FESTIVAL LISTINGS

Poetry Event

Where There’s Muck There’s Bras

Date: Saturday - 8 June
Location: Acklam Community Hub
Time: 6.30pm - 8.00pm
Cost: £5

Performed by Stand-up Poet and Radio 4 regular, Kate Fox; an hilarious and thought-provoking show about the real Northern Powerhouse – Northern Women, the sung and the unsung!

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Teesside Poetry Connexions: Branchlines

Date: Saturday - 8 June
Location: Middlesbrough Central Library
Time: 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Cost: Free

A fun creative writing workshop to encourage new teenage writers aged 16-19.

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Author Event

Tudor Costumes With Julia Soares-McCormick

Date: Monday - 10 June
Location: Community Hub Central
Time: 2.00pm - 3.30pm
Cost: £5

Join Julia Soares-McCormick for an entertaining, lively and informative talk demonstrating the design and construction of her handmade reproduction gowns, and a brief history of the people who wore them.

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Creative Writing Workshop with David Mark

Date: Tuesday - 11 June
Location: Stockton Central Library
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Cost: £5

Whether you want to write for the pleasure of it or dream of topping the charts, David will help ensure that your book is the best it can be. He will also ensure you have a good time while doing so.

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Creative Writing Workshop with David Mark

Date: Tuesday - 11 June
Location: Crown Street Library, Darlington
Time: 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Cost: £5

Whether you want to write for the pleasure of it or dream of topping the charts, David will help ensure that your book is the best it can be. He will also ensure you have a good time while doing so.

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Bryan Cross: Quit While You’re A-Head

Date: Tuesday - 11 June
Location: Saltburn Library
Time: 2.00pm - 3.30pm
Cost: £5

Local author Bryan Cross spent most of his working life in Teesside Primary Schools. His first book Quit While You’re A-Head is packed with the most incredible and mainly humorous tales of life behind the school gates. From teacher training college days to leading a large school, his book will stir memories of school days and provides some ‘laugh out loud’ moments!

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Author Event

Meet Author Jodi Taylor

Date: Tuesday - 11 June
Location: Community Hub Central
Time: 6.15pm - 7.30pm
Cost: £5

Meet the author as she chats about writing her first book aged 60 and shares her experiences of becoming a published author.

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Author Event

A Thrilling Evening With Bestselling Authors C.L.Taylor and C.J.Tudor

Date: Wednesday - 12 June
Location: Stockton Central Library
Time: 7.00pm - 8.30pm
Cost: £5

If dark, psychological thrillers are your thing join us for an evening with two bestselling authors. What is their inspiration and how do they keep you hanging on until the end?!

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Author Event

Jake Lynch: Blood on the Stone

Date: Thursday - 13 June
Location: Skelton Library
Time: 6.30pm - 8.00pm
Cost: £5

Jake Lynch is a former Tyne Tees television presenter, who launched Network North from Billingham in 1993. Now a university professor, he has turned to fiction with Blood on the Stone, a detective story of the 17th Century.

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History Wardrobe Presents: Woman in Gold

Date: Thursday - 13 June
Location: Middlesbrough Central Library
Time: 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Cost: £8

Art, glamour and intrigue! Explore the lure of gold in fashion and the hidden world of women in art.

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Theakstons Big Read with Mari Hannah

Date: Friday - 14 June
Location: Acklam Community Hub
Time: 10.00am - 11.00pm
Cost: Free

The biggest celebration of crime writing, The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, is to tour libraries across the North with its annual Big Read.

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Author Event

Theakstons Big Read with Mari Hannah

Date: Friday - 14 June
Location: Community Hub Central
Time: 2.00pm - 3.00pm
Cost: Free

The biggest celebration of crime writing, The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, is to tour libraries across the North with its annual Big Read.

