FESTIVAL LISTINGS

Workshop

Blackout Poetry with Kirsten Luckins

Date: Saturday - 9 June
Location: Grove Hill Community Hub
Time: 10am - 12pm
Cost: £5

Get creative with Kirsten Luckins’ workshops on ‘Erasure’ or ‘Blackout’ poetry. Highlight words and phrases from printed text to a create poem, and use artwork to hide the unwanted words. All materials will be provided and participants will take home a framed piece of original artwork.

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Tall Tales Family Mystery Event – The Mystery Of The Magic Thief

Date: Saturday - 9 June
Location: Billingham Library
Time: 1.30pm - 3.30pm
Cost: Family of 4 £5 or £2 per person

Once upon a time the ground on which your library now stands was a school of magic young wizards and witches. Now adults have stopped believing in magic, the school for wizards and witches has long since been closed and books of spells have disappeared. Now you must turn detective to discover who has stolen a special book and return it back to the shelves.

Suitable for 5 – 11 year olds.

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Blogging Workshop with Alice-May Purkiss

Date: Saturday - 9 June
Location: Crown Street Library, Darlington
Time: 1.30pm - 3.30pm
Cost: £5

Blogging isn’t just about typing words on a screen. It’s not just pretty pictures and social media shares. It’s a place for you to tell your story, talk about what matters to you and make your mark on your own online space.

In this workshop you’ll learn how to decide what to write about, create and personalise your own blog using WordPress, evaluate what makes a good blog and discuss social media sharing. We’ll help you spark your creative ideas and give you the tools to make your blog a creative outlet you can be proud of.

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Workshop

Blackout Poetry with Kirsten Luckins

Date: Saturday - 9 June
Location: Thornaby Central Library
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Cost: £5

Get creative with Kirsten Luckins’ workshops on ‘Erasure’ or ‘Blackout’ poetry. Highlight words and phrases from printed text to a create poem, and use artwork to hide the unwanted words. All materials will be provided and participants will take home a framed piece of original artwork.

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Author Event

Life, Lemons and Melons with Alice-May Purkiss

Date: Saturday - 9 June
Location: Crown Street Library, Darlington
Time: 6.30pm - 8pm
Cost: £5

What happens when you’re 26 years old? If you’re lucky, you have a steady job, a loving partner and a healthy dollop of fun. If you’re unlucky, you’re diagnosed with depression, then, while you’re trying to learn techniques for dealing with it and how to live with it, you’re diagnosed with breast cancer.

Join journalist and writer Alice-May Purkiss as she talks about her self-published book Life, Lemons and Melons – The story of what happens when life hands you a whole heap of lemons and you don’t have the energy to make the lemonade or even reach for the gin.

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Murder by the Book

Date: Saturday - 9 June
Location: Stockton Central Library
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Cost: £5

Calling all would-be Marples and Poirots!

For one night only Stockton Central Library will be turned into the Much Wordy Book Club where you are invited to be a detective. When a murder is discovered you must turn detective to work out whodunnit, how and why.

Join us for a fun evening of murder mystery where you can become one of our armchair detectives to see if you can crack the case.

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Blackout Poetry with Kirsten Luckins

Date: Monday - 11 June
Location: Redcar Library
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Cost: £5

Get creative with Kirsten Luckins’ workshops on ‘Erasure’ or ‘Blackout’ poetry. Highlight words and phrases from printed text to a create poem, and use artwork to hide the unwanted words. All materials will be provided and participants will take home a framed piece of original artwork.

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History Wardrobe Presents PINK – THE TRUE STORY

Date: Monday - 11 June
Location: Crown Street Library, Darlington
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Cost: £8

Salmon, rose, berry, peach & candy… shades of pink look and sound delicious. In Pink – The True Story you’ll discover how to make pink and who’s worn pink in history. Pink can represent romance, intimacy, passion and power. Girl’s colour? Boy’s colour? The truth will be revealed in all its pink-tinted glory!

