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

Sting, on stage at the Sage, during a performance on The Last Ship

Review: Sting, The Last Ship, Sage Gateshead

Sting was joined by friends including Jimmy Nail and the Unthank sisters in benefit gigs for the Sage's birthday appeal


Sting talks to fans about ‘paying back his debt’ to his Wallsend community

Sting shares tales from his childhood and tells us where he really considers to be home. Kate Proctor reports

Sting is to perform an extra date at Sage Gateshead

Sting announces third date at Sage Gateshead

A third performance by Sting of songs from his latest album is taking place at Sage Gateshead due to "phenomenal demand".

The Unthanks launch new album Mount The Air at Northumberland studio

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The band, led by sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank invited a special audience for an intimate performance of their new long player

Sting appears with the cast of The Last Ship on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 in New York

Sting's musical The Last Ship set for its final voyage on Broadway

The Tyneside-set musical will close at the end of January after poor advance ticket sales

Kennedy Center Honorees Tom Hanks, and Sting share a laugh as they gather with Patricia McBride, front left, Lily Tomlin, front right, and Al Green, right, following the State Department Dinner for the Kennedy Center Honors on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 at the State Department in Washington

Sting lined up with Tom Hanks for prestigious honours in Washington DC

President Obama was in attendance to watch the Wallsend-born singer pick up a Kennedy Center Honor in December

Sting appears at the curtain call following his debut performance in Broadway's "The Last Ship" on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 in New York

Kate Fox: Isn't it time we launched the Shipyard Chic into the sunset?

Journal columnist and poet Kate Fox says the North East is in danger of being held back by misplaced nostalgia for a vanished past

The Sage Gateshead celebrates its 10th birthday: what does it mean for the North East?

The Sage Gateshead has become an integral part of the region's cultural and economic landscape over the past ten years

Sir Bob Geldof and Midge Ure (left) attend a press conference where they announced that they will produce a record to help fight Ebola

Is Band Aid is need of a re-tune? Why charity singles don't always sound the right note

Northumbria University academic  Dr Lee Barron looks at the place of charity singles in popular culture

Sting, left, and producer Jeffery Seller

Sting steps in to give his musical a boost on Broadway stage

Sting is taking over Jimmy Nail's role in The Last Ship, his musical inspired partly by his Tyneside upbringing

Dame Margaret Barbour, Prof. Josef Vormoor, Chris Peacock (NECCR) and cancer patient Mary Dafter from Newcastle

Barbour Foundation donates £1m to Future Fund for cancer

The huge donation has brought the campaign one step closer to establishing state-of-the-art centre


Sting bringing his Last Ship home to The Sage Gateshead in April 2015

Wallsend-born musician Sting has announced two exclusive performances of songs from musical The Last Ship at The Sage Gateshead


Big name stars including Sting support plans for Newcastle cancer centre

A fund is aiming to raise £5.5m for a center for childhood cancer treatment

The Unthanks have announced a 21-date UK tour

The Unthanks announce UK tour and new album for 2015

The Northumberland-bred folk outfit have booked their most comprehensive tour to date in support of their anticipated new album

Jimmy Nail and the cast of Sting's musical, The Last Ship

Sting's Last Ship musical is ready to leave harbour

A musical inspired by Sting's early years on Tyneside has been given a Broadway opening date

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


Sting's musical The Last Ship gets its first outing in Chicago

Sting's musical inspired by his childhood in Wallsend gets ready for its preview in Chicago tonight

The Amazing Radio studios in Gateshead

Amazing news for Gateshead online music company as it launches in America

Gateshead company Amazing Media crosses the Atlantic thanks to $9m investment from supporters including Sting

Newcastle City Hall

Review: Foreigner, Europe and FM at Newcastle City Hall

There's nothing like a 'sold out' sign at Newcastle City Hall ahead of a Friday night rock show. It only took two weeks to sell every ticket for this triple bill of AOR goodness and the pre-gig atmosphere was electric


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