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Author Event

Tony Nicholson: The Love of Dangerous Women

Date: Friday - 14 June
Location: Redcar Library
Time: 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Cost: £5

Tony is an historian, writer and presenter who recently published a vivid account of the discoveries he made in his attic at Brotton. The Love of Dangerous Women tells the story of how he came across hundreds of Victorian photos and letters, and how these revealed an astonishing love story.

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Lipstick Library with author Sufiya Ahmed

Date: Friday - 14 June
Location: Stockton Central Library
Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Cost: £3

Meet Sufiya Ahmed, author of Secrets of the Henna Girl, as she discusses feminism and campaigning for girls’ rights. Other activities include henna, hair braiding, temporary tattoos, crafts, competitions, plus everyone who attends will receive a free goodie bag to take home! Suitable for 11-16 years.

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An Evening With Author and Archaeologist Nicola Ford

Date: Friday - 14 June
Location: Yarm Library
Time: 7.00pm - 8.30pm
Cost: £5

During the evening Nicola will take you behind the scenes to reveal how she uses her real life experience to bring her archaeological crime thrillers to life.

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Writing Workshop

Winning Words – Writing Competition Standard Short Stories

Date: Saturday - 15 June
Location: Crown Street Library, Darlington
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Cost: £5

Through practical tips, writing exercises and drawing on winning entries of previous Crossing the Tees competitions, this workshop seeks to help writers create masterful short fiction that will, hopefully, end up in the third Crossing the Tees Short Story Competition Anthology.

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Author Event

Co-incidental Chapbook Launch

Date: Friday - 14 June
Location: Middlesbrough Central Library
Time: 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Cost: £5

Join us for the launch of the new Co-Incidental chapbook from The Black Light Engine Room Press featuring Jessamine O’Connor, one of Ireland’s best up and coming poetry stars. p.a.morbid and Harry Galligher will also read from their Running Parallel book.

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Author Event

Empire of Booze: British History Through the Bottom of a Glass

Date: Saturday - 15 June
Location: Middlesbrough Central Library
Time: 7.00pm - 8.30pm
Cost: £8

Henry Jeffreys looks at 800 years of British history told through the medium of drink including the Gin Craze, famous port drinkers of the 18th Century, boozy misadventures in the tropics and the Royal Navy.

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Workshop

Teesside Poetry Connexions: Branchlines

Date: Saturday - 15 June
Location: Stockton Central Library
Time: 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Cost: Free

A fun creative writing workshop to encourage new teenage writers aged 16-19.

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Author Event

Meet Author Bill Jones

Date: Monday - 17 June
Location: Acklam Community Hub
Time: 2.00pm - 3.30pm
Cost: £5

Christmas 1944. All over Britain, POW camps are filling up with defeated German soldiers. The most dangerous are sent to Camp 21 in the Highlands – ‘black’ prisoners – SS diehards who’ve sworn death before surrender. As the snow swirls, the prisoners turn on themselves, with terrifying results…

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Workshop

Teesside Poetry Connexions: Branchlines

Date: Monday - 17 June
Location: Community Hub Central
Time: 6.15pm - 7.15pm
Cost: Free

A fun creative writing workshop to encourage new teenage writers aged 16-19.

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In Conversation With The Yorkshire Vet: Julian Norton

Date: Monday - 17 June
Location: Crown Street Library, Darlington
Time: 7.00pm - 8.30pm
Cost: £8

Julian has been working as a vet in North Yorkshire for over twenty years, most of that time at James Herriot’s old surgery in Thirsk. The last three and a half of these years has seen his involvement in the popular Channel 5 series “The Yorkshire Vet” following his work and that of his colleagues. Julian has written four books and contributes a weekly column to the Yorkshire Post.

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Pen Power: Writing for Wellbeing

Date: Tuesday - 18 June
Location: Community Hub Central
Time: 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Cost: £5

Writing is a great way to clear the mind, address any worries and bring you into the moment. This taster session will guide you through a range of activities designed to help you become more expressive and self-aware, connect with other people and cope better with life’s problems.

