What’s On: North East Literature and Book Events in April 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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20190409T19:00

Tue 09
19:00 in Waterstones, WaterstonesNewcastle
An Evening in conversation with Laura Steven and Nadine Aisha Jassat!
Link to event We’re absolutely delighted to welcome the brilliant Laura Steven back to our store, author of The Exact Opposite of OK, and here to talk about her excellent new novel, A Girl Called Shameless. She will be in conversation with the superb Nadine Aisha Jassat, whose poetry book Let me tell you this’ has been described as a ‘punchy, powerful debut collection’. Organised by Waterstones.

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20190410T18:00

Wed 10
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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20190412T19:30

Fri 12
19:30 in Alington House, Alington HouseDurham
Colpitts Poetry
with S.J. Litherland, Diane Cockburn and Ian McKone
Link to event After a couple of years’ hiatus, Durham’s longest-running poetry night is back with two local award-winning writers, SJ Litherland and Diane Cockburn, and music by Ian McKone. Organised by Colpitts Poetry.

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20190413T10:00

Sat 13
10:00 in Waterstones, WaterstonesDurham
Crime Book Group
with Neil Broadfoot
Link to event Come and join us for a lively discussion of No Man’s Land with author Neil Broadfoot. Organised by Waterstones.

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20190418T16:30

Thu 18
16:30 in St Chad’s College, St Chad’s CollegeDurham
Third Thursday
with Rowan McCabe
Link to event This one is going to be a corker… Come along and juggle some words! Organised by PopUpPoetry.

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20190420T11:00

Sat 20
11:00 in Blackfriar’s Restaurant, Blackfriar’s RestaurantNewcastle
Etiquette at the twelfth-century dining table
with Dr Fiona Whelan
Link to event How different are we from those in the past? Or, how different do we think we are from those in the past? Medieval people were more ill-mannered, uncouth unhygienic than us – as novels, TV, and film would have us believe – but how much truth is there in this notion? This talk explores the etiquette around eating and drinking in medieval England, through the lens of the twelfth-century author named Daniel of Beccles. Organised by Durham University Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

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20190423T14:00

Tue 23
14:00 in The Word, The WordSouth Shields
An Audience with Nancy Revell
Link to event Nancy is the author of the Shipyard Girls series and will be here to discuss her novels and her career as a writer. There will also be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions. Organised by The Word.

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20190427T09:00

Sat 27
09:00 in Hatfield College, Hatfield CollegeDurham
The Return of the Author
Link to event A postgraduate conference which will include a ‘Translation in Conversation’ session with Catherine Dousteyssier-Khoze and Tina O’Donnell (Durham University), and two keynote lectures:

Ashley Harris (Queen’s Belfast), ‘The Return of the (Media) Author: Addressing New Expressions of Authorship in the Digital Age’

Delphine Grass (Lancaster University), ‘“This Author is not for Turning”: The Return of the Author beyond the Creative/Critical Divide’ Organised by Durham University Modern Languages and Cultures.

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20190427T11:00

Sat 27
11:00 in Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Queen’s Hall Arts CentreHexham
Lucy Mangan
Link to event In Bookworm, Lucy Mangham brings the favourite characters of our collective childhoods back to life and disinters a few forgotten treasures poignantly, wittily using them to tell her own story, that of a born, and unrepentant, bookworm. This is a personal history and celebration of children’s literature and a must for all book lovers. Organised by Hexham Book Festival.

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20190427T14:00

Sat 27
14:00 in City Library, City LibraryNewcastle
Agatha Christie – a Zest for Life
with Ian McArdle
Link to event Agatha Christie enjoyed a full and successful life but it was not without its periods of despair and bitter disappointment. This talk will examine some of the challenges she met with courage and humour and which led to her becoming the most widely read detective writer of all time. Organised by Newcastle Libraries.

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20190427T14:00

Sat 27
14:00 in Hexham Abbey, Hexham AbbeyHexham
The Redeemed
with Tim Pears
Link to event The final instalment in Pears’ West Country Trilogy, The Redeemed is a timeless, stirring and exquisitely wrought story of love, loss and destiny fulfilled, and a bittersweet elegy to a lost world. Organised by Hexham Book Festival.

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20190428T12:30

Sun 28
12:30 in Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Queen’s Hall Arts CentreHexham
The Valley at the Centre of the World
with Malachy Tallack
Link to event In The Valley at the Centre of the World a resilient and rooted community forged in thin soil and harsh weather comes face-to-face with the modern world. It’s a precisely crafted, vivid and tender work about the isolation of islanders, tradition, what is passed down and what is not. Organised by Hexham Book Festival.

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20190428T14:00

Sun 28
14:00 in Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Queen’s Hall Arts CentreHexham
Around the world in 80 words
with Paul Anthony Jones
Link to event In a whimsical round-the-world jaunt that takes him from the East Midlands to Bikini Atoll, Paul Anthony Jones reveals the hidden histories and global adventures that lie within the pages of our dictionaries. Organised by Hexham Book Festival.

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20190428T18:30

Sun 28
18:30 in Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Queen’s Hall Arts CentreHexham
Nine from the North: A Celebration of Women Poets
Link to event Join poet Linda France for an exciting ensemble evening of poetry with Anna Woodford, Anne Ryland, Christy Ducker, Cynthia Fuller, Ellen Phethean, Linda Anderson, Lisa Matthews and Pippa Little. Organised by Hexham Book Festival.

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20190430T17:30

Tue 30
17:30 in Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Curtis Auditorium, Herschel BuildingNewcastle
Fickling Lecture: Brain Surgery and Other Stories
with Henry Marsh
Link to event Doctors are both witnesses and participants in the stories of the lives of their patients. In recent years there has been an explosion in books written by doctors for the general public, and it is all about story-telling. But what makes for a good medical story when it is addressed to younger readers? Organised by Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books.

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