FESTIVAL LISTINGS

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William Shakespeare

Bringing Shakespeare to Life Exhibition Launch

Date: Friday - 10 June
Location: Middlesbrough Central Library
Time: 6 - 8pm
Cost: Free
William Shakespeare

North East Libraries have worked with local artists and community groups on an exciting project to bring Shakespeare to life. Each group has looked at a different Shakespeare play, and created a visual art banner representing their thoughts, understanding and ideas about the play. Join us at our festival launch where artwork from around the region will be on display. There will be an opportunity to meet the artists and groups involved in the project and take part in family crafts and badge making. Less is More production company will be bringing Shakespeare alive with a performance of Pyramus and Thisbe from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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William Shakespeare
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Bookstart

Under the Sea with National Bookstart Week

Date: Friday - 10 June
Location: Preston Park Museum and Grounds
Time: 10am - 12pm
Cost: Normal admission prices to Preston Park Museum apply
Bookstart

Come Under the Sea with Stockton Libraries this National Bookstart Week. Join us at Preston Park Museum & Grounds for rhymes, stories and crafts. Every child attending will receive a free book (while stocks last). This is a drop-in event and normal admission prices to Preston Park Museum apply. Suitable for under 5s.

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Tim Hopgood

Bookstart Week Fun Day

Date: Saturday - 11 June
Location: Middlesbrough Central Library
Time: 11am - 1pm
Cost: Free (booking not required)
Tim Hopgood

Join author and illustrator Tim Hopgood to celebrate National Bookstart week with your under 5 child. Tim will read What a Wonderful World and there will be related crafts and activities to enjoy. Everyone attending will receive a free Bookstart book (while stocks last). Then why not take your teddy and your lunch next door to mima for a Teddy Bear’s Picnic?

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Tim Hopgood
Special events
mima

Family Art Trolley: Teddy Bear’s Picnic

Date: Saturday - 11 June
Location: mima
Time: 1 - 4pm
Cost: Free (booking not required)
mima

Enjoy nursery rhymes and help to decorate the mima garden.

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Exhibition
Lucy Burnett

Through the Weather Glass with Lucy Burnett

Date: Monday - 13 June
Location: Neptune Centre, Berwick Hills
Time: Drop in
Cost: Free (booking not required)
Lucy Burnett

Lucy Burnett’s hybrid novel Through the Weather Glass tells a fantastic version of the author’s struggles to understand environmental change through the persona of Icarus during a 2500 mile cycle to the Greek island where Icarus fell. This interactive installation version of the novel, combining a bike-generator, audio-visual display and a large set of willow wings, invites participants to pedal their own way through the weather glass and to craft some poetry wings to help Icarus fly!

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Lucy Burnett
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Bookstart

Under the Sea Stories and Rhyme

Date: Monday - 13 June
Location: Various
Time: Various
Cost: Free (booking not required)
Bookstart

Monday 13 June     10.30 – 11.30am     Hartlepool Central Library
Monday 13 June     10.30 – 11.30am     Throston Grange Library, Hartlepool
Monday 13 June      2 – 3pm                  Owton Manor Library, Hartlepool
Tuesday 14 June     1.30 – 2.30pm         Hartlepool Central Library
Tuesday 14 June     2 – 3pm                   Seaton Carew Library, Hartlepool
Thursday 16 June   10.30 – 11.30am      Hartlepool Central Library
Friday 17 June        10.30 – 11.30am      Headland Library, Hartlepool

Cost: Free (booking not required)

Hartlepool Libraries’ Stories and Rhyme sessions will be celebrating National Bookstart Week with an Under the Sea theme. Come and join us! Suitable for under 5s.

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Charleston Charlies

The Charleston Charlies Entertain

Date: Monday - 13 June
Location: Hartlepool Central Library
Time: 2 - 4pm
Cost: Free
Charleston Charlies

Join the Charleston Charlies and take a trip down memory lane at this hand clapping, toe tapping, sing along extravaganza. This event is for the older members of our community and for those living with dementia.

Please note: this event is now sold out, but there are Charleston Charlies events taking place in Darlington, Middlesbrough and Stockton.

