Rebecca Bradburn, left, with Elizabeth Hammill and Jaime Chapman at the Lit & Phil

North East young writers rewarded for excellence in poetry and prose

The winners of the Lit & Phil's Young Writers' Awards were announced by Seven Stories co-founder Elizabeth Hammill

Paul Chamberlain’s free concert will put the accordion in a whole new light

Paul Chamberlain, one of few classical accordionists in the UK, is to give a free concert in Newcastle as David Whetstone finds out

Northumberlandia near Cramlington

All in a day's work? Why it takes much longer to take in 100 great reasons

Graeme Whitfield is never one to shirk a challenge. Here he tries to complete all 100 great reasons – in a day

Alexander Armstrong at The Literary and Philosophical Society in Newcastle

Newcastle's Lit & Phil stages open day

A building still serving the purpose for which it was built 200 years ago is throwing open its doors

Sir Joseph Swan in his younger days

Descendants of North East inventor Joseph Swan gather for centenary

Descendants of light bulb inventor Joseph Swan have been in the region to pay tribute on his centenary

Singer songwriter Tom Hickox will play the Lit and Phil on Thursday 15/05

Tom Hickox has a date with the Lit and Phil

The up-and-coming singer singwriter returns to Newcastle for a special date in support of his debut album, War, Peace and Diplomacy

The Lit & Phil, Newcastle

Crime writing festival to take place in Newcastle this weekend

A crime fiction special welcomes authors from Iceland and Arctic to compare notes at the Lit & Phil in Newcastle this weekend

Sue Hedworth, from Ovington, who has written a play about Charles Avison

Play about Charles Avison takes to the stage in Gateshead

A first play about Charles Avison is set to introduce more people to the life and work of a notable composer and Geordie as David Whetstone reports

Andrew Guest with his Signs of the Times exhibition at the Lit & Phil

Sign of the Times exhibition puts headlines on a plate at Lit & Phil

Ceramics and words combine in Andrew Guest's new exhibition Sign of the Times at the Lit & Phil in Newcastle

Poet, performer and Journal columnist Kate Fox

Newcastle's 'mini books festival' gets underway

Authors are gathering in Newcastle this week for Books on Tyne which is being held at the Lit & Phil and the City Library

Theresa Easton at the Lit & Phil in Newcastle

Newcastle exhibition commemorates Baghdad bombing

Work by artists from around the world forms an exhibition commemorating an atrocity. David Whetstone talks to North East contributor Theresa Easton

Sean O’Brien, Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University

Steering course around world of a storyteller

The world viewed through a storyteller’s eyes is the latest app offer on the market, as David Whetstone reports

The Postcard: A Voyage of Discovery exhibition at the Lit & Phil

The Postcard exhibition delivering happiness in Newcastle

Cheaper than a letter and with less space to fill, the postcard filled mail bags for generations. David Whetstone looks at an exhibition in its honour

Sue Hedworth, from Ovington who is putting on a concert of her brother's music

Evocative tribute to a Lakes inspired composer

Susan Hedworth sits at the piano in her cottage at Ovington, Northumberland, and memories of her brother come flooding back

Richard T Kelly

North-East thrust into limelight

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A BOOK described by one writer and critic as “the great British novel of the decade” is to be published in January – and it is set firmly in the North-East.

Moving account of times gone by

ONE of an old man’s last wishes is granted with the publication today of a charming Tyneside memoir – and another’s nagging conscience is silenced.

Accidental writer blooms

A LOVE of the outdoors has been captured in book form by a 33-year-old who is the youngest person to edit a Faber anthology.

Trio of crime writers reap their rewards

THE winners of the Criminal Shorts story competition were announced at an awards evening at Newcastle’s Literary & Philosophical Society.

Pupils learn the horror of slavery

Primary school children are marking the bicentenary of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade with a series of poetry and music events, as Sheree Mack tells Tamzin Lewis.

We are ready to be judged

Rule-breaking theatre company Threeovereden are going against the grain with a Henrik Ibsen double-hander.


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