What’s On: North East Literature and Book Events in August 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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20190801T14:00

Thu 01
14:00 in City Library, City LibraryNewcastle
Writing: Making Your Mark
with Adrian Edwards
Link to event British Library curator Adrian Edwards considers the background to the Writing exhibition in London and explores a dozen of his favourite objects, ranging from ancient Maya glyphs carved in stone, to the handwritten notes of Florence Nightingale and a people’s petition from Bengal. He also considers what the future might hold for this amazing 5000-year-old invention. Organised by Newcastle Libraries.

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20190805T09:00

Mon 05 to 06
09:00 in Josephine Butler College, Josephine Butler CollegeDurham
Consent: Histories, Representations, and Frameworks for the Future
Link to event A two-day conference that brings together academics, experts, and activists from across the UK and around the world who work on and campaign for issues and ideas surrounding consent. Organised by Durham University Department of English Studies.

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20190805T11:00

Mon 05 to 07
11:00 in Discovery Museum, Discovery MuseumNewcastle
Must-see Stories
with Zoe Murtagh
Link to event Work with actor, writer and spoken word artist Tracy Gillman along with group leader Zoe Murtagh, to pull out and create must-see stories inspired by the collections. Organised by New Writing North.

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20190807T11:00

Wed 07 to 09
11:00 in The Word, The WordSouth Shields
Pick and Mix
Link to event Come along to The Word to our ‘Pick ‘n’ Mix’ Summer School, where we’ll be programming a jam-packed line-up of creative writing sessions to spark your imagination. Organised by New Writing North.

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20190810T10:00

Sat 10
10.00, in Waterstones, Durham
Crime Book Group
with Douglas Skelton and Denzil Meyrick
Link to event A discussion of award-winning crime fiction, with two authors. Organised by Waterstones.

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20190813T19:00

Tue 13
19:00 in Waterstones, WaterstonesNewcastle
An evening with Bethany Rutter
Link to event Join journalist and blogger Bethany Rutter, as she tells us all about her debut novel No Big Deal, which explores how being your true self in modern society can be a real struggle. Organised by Waterstones.

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20190814T17:30

Weds 14
17.30, in Alington House, Durham
Then Egil Became Sad: Wandering Across Scandinavia in Egils Saga
with Kate Marlow
Link to event Late Summer Lectures is back for 2019! Come along to the first of our new series of public talks, giving you an insight into a range of literary topics. Free and open to all, from members of the public to schools to academics. Organised by Late Summer Lectures.

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20190816T18:30

Fri 16
18:30 in Artisan, ArtisanNewcastle
In Conversation with David Nicholls
Link to event It’s ten years since David Nicholls’s novel One Day became an international publishing phenomenon and the iconic love story for a generation. It’s five years since the journey of Us took him to the Man Booker Prize long list. He is coming to The Biscuit Factory to talk about his latest novel, Sweet Sorrows! Organised by Forum Books and The Biscuit Factory.

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20190820T19:30

Tue 20
19:30 in Lit and Phil, Lit and PhilNewcastle
Debbie Taylor & Angela Mayer In Conversation
Link to event Editorial Director of Mslexia Debbie Taylor and writer Angela Meyer will be ‘in conversation’ to discuss Angela’s new novel, A Superior Spectre, and her award-winning novella, Joan Smokes. Organised by The Lit and Phil.

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20190801T14:00

Wed 21
17.30, in Alington House, Durham
Time and Place: Bakhtin and Shakespeare
with Helen Clifford
Link to event Late Summer Lectures is back for 2019! Come along to the second of our series of public talks, giving you an insight into a range of literary topics. Free and open to all, from members of the public to schools to academics. Organised by Late Summer Lectures.

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20190827T15:00

Tue 27
15:00 in Crook Hall, Crook HallDurham
Writing Realistic Characters
with Florianne Humphrey
Link to event For complete beginners to wannabe writers who’ve already penned their own pieces, this workshop with writer Florianne Humphrey will help you learn new writing skills, share ideas, meet like-minded people, and fully appreciate the importance of creating realistic characters. Organised by .

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20190829T19:00

Thu 29
19:00 in Middlesbrough Libraries, Middlesbrough LibrariesMiddlesbrough
The Book of Science and Antiquities
with Thomas Keneally
Link to event Live streamed from the British Library. On a rare visit to Britain Thomas Keneally, author of the Booker Prize Winning Schindler’s Ark talks about his new work “The Book of Science and Antiquities”, a bold, millennia-spanning novel about what it means to be human. Organised by Middlesbrough Libraries.

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