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Jo Ebberley

Celebrating National Bookstart Week with ‘Imagine Me’

Date: Monday - 13 June
Location: Crown Street Library, Darlington
Time: 2 - 3pm
Cost: £2.50 per child
Jo Ebberley

To celebrate National Bookstart Week why not join Jo Ebberley from ‘Imagine Me’ as we go on an adventure under the sea. For  2 – 4 year olds and there will be a free book to all.

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Rachel Carroll

The Danish Girl: Trans Lives in Fiction and Film

Date: Monday - 13 June
Location: Middlesbrough Central Library
Time: 5.30 - 6.30pm
Cost: Free
Rachel Carroll

Inspired by the life of Danish artist Lili Elbe and adapted from David Ebershoff’s novel of the same title, the Oscar-nominated film The Danish Girl has provoked much debate about the depiction of transgender people on screen. This talk will explore the relationship between film, fiction and memoir in the telling of transgender histories. Rachel Carroll is Reader in English at Teesside University. She is currently completing a book entitled Transgender and the Literary Imagination.

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A.D. Garrett

Forensics in Crime Fiction with A.D. Garrett

Date: Monday - 13 June
Location: Stockton Central Library
Time: 6.30 - 8.30pm
Cost: £4
A.D. Garrett

Are you a crime fan? Do you have what it takes to be a CSI sleuth? How do the real forensic experts deal with a crime scene – and how do crime writers make sure they get the facts right? Examine our ‘crime scene’ at Stockton Central Library, chat with the writer and the forensic expert that together are the writing collaboration A.D.Garrett. Pitch your wits against the experts in this fun, friendly event and see if you can find the clues that could help to solve a major crime.

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Lucy Burnett

Through the Weather Glass with Lucy Burnett

Date: Tuesday - 14 June
Location: Stockton Central Library
Time: Drop in
Cost: Free (booking not required)
Lucy Burnett

Lucy Burnett’s hybrid novel Through the Weather Glass tells a fantastic version of the author’s struggles to understand environmental change through the persona of Icarus during a 2500 mile cycle to the Greek island where Icarus fell. This interactive installation version of the novel, combining a bike-generator, audio-visual display and a large set of willow wings, invites participants to pedal their own way through the weather glass and to craft some poetry wings to help Icarus fly!

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Lucy Burnett
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Kirsten Luckins

The Trouble with Compassion

Date: Tuesday - 14 June
Location: Hartlepool Central Library
Time: 7 - 8pm
Cost: Free
Kirsten Luckins

The world would be a better place if people could just show more compassion but sometimes it’s hard to find time to be kind to yourself, let alone anyone else. Join poet Kirsten Luckins for an evening exploring the nature of kindness.

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Kirsten Luckins
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Story of the White Wedding

History Wardrobe Presents: Story of the White Wedding

Date: Tuesday - 14 June
Location: Middlesbrough Central Library
Time: 7 - 9pm
Cost: £7
Story of the White Wedding

Everyone loves a wedding! Bringing family history photographs to life, this charming presentation celebrates the traditional white wedding in all its silk and satin glory. Indulge your senses in the gorgeous array of original gowns from every decade of the 20th Century, each with a tale to tell.

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Story of the White Wedding
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Lucy Burnett

Through the Weather Glass with Lucy Burnett

Date: Wednesday - 15 June
Location: Hartlepool Central Library
Time: Drop in
Cost: Free (booking not required)
Lucy Burnett

Lucy Burnett’s hybrid novel Through the Weather Glass tells a fantastic version of the author’s struggles to understand environmental change through the persona of Icarus during a 2500 mile cycle to the Greek island where Icarus fell. This interactive installation version of the novel, combining a bike-generator, audio-visual display and a large set of willow wings, invites participants to pedal their own way through the weather glass and to craft some poetry wings to help Icarus fly!

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Lucy Burnett
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Charleston Charlies

The Charleston Charlies Entertain

Date: Wednesday - 15 June
Location: Easterside Community Hub, Middlesbrough
Time: 10.30am - 12pm
Cost: Free
Charleston Charlies

Join the Charleston Charlies and take a trip down memory lane at this hand clapping, toe tapping, sing along extravaganza. This event is for the older members of our community and for those living with dementia.