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Workshop

Pen Power: Writing for Wellbeing

Date: Tuesday - 18 June
Location: Acklam Community Hub
Time: 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Cost: £5

Writing is a great way to clear the mind, address any worries and bring you into the moment. This taster session will guide you through a range of activities designed to help you become more expressive and self-aware, connect with other people and cope better with life’s problems.

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History Wardrobe Presents: All Writers Great and Small

Date: Tuesday - 18 June
Location: Redcar Library
Time: 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Cost: £8

History Wardrobe Presents “All Writers Great and Small”. A celebration of Northern authors, from the Brontës to James Herriot (and a lot of other good ones in between).

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An Evening With ‘Scandibrit’ Crime Writer Quentin Bates

Date: Wednesday - 19 June
Location: Crown Street Library, Darlington
Time: 6.30pm - 8.00pm
Cost: £5

Quentin Bates, (or Graskeggur ‘grey beard’ as he’s affectionately known in Iceland) is the author of six crime fiction novels and the translator of Ragnar Jónasson and Lilja Sigurðardóttir novels.

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Author Event

Suspense and Intrigue: An Audience With Lisa Jewell and T.J. Stimson

Date: Wednesday - 19 June
Location: Stockton Central Library
Time: 7.00pm - 8.30pm
Cost: £5

Come along and enjoy an exciting evening with bestselling psychological thriller authors Lisa Jewell and T.J. Stimson.

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Author Event

An Evening With Crime Author Stephen Booth

Date: Thursday - 20 June
Location: Stockton Central Library
Time: 7.00pm - 8.30pm
Cost: £5

Crime novelist Stephen Booth talks about the latest bestseller in his award-winning Ben Cooper and Diane Fry series, Fall Down Dead – and the importance to readers of his real-life Peak District locations.

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Bannocks and Blood: Murder Mystery Night

Date: Thursday - 20 June
Location: Guisborough Library
Time: 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Cost: £5

Join us for a traditional murder mystery evening, written by ‘Sheland’ and ‘Vera’ author Ann Cleeves. A body has been found, but as Detective Jim Perez has been called away its down to you to work out who dunnit!

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Door-to-Door Poetry (The Show) with Rowan McCabe

Date: Friday - 21 June
Location: Stockton Central Library
Time: 7.00pm - 8.30pm
Cost: £5

What do you think would happen if you knocked on a stranger’s door and offered to write them a poem?

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An Evening Of Song With Lee Maddison

Date: Friday - 21 June
Location: Community Hub Central
Time: 7.30pm - 8.30pm
Cost: £5

Lee Maddison is a singer songwriter. His background as a Mental Health Nurse has given him a privileged insight into people’s lives and associated emotional journeys, and this is evident in the lyrics and feel of his music.

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Meet Author Roxie Cooper

Date: Saturday - 22 June
Location: Middlesbrough Central Library
Time: 2.00pm - 3.00pm
Cost: £5

Roxie will discuss her inspiration for writing this novel and the complex themes it explores. She will also talk about her writing process and route to publication.

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Author Event

An Audience With LJ Ross

Date: Saturday - 22 June
Location: Crown Street Library, Darlington
Time: 7.00pm - 8.30pm
Cost: £5

LJ Ross is the author of the international #1 best-selling mystery series featuring DCI Ryan, which have sold nearly three million copies worldwide in the last three years. Her debut, Holy Island, was released in January 2015 and reached number one in the Amazon Kindle UK bestsellers chart.

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The Electric Kool-Aid Cabaret Crossing the Tees Special

Date: Saturday - 22 June
Location: Middlesbrough Central Library
Time: 7.00pm - 9.30pm
Cost: £5

A Crossing the Tees special from The Electric Kool-Aid Cabaret – Middlesbrough’s legendary long running spoken word and music Cabaret night MC’d by Bob Beagrie and Andy Willoughby.

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