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Art, Literature and Music


Thursday 25th June | 7.00pm | FREE | An evening of spoken word and music | Tuesday's Childe presents 'Down to the seas again', words and music exploring our relationship with the sea. Free entry and a glass of wine.

Friday 26th | 1.10pm | FREE Viola and Piano Recital Laura Newton and David Murray - For this programme of Bax and Britten the ever popular David Murray is joined by Arco String Quartet Violist Laura Newton.

Monday 29th | 7pm | FREE | Paul Edis Ear Training


Friday 3rd | 7pm | £5/3
Summer Phantoms @ the Phil
So it’s mid-summer, the solstice has slipped by and we’re still basking in long sunny days that keep the darkness away? Don’t you believe it – gloomy shadows are lurking just out of sight, ready to gather ominously and remind us that the spooky side of things can cast a shade even over beach-balls and bikinis…

Yes, once again Sean O’Brien and Gail-Nina Anderson will be reading original ghost stories, joined this time by local author Simon Morden.

Saturday 4th | 10.30am | FREE | Tour of the Lit & Phil

Monday 6th | 8pm | £10/8 Mette Rasmussen and Chris Corsano Since her first Tyneside appearance with Trio Riot, saxophonist Mette Rasmussen has seen her reputation spread rapidly throughout Europe and further afield, leading to recent gigs with such luminaries as the legendary Alan Silva, Albert Ayler and Sun Ra. But possibly her most exciting new collaboration is with drummer Chris Corsano, whose wide-ranging CV embraces work with artists as celebrated (and as diverse) as Jim O'Rourke, Evan Parker and Bjork.

Wednesday 8th | 10.30am | FREE | Summer Tours
Walking West: glimpses of old Newcastle

Thursday 9th | 8pm | £10/8
Jazz North East | Greg Abate with Paul Edis Trio. Greg Abate, globally renowned jazz saxophonist and composer, joins the Paul Edis Trio (whom he describes as his favourite rhythm section in the UK) for another great gig – the sound of the 50s delivered with the imaginative energy of 2015.

Friday 10th | 1.10pm | FREE
Flute and Piano Recital with Claire Crinson and Emily Murray.
Performing pieces by Bozza, Ibert and Messiaen Flautist Claire is whose recent performances include the Reinecke Flute Concerto with Durham University and with the Palatinate Orchestra. She is joined by pianist Emily Murray who has played at many prestigious events including the Royal Wedding, Trooping the Colour and the Royal Festival of Remembrance.

Saturday 11th | OPEN DAY | Library open 9.30am - 4.00pm

If you’ve never been to the Lit & Phil, put this date in your diary. It’s a full day of FREE events and a great opportunity to see what the Library has to offer. The library opens at 9.30am and there are FREE tours of the building at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm or 2.30pm.

10am-10.45am Literary & Philosophical Jesmond. Keith Jewitt explores the rich literary heritage of the area since 1800.

11.15am-12noon Medical Services in the Great War. Ian McArdle examines the medical challenges and the hard-learned lessons of the Great War, invaluable for future combat.

12.30pm – 1.15pm Musical Storytelling: Winnie the Pooh. A concert for all the family with Yoshie Kawamura.

1.45pm-2.30pm Hauntings in the Library The GHOSTnortheast team share photos, videos and their experiences of 5 years investigating the Lit & Phil.

3pm-3.45pm Astronomy for Kids: A Cosmic Journey. Join Richard Hornby and his friend Hodge on a journey through space and the solar system. We will explore the amazing size of space, some of the sites in deep space and some a lot closer to home. Suitable for 8+

4.15pm-5pm The Vampire Rabbit and his Curious Kin Gail-Nina Anderson

Crouching above a doorway behind St. Nicholas’ Cathedral is the small sculpture of a bunny so inexplicably fierce that it has become known as The Vampire Rabbit. This talk explores the strange traditions concerning rabbits and hares in folklore, religion and art, and speculates as to why Newcastle should have found itself with such a ferocious specimen.

5.30pm-6.15pm Crime writer, creator of Vera and the Shetland series, Ann Cleeves in conversation with Gail-Nina Anderson. Book signing.

Please call/email to reserve a place on any event/tour.

Saturday 11th | 7.30pm | £10/8 | Northern Praeclassica. The Emancipation of the Dissonant Season Initially performing Choral music from the 16th Century but now embracing music of all periods Northern Praeclassica perform works by Orlando Gibbons and Tippet.

Wednesday 15th | 10.30am | FREE | Tour of the Lit & Phil

Thursday 16th |1.10pm | £4 The Emancipation of the Dissonant Season
Piano Recital | Stephen Raine
Performing Bach, Schubert and Mozart, Stephen returns from performing in Rome and celebrating the release of his first album by performing pieces that explore harmony.

Friday 17th | 1pm | £4 | Lunchtime Jazz @ the Lit & Phil - Sue Ferris Trio

Friday 17th | 7pm | £6/5 | Windborne Singers The Windborne Singers specialise in close harmony singing, shifting effortlessly between drastically different styles of traditional music within the same concert. Their musical knowledge spans many continents and cultures, but they remain deeply rooted in American folk singing traditions.

Saturday 18th | 11am | £2 Early Bird Jazz Sessions with Paul Edis. The second in the series of concerts featuring the best young and emerging jazz musicians in the North.

Wednesday 22nd | 10.30am | FREE | Summer Tours Walking West: glimpses of old Newcastle

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.