What’s On: North East Literature and Book Events in February 2021

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

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20210203T17:30
Wed 03
17:30 – Online
Matthew Sperling Reading
Link to eventMatthew Sperling is the author of two novels: Viral (2020), and Astroturf (2018), which was longlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize. “Both a satire on the social media age and a fast-paced suspense novel, Viral is a nimble commentary on power and control, the lengths people will go to acquire both, and what is at stake when personality and sex are tradable commodities.” Organised by Inventions of the Text.

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20210204T10:00
Thu 04
10:00 – Online
Decolonising the Nineteenth Century
with Deana Heath, Philip Burnett, Roisin Laing
Link to event Organised by Durham University Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies.

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20210204T19:00
Thu 04
19:00 – Online
Tom Stoppard: A Life
with Hermione Lee and Rachel Hewitt
Link to eventThe key book for all time on Tom Stoppard: the biography of our greatest living playwright, by one of the leading literary biographers in the English-speaking world, a star in her own right, Hermione Lee. Organised by Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts.

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20210205T14:00
Fri 05
14:00 – Online
Billy-Ray Belcourt’s Loneliness as the Affective Life of Settler Colonialism
with Ann Cvetkovich,
Link to eventThis talk explores loneliness as the affective life of settler colonialism in queer Indigenous (Cree) writer Billy Ray Belcourt’s two volumes of poetry This Wound Is a World and NDN Coping Mechanisms. It focuses on how Belcourt draws on queer affect theory and critical race theory in the work of scholars such as Jose Munoz, Leo Bersani, Lauren Berlant, Ann Cvetkovich, Saidiya Hartman, and Christina Sharpe – as he explores the relation between sex and death, and between cruising cultures and the ongoing genocide of Indigenous peoples. And it argues that Belcourt’s innovative fusion of poetry and theory provide new genres for racialized understandings of loneliness and other structures of feeling. Organised by Durham University Department of English Studies.

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20210210T17:30
Wed 10
17:30 – Online
“Mortal fear and the work of dying in Elizabeth Delaval’s ‘Memoirs and Meditations'” and “Shopping in Romantic-Period England”
with Daisy Winter and Nicola Wigmore
Link to eventAll are welcome, so please come along! Organised by The North East Forum in Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies.

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20210211T17:30
Thu 11
17:30 – Online
LGBT+ History Month Lecture: Is the gay novel dead?
with Paul Burston
Link to eventNovelist Alan Hollinghurst declared that ‘the gay novel has had its day’. Nothing could be further from the truth. The political context may have changed, but the need to tell our stories is as strong as ever. Paul Burston is the author of six novels and curator and host of award-winning LGBTQ+ literary salon Polari at the Southbank Centre. Organised by Newcastle University Insights.

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20210211T18:00
Thu 11
18:00 – Online
An Audience with Trevor Wood
Link to eventA part of the ‘South Tyneside Libraries in Conversation with the Northern Crime Syndicate’ series. Organised by The Word.

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20210211T19:00
Thu 11
19:00 – Online
Wanderers: A History of Women Walking
with Kerri Andrews and Joanna Taylor
Link to eventWanderers: A History of Women Walking (Reaktion Books Ltd., 2020) is a book about ten women over the past three hundred years who have found walking essential to their sense of themselves, as people and as writers. Organised by Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts.

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20210212T13:00
Fri 12
13:00 – Online
Future Theory Seminar
Link to eventA Future Theory research seminar. Organised by Durham University Department of English Studies.

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20210218T19:00
Thu 18
19:00 – Online
Islands of Abandonment: Life in the Post-Human Landscape
with Cal Flyn and Ella Mershon
Link to eventIslands of Abandonment: Life in the Post-Human Landscape (William Collins, 2021) is a book about abandoned places: ghost towns and exclusion zones, no man’s lands and fortress islands – and what happens when nature is allowed to reclaim its place. Organised by Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts.

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20210225T18:00
Thu 25
18:00 – Online
An Audience with Robert Scragg
Link to eventA part of the ‘South Tyneside Libraries in Conversation with the Northern Crime Syndicate’ series. Organised by The Word.

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20210225T19:00
Thu 25
19:00 – Online
A Natural History of Ghosts
with Roger Clarke and Rachel Hewitt
Link to eventA Natural History of Ghosts (Penguin, 2012) is the first comprehensive, authoritative and readable history of the evolution of the ghost in the west, examining the behaviour of the subject in its preferred environment: the stories we tell each other. What explains sightings of ghosts? Why do they fascinate us? What exactly did the haunted see? What did they believe? And what proof is there? Organised by Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts.

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20210226T13:00
Fri 26
13:00 – Online
Digging up the Past: Contested Territories and Women Archaeologists in Eighteenth-Century Britain and Ireland
with Dr Maddy Pelling
Link to eventAn Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century research seminar. Open to Durham University community only. Organised by Durham University Department of English Studies.

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