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Ten things not to miss in the North East in July, including Annie, John Cooper Clarke and SIRF

Whether the sun gets its hat on or not, there's loads to see on stages all over Tyneside and beyond. SummerTyne, Pride and Joy Atlas are just some

Culture Awards Writer of the Year nominations

Culture Awards Writer of the Year finalists: Alison Carr, David Almond and Peter Mortimer

The writing talents of the finalists were on show respectively in The Soaking of Vera Shrimp, The GNR Million Opening Ceremony and Death at Dawn

Culture Awards 2014 Best Arts and Business Partnership finalists

Culture Awards Best Arts and Business Partnership finalists: Simpsons Malt and BVA; PoT and Various Partners, and Northern Stars and Intu Eldon Square and Intu MetroCentre

Bringing L.S. Lowry to Berwick; inspiring documentaries by young people; and a melting pot of culture projects to benefit the North East

Culture Awards Performance of the Year finalists

Culture Awards Performance of the Year finalists: Death at Dawn, I Left My Heart in Roker Park and Mamela

It's all about the theatre this year. Three very different productions caught the eye of the judges

Culture Awards 2014

Culture Awards 2014: The finalists for each category are announced

Nadine Shah, Great North Run Million, Hyde and Beast, Alison Carr, Steamsong, Joe Hillier and Beamish are among the nominees

Hexham author Chloe Daykin who has bagged a two book deal for her work with publisher Faber

Writer Chloe Daykin announced as the winner of the inaugural Julia Darling Travel Fellowship

The recipient of the prize for creative writers, established by New Writing North, was announced during a celebration of Julia's life and work

Jo Milne, who is to be featured in a play at the Live Theatre. Pictured with friend Tremayne Crossley

Story of Gateshead's Jo Milne to be told in a play at Newcastle's Live Theatre

Everything is Wondrous will be performed at Newcastle's Live Theatre as part of a series of new plays commissioned in memory of Julia Darling

Ellen Phethean whose new poetry collection is called Portrait of the Quince as an Older Woman

Poet Ellen Phethean talks about her new collection Portrait of the Quince as an Older Woman

Portrait of the Quince as an Older Woman is the title poem of Ellen Phethean's new volume of poems

Julia Darling at her favourite Rendezvous Cafe

Memories of Julia Darling spark festival of words at Live Theatre in Newcastle

Playwrights and poets will be marking a decade since the death of Julia Darling with a series of events at Live Theatre

Zannah Hodson and Nigel Hastings in What Falls Apart

Review: What Falls Apart at Live Theatre

Torben Betts' first play for Live Theatre takes politics into the bedroom in the run-up to a general election

A scene from What Falls Apart

Torben Betts on his new political play opening in Newcastle this week

New play What Falls Apart looks at the murky world of politics in the build up to an election

A CGI of how Liveworks will look when finished on Newcastle Quayside

Knight Frank property agents appointed on prestigious Newcastle Quayside Live Works project

Live Theatre is developing Live Works, a £10 million development to purchase and develop Quayside fronted land and buildings adjacent to the theatre.

Fat Man is at Live Theatre Newcastle on March 13 and 14. Pictured is writer/performer Martin Bonger

One man show at Live Theatre reimagines Greek god Orpheus as an overweight stand up comedian

Written and performed by Martin Bonger, Fat Man has garnered rave reviews since its premiere in January as it heads to Newcastle Live Theatre

Publicity handout Billy Elliot the Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre, photo by Alastair Mui

Audiences have changed - playwrights have to change with them

Journal columnist and Newcastle headteacher Bernard Trafford on why there's still much to enjoy at the theatre

Tezney Mulroy, Sophie Pitches and Liam Patterson who are to perform in Day of the Flymo

Cast announced for new Live Theatre play Day of the Flymo

Three Tyneside teenagers are to star in Day of the Flymo, the new play by Wet House writer Paddy Campbell

A scene from Broke by The Paper Birds theatre company

Review: Broke, Live Theatre, Newcastle

Paper Birds' niftily staged exploration of what it means to be broke in 21st century Britain offered a thought-provoking hour of theatre

Writer Lee Mattinson's hit play Donna Disco returns to Live Theatre in Newcastle

Rehearsals have begun for the much-anticipated return of the one-woman show which comes back home to Tyneside as part of a UK tour

A scene from Broke by The Paper Birds theatre company

New play heading to Tyneside looks at what it's like to be broke

Personal and national debt are never out of the news. David Whetstone looks at a play which shows how it hits real lives

North East culture review 2014: What a year that was!

From dead bodies at Life to the one millionth Great North Runner, it was a cultural year to savour for many reasons

Playwright Paddy Campbell who wrote acclaimed play Wet House

Live Theatre in Newcastle will be peppering your wall planners for the first half of 2015

A January to June programme will see new writing and talent in abundance as well as top drawer visiting theatre and old friends

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