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Hungry Caterpillar

Hungry Caterpillar Sensory Play

Date: Wednesday - 15 June
Location: Crown Street Library, Darlington
Time: 2.00 - 3.30pm
Cost: £1 per child
Hungry Caterpillar

Our sensory play session is based on the Hungry Caterpillar book. We will be sharing the story, singing rhymes and using finger puppets. We will also be finger painting our very own caterpillar. Suitable for 0 – 2 year olds.

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Hungry Caterpillar
Workshop
Andrew Forster

Exploring Poetry: Workshop and Readings with Andrew Forster and Linda France

Date: Wednesday - 15 June
Location: Norton Library
Time: 2 - 4pm
Cost: Free
Andrew Forster

Meet Read Regional poet Andrew Forster, who will read from his collection Homecoming and then enjoy a poetry workshop with Linda France, where you will share ideas about what works and how it makes you feel. You should come away with an idea of which contemporary poets you might enjoy and ideas of what to read next. The sessions are relaxed and informal, and no knowledge of poetry is required.

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Andrew Forster
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Colin Pinney

Patrick, Father of the Brontës

Date: Wednesday - 15 June
Location: Crown Street Library, Darlington
Time: 6 - 7pm
Cost: £3
Colin Pinney

Colin Pinney, as the Reverend Patrick Bronte, reveals the story of Patrick’s son Branwell Bronte and his famous sisters: Charlotte Bronte who wrote Jane Eyre and three other novels; Emily, author of Wuthering Heights; and Anne, who wrote Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Colin Pinney has played in Shakespeare, Shaw and Aldwych farce, has directed plays both here and in America and has been a member of the BBC Radio Drama Company.

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Colin Pinney
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Pencils

Hartlepool Writers’ Group

Date: Wednesday - 15 June
Location: Hartlepool Central Library
Time: 6.30 - 8.30pm
Cost: Donation on the door
Pencils

Hartlepool Writers’  Group meets once a month at the Central Library.  If you are interested in joining a group, or just want to know what happens at one, do come and join us for these extra Crossing the Tees sessions!

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Charleston Charlies

The Charleston Charlies Entertain

Date: Thursday - 16 June
Location: Preston Park Museum & Grounds
Time: 11am - 12.30pm
Cost: Free
Charleston Charlies

Join the Charleston Charlies and take a trip down memory lane at this hand clapping, toe tapping, sing along extravaganza. This event is for the older members of our community and for those living with dementia.

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Charleston Charlies
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Joan Heggie

Changing Landscapes with Dr Joan Heggie

Date: Thursday - 16 June
Location: Crown Street Library, Darlington
Time: 2 - 3pm
Cost: £2
Joan Heggie

This illustrated talk from Dr Joan Heggie, author of Middlesbrough’s Iron and Steel Industry, uses progress photographs taken in the bridge-building yards in Darlington and Middlesbrough, as well as images of the completed structure in situ, to trace the intertwined history of bridge builders Dorman Long & Co Ltd and Cleveland Bridge of Darlington and the impact they had across the world.

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Mudfog

Mudfog Celebration of Writing

Date: Thursday - 16 June
Location: Hartlepool Central Library
Time: 4 - 6pm
Cost: Free
Mudfog

Mudfog Press are a local publisher based in the Tees Valley. They specialise in publishing new and upcoming writers from the North East. Join us for readings from a selection of their authors. Refreshments available.

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Mudfog
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Bob and Andy

Border Crossing

Date: Thursday - 16 June
Location: Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima)
Time: 5 - 7pm
Cost: Free
Bob and Andy

Take part in a collaborative creative writing workshop led by poets Andy Willoughby and Bob Beagrie. This friendly taster session explores how we place ourselves in the world and how our ideas of time and space change when we travel both physically and in the imagination. It encourages participants to share concepts of place and use stories to orientate themselves within the landscape. An opportunity for local writers to take part in a creative dialogue with new and settled migrants to perceive their environment through the eyes of other cultures.

