Sunday, 10 August 2014

New Writing North Listening Post newsletter

Here is the latest New Writing North Listening Post newsletter that I thought my followers would be interested in seeing:

30 July 2014
The Listening Post
Durham Book Festival 2014 launch event
Durham Castle, Durham: 12 August, 6.30pm
Join New Writing North and best-selling author Richard Benson, author of acclaimed new book The Valley, in the beautiful surroundings of Durham Castle for the launch of the 2014 Durham Book Festival. This year’s festival includes world-class authors, poets and thinkers, as well as a host of exciting new commissions, and guests at the party will be the very first to discover what’s in the 2014 programme. A limited number of public tickets are available for £15. To book, go to
Hauntings: An Anthology
International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester: Thursday 31 July, 7pm
Join Hic Dragones for their launch of Hauntings: An Anthology, 21 new tales of the uncanny. The evening will feature readings from writers including Tracy Fahey, Mark Forshaw and Hannah Kate, plus a free wine reception, giveaways and launch discount on the book. Tickets are free, but visit to book your place.
Radicals and Renegades
The Bluecoat, Liverpool: Sunday 3 August, 2pm
This literary walk goes to the heart of bolshie, bohemian Liverpool to search out writers who don’t, won’t or can’t fit into the mainstream. It tracks all the rebels, renegades, radicals and refuseniks who have played – and written – by their own and no-one else’s book – The event is free but booking is recommended. For more information, see
Debbie Taylor: Herring Girl
Fortuna, Newcastle: Thursday 7 August, 5.30pm
Mslexia editor Debbie Taylor will be (literally) launching her novel Herring Girl at a party aboard the Fortuna in Newcastle upon Tyne. There will be cold bubbles, fishy smackerels, a (brief) reading – and a return cruise from the Quayside to the mouth of the River Tyne, where the ‘historical paranormal crime’ novel is set. Tickets: £5. For more information, contact
Sheila Quigley: Lady in Red
Waterstones Leeds: Saturday 9 August, 11.30am
Come and meet crime author Sheila Quigley as she signs copies of her latest novel, Lady in Red, the sixth book in her popular Seahills Estate series. For further details, call 01332 4445588.
David Melling: Hugless Douglas
Seven Stories, Newcastle: Sunday 10 August, 4pm
Hugless Douglas is in need of ‘a big bear hug’. As he goes in search of one, none seem quite right – too small, too short and too uncomfortable. Of course, there’s only one hug that will do – a hug from his mum! Meet award-winning author and illustrator David Melling, find out how he created his adorable character and join in some live drawing. Booking essential. Tickets: £3 per person in addition to admission fee. For more information, see
An evening with David Levithan
The Mining Institute, Neville Hall, Newcastle: Monday 11 August, 6.30pm
The New York Times best-selling co-author of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist and Will Grayson, Will Grayson discusses his ground-breaking YA novels Every Day and Two Boys Kissing. Tickets: £3 from Waterstones Newcastle. For further details call 0191 261 7757.
The Use and Abuse of Books
International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester: Thursday 14 August, 6pm (preview)
The Use and Abuse of Books exhibition reveals material from Savoy Books’ often controversial archive. Curated by writer and publisher Michael Butterworth and the Exhibition Centre for the Life and Use of Books, the exhibition examines whether the depiction and description of horrific acts is justified in satire. For an advance look at the exhibition, contact Admission free.
Philippa Gregory: The King’s Curse
Waterside Arts Centre, Manchester: Friday 15 August, 7.30pm
International bestselling author Philippa Gregory she talks about her latest novel, The King’s Curse, the riveting story of Margaret Pole, one of the few surviving members of the Plantagenet dynasty after the War of the Roses. Tickets: £10 ticket, redeemable against the price of the book. Book at
Turning ‘ages
Central Library, Sheffield: until 15 August Liverpool Central Library: 15 August-15 September
The exhibition highlights the intimate and complex relationship between people, books and the everyday ephemera that is left forgotten or misplaced between their pages in the course of their owners’ lives. For more information the work has an accompanying blog page and visitors’ book. For more information, see Admission free.
The Lives of Women
Jerwood Centre, Grasmere: Saturday 16 August, 2pm
Join Katie Waldegrave (The Poets’ Daughters: Dora Wordsworth and Sara Coleridge) and Rebecca Turner, assistant curator at the Wordsworth Trust, for a look at some of the attitudes faced by the women in the Wordsworth household and their circle of friends. Take a look at their letters, which provide a vivid insight into their lives, relationships and personalities – and if you feel inspired, you could try writing a letter yourself with a quill pen. Admission free. For more information and to book go to
The Angel of Mons and other Myths of the First World War
Lit & Phil, Newcastle: Thursday 21 August, 6pm
In August 1914, British troops engaged in conflict at Mons apparently saw a protective vision of angels in the sky. This account remains the most enduring instances of supernatural intervention, much publicised at the time and still the subject of serious enquiry. This talk looks at the evidence, the possible source in a contemporary short story, and other accounts of heavenly help in battle. Admission free. To find out more go to
Kei Miller & Liz Berry
The Daffodil Hotel, Grasmere: Tuesday 26 August, 7.30pm
Join Jamaican born Glasgow resident poet Kei Miller and young Black Country poet and performer Liz Berry for a poetry reading at The Daffodil House. Kei is returning to the Wordsworth Trust to read from his new collection The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion, while this marks Liz’s first reading in Grasmere, and the publication of her debut full-length collection by Chatto. Tickets: £7. For more information and to book, see
An evening with Sarah Waters
Merchant Taylors Hall, York: Tuesday 26 August, 7pm
The Paying Guests sees Sarah Waters at her tense, tender, compelling best. Hear the Booker Prize-shortlisted author discuss her new novel when she visits York. For further details call 01904 620784. Tickets: £6, available from the bookshop and
Jibba Jabba
The Cumberland Arms, Newcastle: Thursday 28 August, 7.30pm
Newcastle’s favourite night of quick-fire spoken word entertainment, featuring special guests from the worlds of music, comedy, and poetry. With special guest Richard Tyrone Jones. Plus the quick-fire open mic jam. Tickets free. For more information see
Giving it Wigan: Norman Nicholson at 100
John Ryland Library, Manchester: until 14 December
In celebration of writer Norman Nicholson’s centenary, this display draws on the library’s extensive archive to tell stories of his life and work. Born in Cumbria, Nicholson drew inspiration from the community and landscape of his home region. Nicholson was a writer in the widest sense: alongside poetry, he wrote drama, novels, biographies and topographical works, and won many prestigious awards. Admission free.
Deadline for September’s Listening Post
The next edition of The Listening Post, covering September’s literature events, will go out in late August. If you have events that you would like to submit for inclusion for this you will need to send information by 20 August to
While every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in this newsletter is correct at the time of going to press, things do change, frequently at the last minute and very often without our knowledge.

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