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In this month’s Culture we strive to keep you bang up to date while also taking you right back to the early 13th Century.
There has been much talk of Magna Carta. Four copies of this iconic document were brought together in London – an unprecedented occurrence – but there are three in safe keeping at Durham Cathedral.
As Britain marks the 800th anniversary of its publication, we look at a forthcoming Durham Magna Carta exhibition which promises to be as fascinating as that which put the Lindisfarne Gospels under the (metaphorical) spotlight in 2013.
We catch up with The Unthanks this month. They have a new album out called Mount The Air and a tour that brings them to Newcastle and Middlesbrough. They speak volumes through their music but you can read what else they have to say in the pages of this month’s magazine.
We also focus on another talented musical lady. Cellist Louisa Tuck is section leader of Royal Northern Sinfonia but she has a concert of her own coming up at Sage Gateshead and has also become an integral part of Kathryn Tickell’s new band.
Louisa, who lives and breathes music, tells us about her dedication to the cello and her delight in her adopted North East.
The Bowes Museum, which pulled off a coup with its summer Yves Saint Laurent exhibition, has another to crow about this month. Throughout the arc of her political career, Margaret Thatcher was watched closely by a lot of people – but few watched as intently as cartoonist Gerald Scarfe. He drew her often, delighting in depicting her as an axe, a knife and an old bag. It is not a political cartoonist’s job to be nice, he tells us.
Scarfe’s Maggie cartoons will be on display at the Bowes where they will provide a very different visual experience to some of the venerable paintings on the walls.
In our regular features this month, playwright Alison Carr picks five fascinating reads for Readers’ Lives while magician and ex-policeman John Archer provides our Final Say.
In our Taste section, Jane Hall boards a ferry, Robert Gibson ascends to the dizzy heights of Six at Baltic, Charles Evans is in Alnmouth and Helen Savage assesses the merits of an Austrian grape.