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Lipstick Library VIP Girls Only Event with Author Caighlan Smith

Date: Friday - 9 June
Location: Stockton Central Library
Time: 6.30 - 8.30pm
Cost: £2

Come and meet author Caighlan Smith at our exclusive Lipstick Library Event and hear all about her fantasy book Children of Icarus. As well as meeting the author at this VIP Girls Only event, there will be henna, hair braiding, temporary tattoos, crafts and competitions. Everyone who attends will get a free goodie bag to take home as well! Suitable for girls aged from 11 to 16 years old.

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Rare Birds – Voices of Holloway Prison: Poetry Workshop

Date: Saturday - 10 June
Location: Middlesbrough Central Library
Time: 1.30 - 4.30pm
Cost: £3
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Join poet Natalie Scott to create convincing poetic voices for historical figures. Natalie will introduce the form of dramatic monologue and guide participants in using factual materials to voice a person from the past. She will use examples from her Arts Council funded poetry collection in progress Rare Birds – Voices of Holloway Prison. Participants will be encouraged to create their own convincing voices and there will be an opportunity to receive feedback on their work.

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The Killer Women Murder Mystery

Date: Saturday - 10 June
Location: The Art Gallery, Crown Street Library, Darlington
Time: 7 - 9.30pm
Cost: £5
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Four leading crime authors Laura Wilson, Kate Rhodes, Helen Smith and Melanie McGrath will be speaking and brewing up some Killer Cocktails.

The Killer Women Murder Mystery is your chance to play detective. Over a tense hour, you will be briefed on the murder of Eddie Glass, nightclub owner, gangster and all-round villain. You’ll hear from four witnesses and the senior investigating officer in the case. Working in investigative teams, it will be your job to work out who killed Eddie Glass and crucially why. Written by the Killer Women group of crime writers, with input from former Chief Superintendent of Sussex police (and police advisor to Peter James) Graham Bartlett. Followed by Crime Confidential. Ticket price includes a killer cocktail.

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Self Publishing Workshop

Date: Monday - 12 June
Location: Redcar Library
Time: 2 - 4pm
Cost: £2
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How to write, publish and sell your own book: in a nutshell.

Want to write, publish and sell your own book – and retain all the rights to your work? Join Sixth Element Publishing for this friendly and informal workshop. We will cover topics including how to write, selfedit and revise your final manuscript, the production process of typesetting and print, and then the all-important issues of distribution, sales and marketing. This is an introductory workshop, suitable for all writers who would like to know more about the whole process of self-publishing.

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Murder Mystery

Date: Monday - 12 June
Location: Hartlepool Central Library
Time: 7 - 8.30pm
Cost: £3
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Can you solve the mystery of the Wenlock Mummy? A heinous murder has been committed at Wenlock Hall. Spot the clues and unmask the murderer in this murder mystery based on the Ruth Galloway novels, written by crime author Elly Griffiths. Winner receives a set of Elly Griffiths books. Includes refreshments.

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Between Stations Live

Date: Monday - 12 June
Location: Middlesbrough Central Library
Time: 7 - 8.30pm
Cost: £5
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Based on Andy Willoughby’s critically acclaimed long poem Between Stations the show examines memories of a trip to Siberia with Finnish beat poets whilst travelling through the remnants of the last steelworks of Teesside having survived cancer. He investigates what it means to be caught between stations in an existential as well as a physical way. Andy Willoughby is a former poet laureate of Middlesbrough and has published several books of poetry that draw on local history, travel and mythologies both modern and ancient.

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Streetwise Opera

Date: Tuesday - 13 June
Location: Middlesbrough Central Library
Time: 7 - 8pm
Cost: Free
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Join award-winning charity Streetwise Opera for a fun and informal performance. The event features opera extracts and songs, as well as the opportunity for people who have attended a taster workshop to join in with the show! Streetwise Opera uses music to help people who have experienced homelessness and other members of the community make positive changes in their lives. Find out more at www.streetwiseopera.org

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Taster workshops are taking place at Redcar Library on Wednesday 24 May from 10 -11am (01642 444141), and Billingham Library on Wednesday 31 May from 10 -11am (01642 528084).

