North East English Literature Events in September 2017


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Love books and all things literary? Live in or visit the North East? Our monthly listing keeps you in the know about literature and book chat, lectures, readings and discussions taking place across the North East, in Durham, Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland, Teesside and beyond. If you are organising a literature-related event that should be added, let us know.


20170902T17:00

Sat 02
17:00 in Lipman Building, University of Northumbria, Lipman Building, University of NorthumbriaNewcastle
‘Trans’: Representing the Transgender Body on Screen, with Jack (Judith) Halberstam
Link to event Jack Halberstam is Professor of English and Gender Studies at Columbia University, and one of the most relevant scholars in queer theory, visual studies, and popular culture. This event is organised by Queer Screens Conference 2017..

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20170905T17:30

Tue 05
17:30 in Waterstones, WaterstonesDurham
Philip Pullman Reading Group
Link to event To celebrate the release of ‘The Book of Dust – Vol.1’ on 19th October, a very special book group to discuss Philip Pullman’s wonderful ‘Northern Lights’. All welcome! This event is organised by Waterstones Durham.

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20170906T17:30

Wed 06
17:30 in Alington House, Alington HouseDurham
Tics in the Theatre: The ‘Quiet Audience’ and the Neurodivergent Spectator, with Hannah Simpson
Link to event Do you get annoyed when people rustle their crisp packets or check their mobile phones in the theatre? If so you’re probably not alone – but you might be surprised to learn that the convention that audiences should be quiet and not fidget is a relatively new one. A noisy audience is more than welcome to our next Late Summer Lecture. This event is organised by Late Summer Lectures.

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20170907T14:00

Thu 07
14:00 in City Library, City LibraryNewcastle
Thomas Bewick: Beliefs and Vignettes, with Peter Osborne
Link to event We know that Thomas Bewick had strong beliefs because he expressed them forcibly in his books, letters and conversation. The lecture explores this and shows how the writings that influenced him are closely reflected in his work, especially in the vignettes. Popular lecturer Peter Osborne returns to investigate another instersting facet of Bewick’s life. This event is organised by Newcastle Libraries.

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20170907T18:00

Thu 07
18:00 in Mining Institute, Mining InstituteNewcastle
Conflict and Commemoration from 1880-1939, with Ann-Marie Foster and Rowan Thompson
Link to event Each night of this Series features two or three talks from PhD students from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds on a central theme. There will be plenty of time to ask questions and discuss some of the innovative research being carried out by PhD students at Northumbria This event is organised by Northumbria Summer Speaker Series.

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20170908T09:00

Fri 08
09:00 in St John’s College, St John’s CollegeDurham
Neo-Victorian Decadences
Link to event This two-day academic conference aims to refocus Neo-Victorian studies by considering reinterpretations and representations of nineteenth-century decadence in works from the Interwar period to the present day. This event is organised by Durham University Department of English Studies.

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20170913T17:30

Wed 13
17:30 in Alington House, Alington HouseDurham
Changing Entertainment: The Magic Lantern and the Nineteenth Century, with Phillip Roberts
Link to event Experience an original (working) 1821 Phantasmagoria Lantern, and discover how this device transformed entertainment in the nineteenth century, at this free public lecture. This event is organised by Late Summer Lecture Series.

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20170913T12:30

Wed 13
12:30 in Armstrong Building, Armstrong BuildingNewcastle
Anonymity
Link to event An ambivalent relationship to anonymity has been part of Western culture throughout history. This 3-day conference seeks to explore its significance in a variety of contexts. This event is organised by Newcastle University.

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20170913T18:00

Wed 13
18:00 in City Library, City LibraryNewcastle
Martin Luther King in Newcastle: The African American Freedom Struggle and Race Relations in the North East of England, with Brian Ward
Link to event Join Brian Ward for the launch of his new book, which tells the inside story of King’s visit. It explains why he was invited, describes the events of the day itself, and investigates why King flew across the Atlantic to spend less than eleven hours in a city that he knew little about in the midst of his brutal work schedule and at a time of enormous professional strain and personal doubt. This event is organised by Newcastle Libraries.

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20170919T18:00

Tue 19
18:00 in Empty Shop HQ, Empty Shop HQDurham
Empty Pages Read: Half a Creature from the Sea, by David Almond
Link to event To help celebrate the Durham Book Festival this October we will be reading and discussing the festival’s Big Read book: Half a Creature from the Sea by North East writer David Almond.

‘David Almond’s Half a Creature from the Sea is a stunning collection of short stories inspired by his Tyneside childhood. These eight moving and mystical tales will allow you to imagine the North East as never before.’ This event is organised by Empty Shop.

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20170920T17:30

Wed 20
17:30 in Alington House, Alington HouseDurham
Life, Death and the Victorians, with Claire Horton and Asha Hornsby
Link to event Join a panel of speakers to discover how developments in Victorian science influenced novel writing, in this free public event. This event is organised by Late Summer Lecture Series.

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20170927T17:30

Wed 27
17:30 in Alington House, Alington HouseDurham
Apocalypse or Utopia: What Comes Next, with David Cross-Kane and Sarah Lohmann
Link to event What can fiction tell us about where our planet and civilisation is heading? Discuss with a panel of speakers at this free public event. This event is organised by Late Summer Lecture Series.

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20170927T19:00

Wed 27
19:00 in Ushaw College, Ushaw CollegeDurham
Poetry Evening at Ushaw, with Stephen Regan
Link to event Professor Stephen Regan and his friends will be returning to Ushaw for another evening of magnificent prose and expertly selected poetry. Another relaxing evening of culture at Ushaw.
This event is organised by Ushaw College and Centre for Poetry and Poetics.

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20170928T19:45

Thu 28
19:45 in Northern Stage, Northern StageNewcastle
Great Northern Slam
Link to event Sixteen of the best slam poets in the North have 3 minutes each to wow the audience with words and delivery and then you the audience vote and in each round we eliminate poets until only two are left to battle it out for the prize, pride and the glory of becoming Great Northern Slam Champion. This event is organised by Northern Stage.

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20170928T19:15

Thu 28
19:15 in Percy Building, Percy BuildingNewcastle
National Poetry Day: NCLA and Northumbria Police Project Pamphlet Launch, with Peter Hebden, Kris Johnson and Phyllis Christopher
Link to event This creative project between Northumbria Police and NCLA began in 2015 when Christy Ducker became poet-in-residence at the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner. Following Christy’s residency, poets Kris Johnson and Peter Hebden and photographer Phyllis Christopher have been working with police-in training to produce a new pamphlet of poems and photography. Their work focuses on the theme of transformation while considering the changing nature of crime and policing, the process of becoming a police officer, and public perception of the police. Do come along and celebrate the launch of this new pamphlet. This event is organised by Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts.

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