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Bob and Andy
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Kirsten Luckins

The Trouble with Compassion

Date: Thursday - 16 June
Location: ARC Stockton Arts Centre
Time: 5.30pm
Cost: Pay What You Decide
Kirsten Luckins

The world would be a better place if people could just show more compassion but sometimes it’s hard to find time to be kind to yourself, let alone anyone else. Join poet Kirsten Luckins for an evening exploring the nature of kindness.

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Kirsten Luckins
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Kate Ellis

Death at the Dig: Murder Mystery Night with Kate Ellis

Date: Thursday - 16 June
Location: Middlesbrough Central Library
Time: 7 - 9pm
Cost: £5
Kate Ellis

Travel back to the 1920s and the Golden Age of crime with Death at the Dig, a fiendish archaeological murder mystery hosted by Kate Ellis. Kate is the best-selling author of two crime series featuring DI Joe Plantaganet and DS Wesley Peterson and will give a short talk about the golden age of crime fiction during the evening.

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Kate Ellis
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Write Yourself Well

Write Yourself Well: A series of six creative writing workshops

Date: Friday - 17 June
Location: Norton Library
Time: 10am - 12pm
Cost: £25 for six sessions
Write Yourself Well

This event is postponed until further notice.

Writing is good for you. It reduces stress, promotes relaxation and develops your imagination and creativity. This introductory six week course explores the self, reflection, memory and sense of place through writing exercises, prompts and discussion. Sara Dennis, who will lead the workshops, is a writer, tutor and musician with a background in reader development, health and wellbeing and community learning.

 

 

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ebooks

Discover the Middlesbrough Digital Library

Date: Friday - 17 June
Location: Middlesbrough Central Library
Time: 10am - 12pm & 1.30 - 3.30pm
Cost: Free
ebooks

Discover the exciting world of eBooks and eAudio with Middlesbrough Digital Library, a free service to Middlesbrough Library customers.

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Jo Ebberley

Celebrating National Bookstart Week with ‘Imagine Me’

Date: Friday - 17 June
Location: Crown Street Library, Darlington
Time: 10.30 - 11.30am
Cost: £2.50 per child
Jo Ebberley

To celebrate National Bookstart Week why not join Jo Ebberley from ‘Imagine Me’ as we go on an adventure under the sea. For  2 – 4 year olds and there will be a free book to all.

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Jo Ebberley
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Jo Ebberley

Celebrating National Bookstart Week with ‘Imagine Me’

Date: Friday - 17 June
Location: Crown Street Library, Darlington
Time: 2 - 3pm
Cost: £2.50 per child
Jo Ebberley

To celebrate National Bookstart Week why not join Jo Ebberley from ‘Imagine Me’ as we go on an adventure under the sea. For  2 – 4 year olds and there will be a free book to all.

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Jo Ebberley
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Bob and Rolfe

Crossing the Tees with Bob Middlemass and Rolfe Mitchinson

Date: Friday - 17 June
Location: Crown Street Library, Darlington
Time: 2 - 3pm
Cost: £2
Bob and Rolfe

Sea divers and members of the Northern Archaeology Group, Bob Middlemass and Rolfe Mitchinson, who have featured on Time Team and Secret Treasures will talk about the River Tees crossings and will bring artefacts along to view.

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Read Regional

Read Regional: An Afternoon with Hazel and Caroline

Date: Friday - 17 June
Location: Hartlepool Central Library
Time: 3 - 4.30pm
Cost: £3
Read Regional

Join Hazel Osmond and Caroline Roberts for tea and cake as they talk about their approaches to writing. Both write contemporary fiction about the drama of relationships and families but handle the subject in different ways. Hazel and Caroline are part of the 2016 Read Regional campaign.

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Black Light Engine Room

Black Light Engine Room Open Mic Session

Date: Friday - 17 June
Location: Stockton Central Library
Time: 6.30 - 8.30pm
Cost: Free
Black Light Engine Room

The Black Light Engine Room returns for their annual appearance at Stockton Central Library! Main performers this year include Steven Bruce, Gillian Place, as well as poets published by The Black Light Engine Room Press. Or you – there will be open mic slots available should you feel the urge to get up and read. Hosted by p.a. morbid.

