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Culture magazine - October 2013

The October edition of Culture magazine is out now. If you missed it in yesterday's Journal, you can read it online. Find out what's inside

Culture magazine - October
Culture magazine - October

Don’t be fooled by the old guy on the cover - sorry Sting, 62 in October - because this really is the edition where we celebrate the talent of North East youth.

The annual Juice festival for children and young people takes place on Tyneside from October 25 to November 3 and past experience tells us thousands - of all ages - will take part.

It gives youngsters an opportunity to try new things and also to show the grown-ups what they can do.

As usual Culture has benefited from the budding journalistic skills of an enthusiastic team of young writers. Thanks very much to them.

Inside you can read their accounts of what’s in store for visitors to a festival that goes from strength to strength.

Juice is back in October and so is the Royal Shakespeare Company.

There were fears - there have always been fears - that the regular visits initiated back in 1977 might come to an end. In recent years, with theatres in Newcastle and Stratford-upon-Avon undergoing major refurbishment, many feared the worst.

But under new artistic director Greg Doran, the RSC’s allegiance to the North East has been reaffirmed and this year’s offerings resemble a proper season again.

Barbara Hodgson travelled to Stratford for Culture and caught up with some of the RSC actors heading our way.

You can read her preview of As You Like It – one of the most popular of Shakespeare’s comedies and one which appeals to a modern audience’s sense of the absurd – in this month’s Culture.

Durham Book Festival is upon us again with as wide-ranging and appealing a programme as ever.

We had a chat with Stevie Ronnie, a Northumberland writer who went to the Arctic and returned with plenty of tales to tell his audience in Durham, and also with Kathryn Williams who has been reflecting on Sylvia Plath.

Culture contributor Laura Fraine took a look at the Cuckoo Pop-Up Shop for young writers. Could this be where a future Booker Prizer winner first gets bitten by the writing bug?

Finally, to come full circle, there’s Sting. He has a new album out. It comes ahead of a musical play called The Last Ship whose name it shares.

The album was made by Sting with many of his North East friends and, as you would expect, it has an invigorating Tyneside vibe. He sheds a little light on his inspiration and we offer a flavour of his first new songs for eight years.

:: Read October's edition of Culture here - http://bit.ly/culturemagazine

Journalists

David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer