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Art, Literature and Music

Thursday 9th 7pm | FREE | The Complete Poems of Jon Silkin |
This celebration of his life brings together local writers who knew Jon personally. A Carcanet Event

Saturday 11th | 10.30am | FREE Tour of the Lit & Phil

Monday 13th | 7pm | FREE | The launch of four new pamphlets: poetry from Anne Hine, Louise Hislop and Celia McCulloch and short stories from competition winner Emma Timpany
Red Squirrel Press

Wednesday 15th | 6pm | FREE Lecture | Christopher Roy-Toole: The Infantry War Perfected: The German 1918 Spring Offensive seen through the eyes of a young soldier in The Northumberland Fusiliers. Christopher Roy-Toole describes his Great-Uncle's personal experience of themomentous eventsat the Battle of The Lys in April 1918.

Friday 17th | 6pm | £3/2 (under 18s free) | John Fuller Man and Boy John Fuller, one of England's leading poets and winner of both the Forward Prize and the Michael Braude Award for Light Verse, makes a rare visit to the North East to read from his new collection of prose poems The Dice Cup and his new book of children's verse You're Having Me On. John will also discuss his lifelong fascination with WH Auden, the nature of the prose poem and his experiences as a poetry publisher.

Saturday 18th | 11am | £2 | The Charles Avison Ensemble
Young Musicians Award

Monday 20th | 6.00 - 7.30pm | Reading Group on the Pseudo/Sciences of the Long Nineteenth Century Dr. Peter Garratt, Lecturer in the Department of English Studies, Durham University, will introduce readings on 'Nineteenth Century Art and Science of Atmosphere'. The readings and further information about the group can be found at http://scienceandpseudoscience.wordpress.com

Monday 20th | 7.00pm | FREE Book Launch: Speaking Our Minds by Thom Scott-Phillips. SPEAKING OUR MINDS: Why human communication is different, and how language evolved to make it special. Language is an essential part of what makes us human. How did it evolve? Why are we the only species to communicate in this way? And what can an evolutionary perspective tell us about why languages are organised in the ways that they are?Speaking Our Minds, recently published byPalgraveMacMillan and already acclaimed as “the most important and best book ever written on the evolution of language”, integrates recent findings in cognitivescience, linguistics, anthropology, and evolutionary biology, to decisively answer all these questions. In this talk the author, Thom Scott-Phillips, will present a general, accessible overview of some of the highlights of Speaking Our Minds.

Wednesday 22nd | 10.30am | FREE Tour of the Lit & Phil

Wednesday 22nd | 6.30-8.30pm | £70 for 8 week course | Reading and Writing Poetry We will use examples of contemporary poetry as a basis to inspire our own creative writing. Lead by Ellen Phethean and Kathleen Kenny, the course is open to anyone with an interest in poetic form (no session 13th May).

Wednesday 22nd | 7pm | FREE | Book Launch | To celebrate the re-release of his highly rated autobiography, ‘Him Off the Viz’, Simon Donald is taking himself around a number of unique, intimate venues to record live readings from his five-star rated book. These shows will be edited together to form part of the audiobook of the biography, to be released later in the year.

Thursday 23rd | 8.00pm |£10/8 | Swiss trio Vein perform | Jazz North East concert

Friday 24th | 1pm | £4 Lunchtime Jazz @ the Lit & Phil Paul Edis and Graham Hardy Trumpeter Graham Hardy teams up with Paul Edis to perform a concert that includes music by Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Miles Davis alongside original material from the duo.


Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd | Newcastle Noir – after such a popular and successful event last year, we have another crime-filled weekend for you. Workshops, walks, talks and panel discussions with some of the best crime writers around. Book early, it’s sure to fill up.

A weekend pass is available for all nine panel discussions for £40/25.

Advance payment essential.

Saturday 2nd May

10-12noon | Writing Workshop with Christiana Gregoriou, Bea Davenport and Barbara Nadel. £25/20 (includes Saturday and Sunday workshops).

11am-12pm Classic Crime Readings with Kay Hepplewhite FREE

11am-1pm Murderous Newcastle Walking Tour with Pat Lowery, Newcastle City Guide. Begins at the Castle Keep, ends at the Lit & Phil. £4.

12.30-1.30pm Panel discussion: Northern Landscapes with authors Howard Linskey, Nick Quantrill and David Mark Craig Robertson, chaired by Luca Veste £5/3

2.30-3.30pm Panel discussion: Writers in Prison with Mari Hannah, Russ Litten and Alexandra Sokoloff, chaired by Louise Ridley £5/3

4.30-5.30pm Panel discussion: Award winning crime-writers Martyn Waites and Mark Billingham in conversation £5/3

6.30-7.30pm Panel discussion: From page to screen to page with Cilla and Rolf Börjlind, Erin Kelly and Christopher Brookmyre £5/3

8.30pm-9.30pm Panel discussion: Gangsters & Gangs with Philip J. Howard, David McCaffery and Steve Wraith, chaired by Charlotte Bilby £5/3

Sunday 3rd May
10-12noon Writing Workshop with Christiana Gregoriou, William Ryan, Bea Davenport and Barbara Nadel. £25/20 (includes Saturday and Sunday workshops).

11am-1pm Murderous Newcastle Walking Tour with Pat Lowery, Newcastle City Guide. Begins at the Castle Keep, ends at the Lit & Phil. £4.

11.30am-12.30pm Panel discussion: Crime in Translation with Dominique Mannotti, Roz Schwartz, Quentin Bates and Ragnar Jónasson, chaired by Jacky Collins £5/3

1.30-2.30pm Panel discussion: Crime Authors/Creative writers with William Ryan, Bea Davenport and Barbara Nadel, chaired by M. J. MacGrath £5/3

3.30-4.30pm Panel discussion: Legal Eagles with Peter Murphy, Steve Cavanagh and Clare Donoghue, chaired by Ayo Onatade £5/3

5.30-6.30pm Victorian Villanies with Gail-Nina Anderson FREE.

7.30-8.30pm Panel discussion: New Blood with Eva Dolan, Susi Holliday, Kati Hiekkapelto and Susan Wilkins, chaired by Sarah Ward £5/3

Newcastle Noir is assisted by a grant from the Northern Rock Foundation and an anonymous donation from a French screw-making company.


To reserve your place:

Please reserve your seat by calling (0191) 232 0192, emailing library@litandphil.org.uk or by calling in.

If you reserve a ticket and are subsequently unable to attend, please let us know as we often have a waiting list. Thank you.

In addition to the events listed here, there will be more events added to the list throughout the year. Please check here or in the library for details.