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Black Light Engine Room
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Niel Bushnell with Dalek

Monsters of the Mind: Doctor Who Animation Workshop

Date: Saturday - 18 June
Location: Middlesbrough Central Library
Time: 10.30 - 11.30am
Cost: Free
Niel Bushnell with Dalek

Imagine being challenged to create an animated version of missing 1960s Doctor Who episodes. That’s what Niel Bushnell and his team were asked to do – now it’s your turn. Using original creepy sounds, Niel will help you draw the characters and talk about how the Doctor’s adventures have inspired his own writing. Suitable for ages 7 to 12.

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Niel Bushnell with Dalek
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Pauline Plummer

Short and Snappy – Short and Sweet

Date: Saturday - 18 June
Location: Hartlepool Central Library
Time: 11am - 1pm
Cost: £3
Pauline Plummer

Creative writing Workshop. Pauline Plummer, author of  Dancing with Strangers will be giving hints, tips and guidance on how to write a compelling short story.

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mima

Family Art Trolley: Rewriting Revolting Rhymes

Date: Saturday - 18 June
Location: mima
Time: 1 - 4pm
Cost: Free (booking not required)
mima

Celebrate 100 years of the great children’s author Roald Dahl with creative activities and making your own Revolting Rhymes.

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Stockton Frances Brody

An Afternoon with Frances Brody

Date: Saturday - 18 June
Location: Norton Library
Time: 2 - 4pm
Cost: £3
Stockton Frances Brody

Frances Brody began her writing career in BBC radio, television and in theatre. She is the
award-winning author of three sagas and seven Kate Shackleton mysteries set in 1920s Yorkshire. Frances will talk about her writing career, the inspiration behind her novels and her experience of  “turning to crime”.

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Historical authors

Meet the Historical Authors

Date: Monday - 20 June
Location: Acklam Library, Middlesbrough
Time: 6 - 7.30pm
Cost: £3
Historical authors

Join two local authors as they read from and talk about their historical novels. Tracey Iceton’s novel Green Dawn at St Enda’s retells the story of the Easter Uprising from the perspective of St Enda’s schoolboy, Finn Devoy. Beryl Robinson’s novel A Life of Consequence is based on the life of a young girl, Hannah, who is forced into an abusive marriage. There will be the opportunity for questions and the chance to purchase the books.

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Stockton Helen Cadbury

An Evening with Helen Cadbury

Date: Monday - 20 June
Location: Stockton Central Library
Time: 7 - 8.30pm
Cost: £3
Stockton Helen Cadbury

Join Helen Cadbury, a British crime writer whose new novel, Bones in the Nest, is second
in the Sean Denton series. Helen was chosen as an Amazon Rising Star, for the best debuts of January 2015. WHSmith readers have voted To Catch a Rabbit number 12 in the list of top crime books which they’d like to see on screen. In October 2015, To Catch a Rabbit was selected in the Yorkshire Post’s top 13 books that have defined Yorkshire since the millennium.

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Darlington Natalie Scott image 2

Voicing the Unvoiceable: Titanic Themed Poetry Workshop

Date: Tuesday - 21 June
Location: Crown Street Library, Darlington
Time: 12.30 - 1.30pm
Cost: £3
Darlington Natalie Scott image 2

Poet and creative writing tutor Natalie Scott will introduce the poetic form of dramatic monologue and show how it can be used to create convincing voices for more unusual subject-matter. Natalie will use examples from her poetry collection Berth Voices of the Titanic which explores Titanic in a distinctive way. Participants will be encouraged to create their own convincing voices, guided by some stimulating prompts and subject-matter.

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TITANIC 2

History Wardrobe presents Titanic

Date: Tuesday - 21 June
Location: Crown Street Library, Darlington
Time: 2 - 3pm
Cost: £7
TITANIC 2

To commemorate the Titanic’s first and only voyage, we invite you back to April 1912 and take you on an evocative journey into Edwardian society. We follow the events of the fateful night through the story of famous dress designer Lady Lucy Duff-Gordon – known in Society as ‘Lucile’. The unique presentation of historical costumes, documents and survivor testimonies offers a fascinating glimpse into life on board Titanic, and the aftermath of the tragedy.

