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 Newcomer of the Year finalists

Culture Awards Newcomer of the Year finalists: Heather Carroll, Magali Pettier and Sunderland Stages

Death at Dawn actress Heather Carroll, film maker Magali Pettier and the Sunderland Stages project made their presence felt in 2014

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

Peter Mortimer - pieless in Whitley Bay

Peter Mortimer: I'm having to go pieless in Whitley Bay and I don't like it one little bit

Cullercoats author Peter Mortimer on a sombre state of affairs at the coast - no pies on sale at Whitley Bay FC's home matches

Actors putting in a final dress rehearsal for Death at Dawn by Peter Mortimer at the Linkskill centre North Shields

Review: Death at Dawn, Linskill Centre, North Shields

Peter Mortimer's memorable play tells the story of William Hunter, a North East soldier, executed for desertion in 1916, says Noreen Rees

Writer Peter Mortimer from Cullercoats who is opening his home to the public for heritage open days

Peter Mortimer: Haunted by story of North Shields boy shot as a deserter in First World War

Cullercoats writer Peter Mortimer talks about his new play, Death at Dawn, which is being performed in North Shields this week

Piano virtuoso Jonathan Middleton on Whitley Bay beach at the 2012 Whitley Bay Film Festival

Spanish City goes Japanese for Film Festival

Film fans will find out how well versed they are in cinema knowledge when a festival is launched this weekend

Purls of wisdom raise the spirits

There’s a fat envelope full of stories about Leonard Barras in The Journal library.

Train service problems for test match crowd

What splendid efforts were made for the recent Chester-le-Street test match.

Time to dust off the walking boots

It's the season to get the boots on. David Whetstone picks some summer walking books.

Oh, how the claws come out as comedy takes wing

Kat Among the Pidgeons, Cloud Nine, at Saville Exchange, North Shields, until February 3.

Glimpses of heaven

Buildings in the North-East have been recognised as some of the finest in the country.

Write on Sheree

The 200-year-old Lit & Phil has never had a writer in residence.

Our day of shame on the waterfront

A still-sensitive episode in North-East history is dramatised in new play Riot: South Shields 1930, writes Tamzin Lewis.

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