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Blogging Workshop with Alice-May Purkiss

Date: Tuesday - 12 June
Location: Middlesbrough Central Library
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Cost: £5

Blogging isn’t just about typing words on a screen. It’s not just pretty pictures and social media shares. It’s a place for you to tell your story, talk about what matters to you and make your mark on your own online space.

In this workshop you’ll learn how to decide what to write about, create and personalise your own blog using WordPress, evaluate what makes a good blog and discuss social media sharing. We’ll help you spark your creative ideas and give you the tools to make your blog a creative outlet you can be proud of.

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Author Talk

From journalist to novelist with Nancy Revell

Date: Tuesday - 12 June
Location: Community Hub Central, Hartlepool
Time: 2pm - 3pm
Cost: £5

Author of the Shipyard Girls Series, Nancy Revell talks about her “Olympian Leap” from journalist to novelist. After nearly 2 decades of writing hard hitting news stories and in-depth features Nancy found herself making the “exciting but terrifying” transition to first time novelist.

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Author Session with Kate Pankhurst

Date: Tuesday - 12 June
Location: Stockton Central Library
Time: 4.30pm - 5.30pm
Cost: Free

Kate Pankhurst, descendant of Emmeline Pankhurst, has created this wildly wonderful and accessible book about women who really changed the world. Discover fascinating facts about some of the most amazing women; fly through the sky with the incredible explorer Amelia Earhart and read all about the Adventures of Mary Seacole in what is the number one selling children’s non-fiction title in the UK market this year. Bursting full of beautiful illustrations and astounding facts, Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World is the perfect introduction to just a few of the most incredible women who helped shape the world we live in.

Suitable for ages 7+

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Literary Quiz Night with Sarah Dunnakey

Date: Tuesday - 12 June
Location: Acklam Community Hub
Time: 7pm - 8.30pm
Cost: £5

Read Regional author Sarah Dunnakey introduces her novel The Companion and hosts a very special literary quiz. Sarah is a Question Researcher on Mastermind as well as writing and verifying questions for University Challenge and Pointless. Sarah’s work, especially researching the Specialist Subjects on Mastermind, has been a rich source of ideas for her writing. Sarah will firstly talk about The Companion and then host a quiz night specially written for Crossing the Tees Book Festival.

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Blogging Workshop with Alice-May Purkiss

Date: Wednesday - 13 June
Location: Billingham Library
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Cost: £5

Blogging isn’t just about typing words on a screen. It’s not just pretty pictures and social media shares. It’s a place for you to tell your story, talk about what matters to you and make your mark on your own online space.

In this workshop you’ll learn how to decide what to write about, create and personalise your own blog using WordPress, evaluate what makes a good blog and discuss social media sharing. We’ll help you spark your creative ideas and give you the tools to make your blog a creative outlet you can be proud of.

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Blackout Poetry with Kirsten Luckins

Date: Wednesday - 13 June
Location: Cockerton Library, Darlington
Time: 5pm - 7pm
Cost: £5

Get creative with Kirsten Luckins’ workshops on ‘Erasure’ or ‘Blackout’ poetry. Highlight words and phrases from printed text to a create poem, and use artwork to hide the unwanted words. All materials will be provided and participants will take home a framed piece of original artwork.

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Hartlepool Writers Group

Date: Wednesday - 13 June
Location: Community Hub Central, Hartlepool
Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Cost: Pay what you feel

“Get Descriptive” with Hartlepool Writers Group and guest author Tracey Iceton, who will be helping you to develop your descriptive writing. The group meets on the second Wednesday each month and new members are always welcome.

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An Evening with Mick Herron

Date: Wednesday - 13 June
Location: Stockton Central Library
Time: 7pm - 8.30pm
Cost: £5

An evening with Mick Herron, author of the acclaimed Jackson Lamb series. Described as ‘The John le Carré of our generation’ (Val McDermid) and ‘The new spy master’ (Evening Standard).

Mick’s novels have attracted a number of nominations for the Gold and Steel Dagger Awards, Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year, and the 2017 Macavity Award, and have gone on to win the Last Laugh Award at Crimefest 2017 and the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2017. London Rules is the fifth book in the series, featuring a branch of demoted and troubled MI5 agents known as the “Slow Horses.”

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Vane Women Poetry Reading

Date: Thursday - 14 June
Location: Crown Street Library, Darlington
Time: 2pm - 3pm
Cost: Free

Vane Women will read their latest work, project images and feature
their latest poet, Judi Sutherland, who will read from her book The
Ship Owner’s House, launching at the T-Junction International Poetry
Festival at Middlesbrough’s Mima in the Spring.

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Vane Women Poetry Workshop

Date: Thursday - 14 June
Location: Crown Street Library, Darlington
Time: 3.15pm - 4.45pm
Cost: £5

Bring pens, paper and your imagination for a thought-provoking
session where you will write poetry, prose or whatever you choose.

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Author Event

An evening with Paul Finch

Date: Thursday - 14 June
Location: Community Hub Central, Hartlepool
Time: 7pm - 8.30pm
Cost: £5

Go behind the scenes of murder investigations AND get the inside track on writing prime time crime drama with Paul Finch, a former policeman and journalist, now turned full-time writer who cut his literary teeth penning episodes of the British TV crime drama, The Bill.

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Amit Dhand – Girl Zero

Date: Thursday - 14 June
Location: Guisborough Library
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Cost: £5

In 2016, A.A. Dhand’s debut, Streets of Darkness was released to critical acclaim; he is currently working on a TV adaptation of the book. The Bradford-born author joins us to talk about the second installment of the Harry Virdee series Girl Zero.

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Mudfrog Press Poetry Pamphlet Launch

Date: Friday - 15 June
Location: Middlesbrough Central Library
Time: 6pm - 7.30pm
Cost: £3

Mudfog Press launches three women poets from the Tees Valley. These
three small collections, in pamphlet form are part of Mudfog’s ongoing
aim to provide a voice for writers in an area with limited access to
publication.

Marilyn Longstaff launches a themed collection, The Museum of
Spare Parts, infused with irony and dark humour; Gillian Place brings a
rich variety of experience to her writing in her first pamphlet; while Liz
Geraghty’s poems are rooted in the local area and landscape, ranging
through personal and political themes.

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Escape: From Page to Performance

Date: Saturday - 16 June
Location: Middlesbrough Central Library
Time: 10am - 4pm
Cost: £10

Explore the theme of escape and journeys in a day of poetry workshops
with local poets and Senior Lecturers in Creative Writing from Teesside
University, Bob Beagrie and Andy Willoughby. Leading a set of
inspirational exercises in the morning and looking at how performance
techniques can lift the work you have done from page to stage in the
afternoon.
You can then, if you’re feeling brave, perform the results at this evening’s
Electric Kool-Aid Cabaret in the Reference Library, 7pm – 9.30pm.

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Tall Tales Family Mystery Event – The Mystery Of The Magic Thief

Date: Saturday - 16 June
Location: Crown Street Library, Darlington
Time: 1.30pm - 3pm
Cost: Family of 4 £5 or £2 per person

Once upon a time the ground on which your library now stands was a school of magic young wizards and witches. Now adults have stopped believing in magic, the school for wizards and witches has long since been closed and books of spells have disappeared. Now you must turn detective to discover who has stolen a special book and return it back to the shelves.

Suitable for 5 – 11 year olds.

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Carmen Marcus – Writing Magical Realism

Date: Saturday - 16 June
Location: Marske Library
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Cost: £5

Carmen Marcus is a published author of How Saints Die and performance poet living on the wild North Yorkshire coast. This workshop will look at the way in which real experiences and traumas are translated into myth; how the magical world mirrors and distorts the real and how to write this form of magical realism.

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Self-Publishing Workshop with 6th Element

Date: Saturday - 16 June
Location: Stockton Central Library
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Cost: £5

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, self-edit 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’d like to know more about the whole process of self-publishing.

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The Electric Kool-Aid Cabaret Crossing the Tees Special

Date: Saturday - 16 June
Location: Middlesbrough Central Library
Time: 7pm - 9.30pm
Cost: £5

Teesside’s longest established spoken word and music event presents
an evening of performance with songwriters and poets featuring new work from Andy Willoughby and Bob Beagrie, who were both recently featured in the historic Bloodaxe Anthology of North East Poetry The Land of Three Rivers, lots of special guests, work from the day’s workshops, and a limited open mic so, turn up early if you’d like to sign up to perform a poem or original song.

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The Glass Room – A murder mystery evening based on a book by Ann Cleeves

Date: Monday - 18 June
Location: Skelton Library
Time: 6pm - 8pm
Cost: £5

A murder mystery evening. Murder has been committed at the Writers House, a fortified farm on the Northumberland coast. Can you help solve the mystery?

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The Secret Diaries of Adam Kay

Date: Monday - 18 June
Location: Stockton Central Library
Time: 7pm - 8.30pm
Cost: £5

Award-winning writer and comedian Adam Kay started his career as a junior doctor. Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line.

This debut memoir spent three months topping the Sunday Times Bestseller charts, has been translated into 15 languages and has picked up a whole host of awards and accolades, including Sunday Times Humour Book of the Year.

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Blogging Workshop with Alice-May Purkiss

Date: Tuesday - 19 June
Location: Saltburn Library
Time: 1pm - 3pm
Cost: £5

Blogging isn’t just about typing words on a screen. It’s not just pretty pictures and social media shares. It’s a place for you to tell your story, talk about what matters to you and make your mark on your own online space.

In this workshop you’ll learn how to decide what to write about, create and personalise your own blog using WordPress, evaluate what makes a good blog and discuss social media sharing. We’ll help you spark your creative ideas and give you the tools to make your blog a creative outlet you can be proud of.

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History Wardrobe Presents V for Victory

Date: Tuesday - 19 June
Location: Middlesbrough Central Library
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Cost: £8

An uplifting new presentation about life on the home front in World War One. V is for Vegetables – learn more about the life of a Land Army gal, and the hard work involved in running a wartime household on limited rations. V is for Valiant – celebrating the work of the Women’s Institute. V is for the Vote – what was it like to vote for the first time ever? V is for Victory – celebrations, jubilations, fears for the future and new hopes.

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Blogging Workshop with Alice-May Purkiss

Date: Wednesday - 20 June
Location: Community Hub Central, Hartlepool
Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Cost: £5

Blogging isn’t just about typing words on a screen. It’s not just pretty pictures and social media shares. It’s a place for you to tell your story, talk about what matters to you and make your mark on your own online space.

In this workshop you’ll learn how to decide what to write about, create and personalise your own blog using WordPress, evaluate what makes a good blog and discuss social media sharing. We’ll help you spark your creative ideas and give you the tools to make your blog a creative outlet you can be proud of.

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An Evening with Rebecca Tope

Date: Wednesday - 20 June
Location: Billingham Library
Time: 7pm - 8.30pm
Cost: £5

British crime novelist Rebecca Tope was first published in 1999, after many years of trying to break into print. She now has thirty crime novels to her name, all set in the English countryside – the West Country, Cotswolds and Lake District. The two current series have female amateur detective protagonists and are loosely labelled ‘cosies’. Rebecca is also ghost writer of the novels based on the ITV series Rosemary and Thyme. The Bowness Bequest is the sixth book in the Lake District Mystery series.

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A Conversation with the Yorkshire Shepherdess

Date: Thursday - 21 June
Location: Middlesbrough Central Library
Time: 7pm - 8.30pm
Cost: £8

Amanda Owen is a shepherdess, farmer’s wife, mother to nine children, a passionate photographer and a Sunday Times bestselling author. Amanda’s first book The Yorkshire Shepherdess offers an inspiring account of her transformation from Huddersfield townie to rural sheep farmer. Her second book A Year in the Life of the Yorkshire Shepherdess made it to number 2 in the bestsellers charts. Amanda has also appeared on Countrywise (ITV), The Dales (ITV) and Ben Fogle’s New Lives In The Wild (C5).

