What’s On: North East Literature and Book Events in November 2020

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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 Durham, Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland, Teesside, Northumberland and surrounding areas.

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20201104T17:15

Wed 04
17:15 – Online
World Literature: Some Old and New Ideas
with Dr Sowon Park (University of California Santa Barbara)
Link to event In this talk, Dr Sowon Park asks whether world literature is actually more culturally diverse than national literature. She sketches the variety of ways in which world literature has taken shape this century and raises the neglected issue of script as a key factor that is preventing the existence of a more diverse world literary canon. Organised by Durham University Institute of Advanced Study.

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20201105T00:00

Thu 05
00:00 – Online
To the End of Things: Sound-Poems from Elizabeth Bishop’s House
with Martin Heslop and Helen Tookey
Link to event A sonic-poetic installation by sound artist Martin Heslop and poet Helen Tookey based on a dual residency undertaken in Elizabeth Bishop’s House on Nova Scotia in 2019. Organised by Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts.

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20201105T15:00

Thu 05
15:00 – Online
Nineteenth-Century Violences: A Research Conversation
Link to event You’re invited to join us for a research conversation, for scholars of all disciplines at any career stage, to think about different forms of violence in the nineteenth century. Three colleagues will share the ways they have conceptualised and researched violence in their own work, leading a conversation in which all attendees are invited to discuss how this is – or might be – a theme for their own project. Organised by Durham University Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies.

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20201106T13:00

Fri 06
13:00 – Online
Ageing and Gender in Beauvoir, Sartre and Alice Munro
with Dr Elizabeth Barry (Warwick)
Link to event A Literature and Medical Humanities seminar. Organised by Durham University Department of English Studies.

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20201107T11:00

Sat 07
Reconstructing Medieval Blackfriars
with Dr Michael Huxtable
Link to event Join Dr Michael Huxtable and colleagues from Durham University for a tour of medieval literature and other sources on the theme of Fantastic Feasts and Where to Find Them. Organised by Durham University Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

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20201109T18:00

Mon 09
18:00 – Online
Launch of Pasts at play: childhood encounters with history in British culture, 1750-1914
Link to event The Centre for Nineteenth Century Studies at Durham University is delighted to host the launch of Dr Rachel Bryant Davies and Dr Barbara Gribling’s edited collection Pasts at play: childhood encounters with history in British culture, 1750-1914 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2020) Organised by Durham University Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies.

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20201111T16:00

Wed 11
16:00 – Online
My Autobiography of Carson McCullers: An Online Reading and Discussion
with Jenn Shapland
Link to event Join Jenn Shapland, author of the National Book Award shortlisted, My Autobiography of Carson McCullers. Carson McCullers is one of America’s most beloved novelists, whose reputation took an unexpected turn with a chance discovery. Organised by Durham University Department of English Studies.

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20201111T17:30

Wed 11
17:30 – Online
An evening of prose and poetry
with Matthew Welton and Sam Riviere
Link to event Join us for an evening of prose and poetry at an Inventions of the Text 2020-2021 series seminar. Organised by Inventions of the Text.

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20201112T19:00

Thu 12
19:00 – Online
Helen Lewis
with Rachel Hewitt
Link to event Helen Lewis, author of Difficult Women: A History of Feminism in 11 Fights, appears in conversation with Rachel Hewitt. Organised by Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts.

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20201113T13:00

Fri 13
13:00 – Online
The Crisis of the Future
with Prof. Benjamin Noys (Chichester)
Link to event A Future Theory research seminar. Organised by Durham University Department of English Studies.

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20201119T19:00

Thu 19
19:00 – Online
Sound and Sense
with Fiona Bennett
Link to event This workshop will offer a creative exploration of the sonic force of poetry. Through playful exercises and experiments we will explore how the lived experience of the poem is embodied through sound. Organised by Pop Up Poetry.

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20201119T19:00

Thu 19
19:00 – Online
Abi Daré
with Sinéad Morrissey
Link to event Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2020 by The New York Times, Abi Daré’s The Girl with the Louding Voice is about fourteen-year-old Adunni, the only daughter of a broke father, and a valuable commodity. Organised by Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts.

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20201120T13:00

Fri 20
13:00 – Online
On Resonance: Stoner and Theory
with Rita Felski
Link to event A 20th / 21st Century Research Seminar. Organised by Durham University Department of English Studies.

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20201122T10:00

Sun 22
10:00 – Online
A Winter Gathering
Link to event Come and join fabulous poets and creative facilitators for a celebration of words and friends, storing up some warmth to get us through the darker days… Organised by Pop Up Poetry.

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20201124T17:30

Tue 24
17:30 – Online
Poetry that ‘will live and do good’. Reimagining Wordsworth
with Jeff Cowton
Link to event So wrote Wordsworth from Dove Cottage in 1804, expressing his hopes for the work to which he was devoting his life; teaching people ‘to see, to think and feel’. This lecture will explore how the Wordsworth Trust, custodians of the poet’s house and manuscripts, works with different partners and audiences, seeking to fulfil Wordsworth’s hopes. Organised by Newcastle University Insights.

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20201126T19:00

Thu 26
19:00 – Online
PBS Autumn/Winter Showcase
with David Morley and Fred D’Aguiar
Link to event In association with the Poetry Book Society, NCLA presents a special poetry reading by David Morley, author of FURY (Carcanet, 2020), and Fred D’Aguiar, whose Letters to America (Carcanet, 2020) is the PBS Winter choice. Organised by Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts.

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