialism, race, religion, gender, sexuality and death. A roundtable will offer interdisciplinary interventions on classical receptions to discuss the future(s) of reception studies. Organised by Durham Centre for Classical Reception.

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20190621T19:00

Fri 21
19:00 in Stockton Central Library, Stockton Central LibraryStockton
Door-to-Door Poetry
with Rowan McCabe
Link to event What do you think would happen if you knocked on a stranger’s door and offered to write them a poem? Rowan McCabe is the world’s first Door-to-Door Poet. Through a funny and thought-provoking mix of spoken word and theatre, find out about his adventure around the North East of England, from his visit to a council estate in Stockton, to his appearance on BBC Breakfast. Organised by Crossing the Tees.

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20190624T19:30

Mon 24
19:30 in Ushaw College, Ushaw CollegeDurham
A New Song
with Michael Symmons Roberts
Link to event Come hear professor and poet Michael Symmons Roberts read from his award-winning poetry at Ushaw College’s stunning and historic Exhibition Hall! Symmons Roberts is a multi-award winning poet (Forward Prize, Costa Prize, Whitbread Award, Griffin Prize, and shortlisted 4 times for the T.S. Eliot Prize). His whose work crosses genres – from fiction to non-fiction, poetry, libretto to BBC dramas and documentaries. Organised by Durham University Centre for Catholic Studies.

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20190625T12:00

Tue 25
12:00 in College of St Hild and St Bede, College of St Hild and St BedeDurham
The Body & the Built Environment in the Long Nineteenth Century
Link to event This symposium explores how the shifting relationship between the body and the built environment was interrogated in literature and culture of the long nineteenth century. The symposium aims to stimulate academic discussion on a range of topics relating to embodiment and architectural space in the period ranging from 1750-1920. Organised by Durham University Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies.

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20190627T13:30

Thu 27
13:30 in Rowlands Gill Library, Rowlands Gill LibraryNewcastle
A Talk on Virginia Woolf
with Frederick Lewis
Link to event Join Frederick Lewis for a scintillating talk on the life of Virginia Woolf. Now based in Hamsterley Colliery, Frederick Lewis is perhaps best known for his bibliographical work on Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield, and Rosamond Lehmann. Organised by Derwent Valley Literary Festival.

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20190629T10:00

Sat 29
10:00 in Waterstones, WaterstonesDurham
Crime Book Group
with M.W. Craven
Link to event Join us for a lively discussion of Black Summer – Washington Poe with the author M.W. Craven. Organised by Waterstones.

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20190629T11:00

Sat 29
11:00 in Waterstones, WaterstonesDurham
Saltwater
with Jessica Andrews
Link to event Come and meet the author of this incredible coming of age story. Organised by Waterstones.

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