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Art, Literature and Music


Wednesday 20th | 10.30am | FREE Library to Library Guided Walk Meet under the Atrium in Central Library and walk to the Lit & Phil. The route chosen will illustrate the city centre's development from Roman times, as well as aspects of Newcastle's cultural and literary history. The walks cover about one mile, and will take approximately one and a half hours.Further walks are happening on 3rd September, 17th September (limited places, book in advance).

Thursday 21st | 6pm | FREE Lecture | The Angel of Mons and other Myths of the First World War with Gail-Nina Anderson 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. It also views the Angels in terms of the visual culture of the time, illustrating a context where the imagery of Christian chivalry remained inspirational and vital even in the face of modern warfare.


Wednesday 3rd | 10.30am | FREE Library to Library Guided Walk Meet under the Atrium in Central Library and walk to the Lit & Phil. The route chosen will illustrate the city centre's development from Roman times, as well as aspects of Newcastle's cultural and literary history. The walks cover about one mile, and will take approximately one and a half hours. One further walks is happening on 17th September (limited places, book in advance).

Friday 5th | 1.10pm | FREE Lunchtime Guitar Recital - Matias Reed specialises in Venezuelan, Paraguayan, Renaissance and Baroque classical guitar. His passionate and intricate performances have delighted audiences and musicians alike, earning Matias a scholarship from Leeds College of Music.

Heritage Open Day Tours FREE

Thursday 11th | 10am | 11am | 2pm | 3pm

Friday 12th | 10am | 11am | 2pm | 3pm

Saturday 13th | 10am | 11am | 12noon | 1pm | 2pm | 3pm

Learn more about this beautiful and historial building

Friday 12th | 1.00pm | £4 Lunchtime Jazz | Djangologie

Monday 15th| 7.30pm | £6/5 Piano recital - Nicholas Butters & Alan Fearon

Nicholas Butters has had a busy career encompassing classical chamber music and recitals, jazz, blues and musical theatre. Alan Fearon has enjoyed a long association with Northern Sinfonia - he first played with the orchestra in 1968. He is now an Artistic Advisor to the Young Misicians Programme and works with many of its Youth Ensembles, including Young Sinfonia.

Wednesday 17th | 10.30am | FREE Library to Library Guided Walk See 3rd September for more details (limited places, book in advance).

Wednesday 17th | 1.00-3.00pm | Creative Writing Workshop with Kathleen Kenny (1of 6)

Thursday 18th September | 7.30pm | £8/6 Folk concert in the Main Library - Werca's Folk Werca’s Folk is a hugely popular choir of women’s voices, based in Morpeth. Directed bySandra Kerr, they sing a wide repertoire of world, folk and popular music. They have performed all over the country, representing Northumberland at the Royal Show, singing a number of times at Sage Gateshead and in the Whitby Folk Festival, and winning the first ever St Oswald's Choir of the Year in 2011.

Monday 22nd | 7pm | £40/35 Six Week Poetry Course with Ellen Phethean and Kathleen Kenny Creative exercises, critical one-to-ones and group support.

Wednesday 24th | 6pm | FREE Lecture | Lifejoy: How to write your book Dr Rebecca Williams Dinsdale works to inspire resilience through lectures and workshops

Thursday 25th |7pm | FREE | Book Launch | The Wilderness Within: Meditation and Modern Life (Canterbury Press, 2014). Local author Nicholas Buxton will be talking about his latest book on the subject of meditation in everyday life. Revd Dr Nicholas Buxton is the Vicar of St John's Church, Grainger Street, and author of Tantalus and the Pelican: Exploring Monastic Spirituality Today (Continuum, 2009). He has a PhD in Buddhist Philosophy and is an experienced meditation teacher and retreat leader.

Friday 26th | 10.15am | £60 or £7 per session 10 Week Course Writing for Children 4 | Ellen Phethean

Monday 29th | 7pm | FREE Poetry Launch | 'Arcana' poetry by Peter Bennet with illustrations by Birtley Aris. Red Squirrel Press


Wednesday 1st | 1.10pm | FREE Lunchtime Piano Recital - Simon Passmore has given solo recitals at numerous festivals across the UK and has featured as a concerto soloist both in the UK and abroad with orchestras including Young Sinfonia (Northern Sinfonia's youth counterpart), RNCM's Brand New Orchestra and Vacation Chamber Orchestra (VaCO). Simon is a Pilling Trust Scholar of St Ann's Manchester under the tutelage of Ronald Frost, and studies piano with Chetham's head of keyboard Murray McLachlan.

Thursday 2nd 7pm | National Poetry Day | FREE Join us to celebrate with a medley of Red Squirrel Press poets, Tom Kelly, Kathleen Kenny, Ellen Phethean, Fiona Ritchie Walker, Colin Will

Friday 3rd | 1.10pm | £4 Lunchtime Jazz | Mark Williams Trio

Monday 6th 7.30pm | £6/5 Jazz Concert | The Dean Stockdale Trio present A Tribute to Oscar Peterson

Wednesday 8th | 6pm | FREE | Dr Don Miller Augustus 2000 Years On (In association with the Classical Association)

Thursday 9th | 6pm | FREE Lecture | Sandy Irvine 'Oh What an unlovely war!' The First World War on film and tv

Friday 10th | 7.30pm | £6/5 Jazz Concert | Stephen Grew 'One of Europe’s most dedicated and imaginative pianists; Grew’s playing, free from the constraints of traditional harmonic, melodic and rhythmic structures, is a virtuosic tour-de-force of dynamic extremes, percussive effects and spontaneous atonal flourishes, by turns surprising, witty and breathtaking...' Manchester Jazz Festival 2011.

Monday 13th | 7pm | FREE Poetry Launch Josephine Scott's new full-length poetry collection, 'Rituals' and Ian Davidson's pamphlet, 'The Tyne and Wear Poems' Red Squirrel Press.

Thursday 16th | 7pm | £3 Readings | Kathleen Kenny

Friday 17th October | 7.30pm | £6/5 Jazz Concert - The BudTones | Presenting a mixture of jazz standards and originals, The Budtones were a regular fixture at The Jazz Café and continue to perform in the north east. They are comprised of Fiona Littlewood on vocals and tenor sax, Stuart Finden on tenor sax, Tim Knowles on guitar, Andrew Porrit on bass and Eric Stutt on drums.

Monday 3rd November | 1.10pm | FREE
Lunchtime Vocal Recital - Katie Cochrane (soprano) & David Murray (piano)

Thursday 6th November | 7.30pm | £8/7 | S.Y. Killingley Memorial Trust Concert

Friday 7th November | 1.00pm | £4 | Lunchtime Jazz @ the Lit & Phil - Paul Edis Solo

Friday 14th November | 7.30pm | £10/8 | Jazz Concert - Kate Daniels

Friday 21st November | 1.10pm | FREE | Lunchtime Vocal Recital - Ana Fernandez Guerra (soprano)

Wednesday 3rd December | 7.30pm | £6/5 | Jazz Concert - Lickety Split

Friday 5th December | 1.00pm | £4 | Lunchtime Jazz @ the Lit & Phil - Matt Anderson and Paul Edis

Monday 8th December | 8.00pm | £8/7 | Jazz Concert - The Porter Quartet

Monday 15th December | 7.30pm | £8/7 | Vocal Recital - Laura Attridge (soprano) & Claire Harris (piano)

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.