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Gulwali Passarlay

Gulwali Passarlay

Date: Wednesday - 14 June
Location: Crown Street Library, Darlington
Time: 2 - 3pm
Cost: £2
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Meet Gulwali Passarlay author of the memoir The Lightless Sky. Gulwali will read from his best selling memoir, a powerful account of a year long journey to safety as a child refugee fleeing from Afghanistan to the West.

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Julian Norton – The Yorkshire Vet

Date: Wednesday - 14 June
Location: Stockton Central Library
Time: 6.30 - 8.30pm
Cost: £5
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Author of Horses, Heifers and Hairy Pigs: The Life of a Yorkshire Vet and star of Channel 5’s The Yorkshire Vet, Julian Norton will be recounting tales of life in a busy vets practice and his unexpected stardom.

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Fab Fiction in Four Hours

Date: Wednesday - 14 June
Location: Hartlepool Central Library
Time: 6.30 - 8.30pm
Cost: £3 per workshop
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Want to write fabulous fiction in a flash? Join author and creative writing tutor Tracey Iceton for two sessions (Wed 14 & Wed 21 June) with Hartlepool Writers group as she guides budding authors through the art of producing quality short stories in just four hours. The sessions will help writers develop plots and characters as well as exploring how to structure and narrate short stories and how to edit, refine and redraft creative pieces into polished and, hopefully, publishable works. Attending sessions on both dates is recommended.

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An Evening with Sophie Hannah and Adele Geras

Date: Thursday - 15 June
Location: Middlesbrough Central Library
Time: 7 - 8.30pm
Cost: £5
Middlesbrough Adele Geras Sophie Hannah

Enjoy an evening with mother and daughter authors Adele and Sophie as they talk about their writing. Sophie Hannah is an internationally bestselling writer of psychological crime fiction. She will be discussing her 2016 thriller, The Narrow Bed, and her Hercule Poirot mysteries, written with the blessing of Agatha Christie’s estate.

Her mother, Adele Geras has published more than 100 books for readers of all ages. Most recently, she’s been writing for adults with her latest novels, Cover Your Eyes and Love or Nearest Offer.

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Theakstons Big Read with Mari Hannah

Date: Friday - 16 June
Location: Grove Hill Community Hub
Time: 11am - 12pm
Cost: Free
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The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival will be on tour this Summer and would like to invite you to join them for the 9th year of the Big Read. These free reading group events will be led by award-winning author Mari Hannah, delving into the world of Ian Rankin’s Inspector Rebus novel Black and Blue. Free copies of the book will be available in advance.

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Theakstons Big Read with Mari Hannah

Date: Friday - 16 June
Location: Hartlepool Central Library
Time: 3 - 4pm
Cost: Free
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The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival will be on tour this Summer and would like to invite you to join them for the 9th year of the Big Read. These free reading group events will be led by award-winning author Mari Hannah, delving into the world of Ian Rankin’s Inspector Rebus novel Black and Blue. Free copies of the book will be available in advance.

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The Black Light Engine Room

Date: Friday - 16 June
Location: Guisborough Library
Time: 6.30 - 8.30pm
Cost: Free
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Celebrate the summer with two events from the The Black Light Engine Room. Guisborough Library event (Fri 16 June) features singer/songwriter Sara Dennis and BLERoom poet Harry Gallagher. Python Gallery, Middlesbrough event (Sat 24 June) features two brilliant Irish poets, Jessamine O’Connor and Neil Young, who will be reading from their new BLERoom chapbooks. Open mic slots available at both events.

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History Wardrobe presents – Dressed to Impress

Date: Friday - 16 June
Location: Thornaby Central Library
Time: 6.30 - 8.30pm
Cost: £7
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1930s sophistication… swinging 60s… outrageous 80s.

Join us as we showcase sensational special occasion outfits, ball gowns and work suits, first date frocks and frillies for the wedding night, an event where you get to choose your favourite fashions from the 20th century!

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Stockton Book Fair

Date: Saturday - 17 June
Location: Stockton High Street
Time: 10am - 4pm
Cost: Free
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A fun-filled day of activities for all the family at Stockton
Book Fair, with a range of traders selling books and literary
themed gifts, plus the chance to meet some fantastic
literary characters.

Author sessions and workshops with children’s best seller Cathy Cassidy,
author illustrator Suz Hughes and winner of Stockton Children’s Book of the
Year 2017 Tamsin Cooke. Activities will be spread between Stockton High
Street and Stockton Central Library.

This event will take place on Stockton High Street – there is no need to book.

Short Story Competition Launching at Stockton Book Fair – The very first Crossing the Tees Short Story Competition!

Budding authors and creative writers – share your stories with us for a chance to appear in a published anthology and take home a cash prize:

1st Prize £100
2nd Prize £75
3rd Prize £50

The theme for your story should be Crossing the Tees.

Free to enter and open to everyone aged 16 or over, terms and conditions apply.

Entry forms can be downloaded Short story competition – entry form

Closing date for entries is midnight 30 September 2017. Look out for writing workshops with our Writer in Residence throughout July and August for help and advice with your writing. Mentoring sessions also available check the website for details.

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Stockton Choc lit event

Choc Lit Day (part of Stockton Fair)

Date: Saturday - 17 June
Location: Stockton Central Library
Time: 1.30pm - 4pm
Cost: F: £5
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As part of the book fair, book lovers and budding authors can join women’s fiction publisher Choc Lit for an afternoon of fun as part of their country-wide library tour.

There will be a chance to meet local authors and hear about their writing journeys, quizzes and games (with prizes!) to take part in, new and exciting books to discover and – if you’re an aspiring author – there will be the opportunity to pitch your manuscript to a Choc Lit editor.

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Crime Writers and Coppers

Date: Saturday - 17 June
Location: Guisborough Library
Time: 2 - 3pm
Cost: £3
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Go behind the scenes of a real-life murder investigation and get the inside track on writing prime time crime drama for TV. Meet Lisa Cutts, award-winning author of the Nina Foster crime novels and police officer with the Serious Crime Directorate, and Simon Booker, author of the Morgan Vine thrillers and screenwriter for BBC and ITV (Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Holby City).

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Stockton Kate Fox

An Evening with Kate Fox

Date: Monday - 19 June
Location: Stockton Central Library
Time: 7 - 8.30pm
Cost: £5
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Kate Fox is a stand-up poet and proud Northerner! She has recently had her second comedy series broadcast by Radio 4 and has been Poet in Residence for the Great North Run and the Glastonbury Festival.

“Funny, quirky and a wonderful writer” – Sarah Millican.

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Rare Birds – Voices of Holloway Prison: Presentation and script-in-hand performance

Date: Tuesday - 20 June
Location: Acklam Community Hub and Library
Time: 7 - 8.30pm
Cost: £3
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This collection of dramatic monologues aims to creatively retell the story of the notorious London prison from 1852 (when it first opened its gates) to 1955 (when the last woman to be hanged in Britain was executed within its walls).

Natalie will share some of the fascinating documents she has discovered on her visits to the archives in London and will do a script-in-hand performance of selected poems.

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Creative Writing Session with Andy Willoughby

Date: Wednesday - 21 June
Location: Crown Street Library, Darlington
Time: 2 - 4pm
Cost: £3
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Andy Willoughby is a poet and playwright from Middlesbrough. He co-runs the Electric Kool-Aid Cabaret of the Spoken Word and Ek Zuban Press.

As a dramatist he often works within the community and often with hard to reach groups. He is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Teesside University. Writing from the past, Andy will lead a workshop investigating ways in which we can open up the past with creative writing with activities that draw on both personal memory and public history.

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Exploring poetry workshop and poetry reading – with Anna Woodford and Ruby Robinson

Date: Wednesday - 21 June
Location: Norton Library
Time: 5.30 - 7pm
Cost: £2
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Read and discuss contemporary poetry in a friendly environment. Whether you already enjoy reading poetry or you haven’t picked up a collection since school, this workshop with Anna Woodford is for anyone who wants to find out more about contemporary poetry, how to read it and which poet to look for. To be followed with a reading by Ruby Robinson from her poetry collection Every Little Sound.

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Fab Fiction in Four Hours

Date: Wednesday - 21 June
Location: Hartlepool Central Library
Time: 6.30 - 8.30pm
Cost: £3 per workshop
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Want to write fabulous fiction in a flash? Join author and creative writing tutor Tracey Iceton for two sessions (Wed 14 & Wed 21 June) with Hartlepool Writers group as she guides budding authors through the art of producing quality short stories in just four hours. The sessions will help writers develop plots and characters as well as exploring how to structure and narrate short stories and how to edit, refine and redraft creative pieces into polished and, hopefully, publishable works. Attending sessions on both dates is recommended.

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Hartlepool Bad Girls

History Wardrobe presents – Bad Girls & Bonnets

Date: Thursday - 22 June
Location: Hartlepool Central Library
Time: 7 - 9pm
Cost: £7
Hartlepool Bad Girls

Jane Austen’s guide to being brazen.

A bold, brash and beautiful celebration of Austen’s wicked women, and a truly revelatory look at clothes and crime in the 18th century – an era when stocking-theft or silk smuggling carried the risk of a one-way ticket to the Colonies or a ride on the ‘three-legged mare’.

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Just Soph

Date: Saturday - 24 June
Location: Crown Street Library, Darlington
Time: 10.30 - 11.30am
Cost: £2
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Have you ever wondered how the camel got his hump? Or how the elephant got his trunk?

With original live music, puppetry and a host of curious characters, join storyteller Soph for a very special journey in this new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Just So Stories especially for children aged 3-7 and their best beloveds. All ages welcome!

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Just Soph

Date: Saturday - 24 June
Location: Middlesbrough Central Library
Time: 2 - 3pm
Cost: £2
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Have you ever wondered how the camel got his hump? Or how the elephant got his trunk?

With original live music, puppetry and a host of curious characters, join storyteller Soph for a very special journey in this new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Just So Stories especially for children aged 3-7 and their best beloveds. All ages welcome!

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Ben Kane Eagles in the Storm

Massacre In The German Forests AD9. Rome’s Greatest Defeat?

Date: Saturday - 24 June
Location: Crown Street Library, Darlington
Time: 7 - 8.30pm
Cost: £5
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In AD9, three Roman legions were wiped out in a masterful ambush by German tribesmen. The defeat sent shockwaves through the empire, while the few survivors had to live with the shame of losing their legion’s iconic eagles. Author Ben Kane will recount the fascinating history behind his trilogy of novels set at that time, including the illuminating archaeological finds at the Kalkriese battlefield.

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The Black Light Engine Room

Date: Saturday - 24 June
Location: Python Gallery Middlesbrough
Time: 7 - 11pm
Cost: Free
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Celebrate the summer with two events from the The Black Light Engine Room. Guisborough Library event (Fri 16 June) features singer/songwriter Sara Dennis and BLERoom poet Harry Gallagher. Python Gallery, Middlesbrough event (Sat 24 June) features two brilliant Irish poets, Jessamine O’Connor and Neil Young, who will be reading from their new BLERoom chapbooks. Open mic slots available at both events.

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Also as part of Crossing The Tees...

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Short Story Competition Launching at Stockton Book Fair!

Short Story Competition Launching at Stockton Book Fair – The very first Crossing the Tees Short Story Competition!

Budding authors and creative writers – share your stories with us for a chance to appear in a published anthology and take home a cash prize:

1st Prize £100
2nd Prize £75
3rd Prize £50

The theme for your story should be Crossing the Tees.

Free to enter and open to everyone aged 16 or over, terms and conditions apply.

Entry forms can be downloaded Short story competition – entry form

Closing date for entries is midnight 30 September 2017. Look out for writing workshops with our Writer in Residence throughout July and August for help and advice with your writing. Mentoring sessions also available check the website for details.

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Celebrate National Book Start Week

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Fun for under 5s with National Bookstart Week.

Enjoy stories, rhymes and crafts with your little one.

Ask you local library for more details.

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