Join us tonight as our blogger-in-residence Alice May Purkiss talks to Amanda about her fascinating life, her writing and her many projects.

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Lipstick Library VIP Girls Only Event with Blogger Alice-May Purkiss

Date: Friday - 22 June
Location: Stockton Central Library
Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Cost: £2

Meet our Blogger in Residence, Alice-May Purkiss at our exclusive event and take part in a micro-blogging workshop. Other activities include henna, hair braiding, temporary tattoos, crafts, plus everyone who attends will receive a free goodie bag to take home! Suitable for ages 11 – 16 years.

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Fifty, Not Out! The Six Sixes Revisited

Date: Friday - 22 June
Location: Community Hub Central, Hartlepool
Time: 7pm - 8.30pm
Cost: £5

Join journalist Grahame Lloyd for a fascinating talk about one of the great sporting moments when Gary Sobers hit an historic 36 runs off one over – and learn about the mystery of the missing ball!

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Family Comedy with Patrick Monahan

Date: Saturday - 23 June
Location: Crown Street Library, Darlington
Time: 1.30pm - 2.30pm
Cost: £2

Patrick Monahan is the loveable Teessider, known for his hugs, dancing and cake eating! As well as being one of the biggest names on the comedy circuit, Pat is also highly in demand as a studio warm up, working on shows such as Friday Night with Jonathan Ross and The IT Crowd as well as contributing to many talking head programmes and appearing on various Comedy Central shows. Join us for a Family Comedy event for children aged 6+.

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Blackout Poetry with Kirsten Luckins

Date: Saturday - 23 June
Location: Community Hub Central, Hartlepool
Time: 10.30am - 12.30pm
Cost: £5

Get creative with Kirsten Luckins’ workshops on ‘Erasure’ or ‘Blackout’ poetry. Highlight words and phrases from printed text to a create poem, and use artwork to hide the unwanted words. All materials will be provided and participants will take home a framed piece of original artwork.

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Tall Tales Family Mystery Event – The Mystery Of The Magic Thief

Date: Saturday - 23 June
Location: Grangetown Library
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Cost: Free

A free event sponsored by Grangetown Ward Councillors.

Once upon a time the ground on which your library now stands was a school of magic young wizards and witches. Now adults have stopped believing in magic, the school for wizards and witches has long since been closed and books of spells have disappeared. Now you must turn detective to discover who has stolen a special book and return it back to the shelves.

Suitable for 5 – 11 year olds.

 

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Crime Writers Edward Marston and Judith Cutler

Date: Saturday - 23 June
Location: Crown Street Library - Art Gallery Darlington
Time: 4pm - 5.30pm
Cost: £5

Murder Ancient and Modern – crime writing partners, Edward Marston and Judith Cutler, authors of over 70 novels, compare techniques for writing about crime in the past and the present.

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Also as part of Crossing The Tees...

Short Story Competition

Crossing the Tees Short Story Competition

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

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

Entry forms can be downloaded here:  Short story competition – entry form 2018

Closing date for entries is midnight 31 July 2018.

Short Story Competition
Writers Retreat

Writers Retreat

Treat yourself to some writing time: a non-residential, just around the corner, three-day writers’ retreat. Hosted by Sixth Element Publishing at Arthur Robinson House in Billingham.

Ever wanted to go on a writers’ retreat but not really had the time, budget or opportunity to commit to time away? Or would you just like to dedicate some time aside for you and your writing? Our three-day event beginning Monday 18th June will be packed with workshops on writing and publishing, guest speakers, opportunities for one to one sessions and mentoring, time to chat with other writers, and space for you to disappear into your writing.

Tickets can be booked for all three days (£60), or one of any of the three (£25 per day). Days will run from 10am to 3pm. Programme to follow.

Please express an interest by calling 01642 360253 or email hello@6e.net

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