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Pieces from our Past

Date: Tuesday - 21 June
Location: Middlesbrough Central Library
Time: 7 - 9pm
Cost: £3
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Local writers have worked for ten weeks with Andy Willoughby and Bob Beagrie of Ek Zuban Literature Development in partnership with The Teesside Literary Society from Teesside University to produce short dramas and monologues based on local history, locations and heritage. Tonight the pieces will be shown featuring our writers and volunteer actors so come and enjoy the show and help celebrate our fascinating Teesside heritage and creative community.

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Hartlepool Young Soul Rebels FINAL (1)

Young Soul Rebels: A Personal History of Northern Soul

Date: Tuesday - 21 June
Location: Hartlepool Central Library
Time: 7 - 8.30pm
Cost: £3
Hartlepool Young Soul Rebels FINAL (1)

Young Soul Rebels is a compelling and intimate story of Northern Soul, Britain’s most fascinating musical underground scene, a journey into the iconic clubs that made it famous. Stuart Cosgrove is a former music journalist, an award winning TV producer and author. Bar available.

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Hartlepool Young Soul Rebels FINAL (1)
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Tracey Iceton Publicity Photograph

Writing Historical Fiction

Date: Wednesday - 22 June
Location: Acklam Library, Middlesbrough
Time: 6 - 8pm
Cost: £3
Tracey Iceton Publicity Photograph

Join novelist and creative writing tutor Tracey Iceton for a two hour workshop that will guide writers new to historical fiction on how to find ideas and research for historical writing, create vivid period settings and bring characters of bygone ages to life in their stories.  The session explores successful examples of historical fiction, discusses the genre and helpful writing strategies and gives writers the opportunity to develop and receive feedback on a short piece of historical writing.

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Tracey Iceton Publicity Photograph
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Stockton John Nicholson

An Evening with John Nicholson

Date: Wednesday - 22 June
Location: Stockton Central Library
Time: 7 - 8.30pm
Cost: £3
Stockton John Nicholson

Join the prolific author of the Nick Guymer crime series and the Artie Taylor stories, for a fun evening of what his mam used to call “our John playing the giddy goat.” He’ll be talking about his latest novels, about why Teesside is so inspiring and how his Stockton upbringing informs his writing. John will also chat about living in California, drinking his way across America and how it all inspired him to write the Artie Taylor series.

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Middlesbrough Ref with fountain

Middlesbrough Cultural Walk

Date: Thursday - 23 June
Location: Middlesbrough Central Library
Time: 11am - 1pm
Cost: Free
Middlesbrough Ref with fountain

Come on a short tour of the town centre, uncovering the hidden history of Middlesbrough’s artistic and cultural institutions. The walk starts at the Captain Cook pub, Durham Street and will finish at Central Library for refreshments. Walk leader is local poet p.a.morbid.

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Special events
mosaic

Mosaic Workshop

Date: Thursday - 23 June
Location: Acklam Library, Middlesbrough
Time: 1.30 - 3.30pm
Cost: Free (booking not required)
mosaic

Community artist Bub Bacon will be delivering a mosaic workshop at Acklam Library’s monthly Memory Lane café run in association with the Alzheimer’s Society. This café is for people living with Alzheimer’s or dementia and their carers. Those attending will be able to make a mosaic coaster as part of the River Tees Re-discovered Project. For more information contact Joanne Brown on  01642 817810.

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In the Blood

Doctor Who Writer JT Colgan Reveals All

Date: Thursday - 23 June
Location: Billingham Library
Time: 4.30 - 5.30pm
Cost: Free
In the Blood

Young readers are invited to join JT Colgan, author of Dark Horizons and the recently released In the Blood, to hear how she creates storylines for the well established and much loved characters of the Doctor Who series. An opportunity for fans to ask questions and purchase books for signing. Suitable for age 8+

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Anna Falling cover

Exploring Poetry: Workshop and Readings with Anna Woodford and Kim Moore

Date: Thursday - 23 June
Location: Hartlepool Central Library
Time: 5 - 7.30pm
Cost: £2
Anna Falling cover

Join Anna Woodford for this ever popular guide to reading poetry for pleasure. This relaxed and friendly reading workshop takes the mystery out of contemporary poetry! Followed by Read Regional poet Kim Moore, winner of the Northern Writers Award, and the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize, who will read from her latest collection The Art of Falling. Powerful, witty and compassionate writing. Bar available for wine and soft drinks.

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Cinema Paradiso

Cinema Paradiso

Date: Thursday - 23 June
Location: Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima)
Time: 5 - 8.30pm
Cost: Free (booking not required)
Cinema Paradiso

mima and Investing in People and Culture (IPC) invite you to join us for viewings and discussions at our monthly film night. Screenings are followed by informal conversations about some of the issues raised in the film. IPC is a Middlesborugh-based charity supporting vulnerable migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

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Lucky Dip Book Club

Lucky Dip Book Club

Date: Thursday - 23 June
Location: Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima)
Time: 5.30 - 6.30pm
Cost: Free (booking not required)
Lucky Dip Book Club

Join the monthly book club. In each session the group randomly selects book titles from a variety of suggestions made by mima’s visitors and staff. Members are encouraged to respond to one of the selected books in any way they choose. For example, redesigning the cover, producing a piece of creative writing, making an outfit or composing a theme tune for a character. They can also simply turn up to chat or spectate. Find out more about the Lucky Dip Book Club at http://bookydip.tumblr.com.

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Lucky Dip Book Club
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Jenny Colgan

An Evening with Jenny Colgan

Date: Thursday - 23 June
Location: Billingham Library
Time: 6.30 - 8pm
Cost: £5
Jenny Colgan

Join us in conversation with Jenny Colgan best-selling author of the Rosie Hopkins Sweet Shop, Cupcake Café and Beach Street Bakery books. Jenny will be talking about her life and work and discussing her new novel Little Shop of Happy Ever After. This will be followed by a Q& A session and book signing.

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Moranifesto

Feminist Book Club

Date: Friday - 24 June
Location: Middlesbrough Central Library
Time: 10.30 - 11.30am
Cost: Free (booking not required)
Moranifesto

Teesside University’s Feminist Book Club meets once a month to discuss a popular feminist book that they have been reading. This month, the book club invites you to join them for a meeting at Middlesbrough Central Library to discuss Caitlin Moran’s Moranifesto. This will be an informal event and you are welcome to participate or observe at your leisure. If your appetite is whetted, you can join us for future meetings at Teesside University. For more information about the book club check out our Facebook page – TU Feminist Book Club.

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Holly Sterling

Lipstick Library VIP Girls Only Event with Author and Illustrator Holly Sterling

Date: Friday - 24 June
Location: Stockton Central Library
Time: 6.30 - 8.30pm
Cost: £2
Holly Sterling

Come and meet author and illustrator Holly Sterling at our exclusive Lipstick Library Event and hear all about Holly’s books. At this VIP Girls Only event you can meet the author and take part in an illustration workshop, there will also be henna, hair braiding, temporary tattoos, crafts, competitions and everyone who attends will get a free goodie bag to take home as well!  Booking essential – suitable for girls aged from 11 to 16 years old.

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Family fun day

Big Friendly Family Fun Day

Date: Saturday - 25 June
Location: Billingham Library
Time: 10am - 2pm
Cost: Free (booking not required)
Family fun day

Join us for Roald Dahl themed fun for all ages at our Big Friendly Family Fun Day! Local author Gabrielle Kent will be joining us, plus there will be face painting, temporary tattoos, balloon modelling, crafts with Preston Park Museum, hunts, competitions and other activities for all the family to enjoy!

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Family fun day
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Self-publishing: How to do it

Date: Saturday - 25 June
Location: Stockton Central Library
Time: 10am - 4pm
Cost: Free (booking not required)

Are you an aspiring writer? Interested in publishing your work? Then come along and meet local authors David McCaffrey, CG Hatton, Peter Brunton and others who have succeeded in self-publishing. Share ideas, learn how to self-publish and promote your book.

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6E Indie Publishing

Self-Publishing Day: Self-Publishing Workshop

Date: Saturday - 25 June
Location: Stockton Central Library
Time: 10 - 11am
Cost: £2
6E Indie Publishing

Join 6E Indie Publishing for this workshop giving an overview of self-publishing including how to self-edit and revise your book. This is an introductory workshop that is friendly and relaxed, and is suitable for all writers, of fiction or non-fiction, who’d like to know more about the whole process of self-publishing. Topics covered include production processes, proofreading, cover design, sales and marketing.

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6E Indie Publishing
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Diane Hinds

Self-Publishing Day: How to Promote Your Book

Date: Saturday - 25 June
Location: Stockton Central Library
Time: 2 - 3pm
Cost: £2
Diane Hinds

Calling all aspiring, small or self-published writers who want to know how to promote your book?  Come along and learn how to put together a basic campaign that is sure to get you started, using traditional and social media. Diane Hinds has over 20 years experience as a freelance PR specialist. She began her career with Arista Records and then went freelance, launching the career of opera singer Lesley Garrett, CBE. Diane has also promoted the likes of Nigel Kennedy, Anne Perry, Jermaine Jackson, English National Opera, Jack Jones, Expansion Records and many more.

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Diane Hinds
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Beryl Robinson

Creative Writing Workshop for New Writers

Date: Saturday - 25 June
Location: Middlesbrough Central Library
Time: 10.30am - 12.30pm
Cost: £3
Beryl Robinson

Join novelist and short story author Beryl Robinson for a two hour workshop. The session will discuss what creative writing is and how it can be improved. It will give would be writers an opportunity to write and recite a short story to their peers for advice and feedback. There will also be time to talk about the importance of research without losing the creative flow.

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Beryl Robinson
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mima

Family Art Trolley: Songs from Around the World

Date: Saturday - 25 June
Location: mima
Time: 1 - 4pm
Cost: Free (booking not required)
mima

Discover how rhymes and songs are used to tell stories across the generations. Families can choose an instrument and join in this sing song session.

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mima
Author event
Andy Willougby

Andy Willoughby: Between Stations (2 – 3pm) & Bob Beagrie: Leasungspell (3.30 – 4.30pm)

Date: Saturday - 25 June
Location: Middlesbrough Central Library
Time: 2 - 3pm & 3.30 - 4.30pm
Cost: £3
Andy Willougby

Former Middlesbrough Poet Laureate Andy Willoughby will read from his new long poem Between Stations which flashes back and forth between two train journeys: Middlesbrough to Saltburn through the contemporary post-industrial landscape of Teesside and a trip he made to Siberia with Finnish writers in 2004 on the Trans-Siberian railway to the town of Khanty Manisk. A high octane beat traveller’s tale with dark humour running throughout like the veins of iron in the Cleveland hills. Followed by Bob Beagrie at 3.30pm who will read excerpts from his new collection of poetry Leasungspell, which tells the tale of an Anglo Saxon monk walking across the wilds of Teesside from the monastery on the Hartlepool Headland to Whitby in the year 657AD.  Following the reading there will be a Q&A discussion.

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Andy Willougby
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Black Light Engine Room

The Black Light Engine Room

Date: Saturday - 25 June
Location: Python Gallery, Gosford Street, Middlesbrough
Time: 7 - 11pm
Cost: Free
Black Light Engine Room

Celebrate Midsummer with The Black Light Engine Room! A live poetry event featuring some of the North East’s leading talents. Open mic slots available. The Black Light Engine Room is a long-running poetry and performance night based in Middlesbrough.

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Black Light Engine Room

Also as part of Crossing The Tees...

Exhibition
Book sculptures

Book Sculptures

Book sculptures

Local artist Nicky Peacock will be unveiling sculptures made completely out of books to celebrate the enjoyment of books and reading. Look out for a sculpture near you during the festival.

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Book sculptures