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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 by Sandra 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 | 7pm | 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. Ever since the days of the 'Great War' itself, films have powerfully shaped our impressions of that conflict, not just the events themselves but also their meaning and lessons for today. Most famous were ones that damned the war for its horrendous cost and ultimate futility. Yet there were many others with different messages. Retired film lecturer Sandy Irvine will give an illustrated talk looking at a wide range of movies about World War One, including a certain popular BBC TV sitcom.

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 and Ellen Phethean present new work from Lit & Phil creative writers

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.

Saturday 25th 11am and 12pm

Monday 27th October – Friday 31st October at 11am, 12noon, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm

Sat 1st November at 11am and 12noon only

A quest to explore the Lit & Phil’s wartime stories with a large dose of November Club magic…
It’s 1914. As the outside world changes forever, the Lit & Phil’s head librarian Mr Richardson has gone to fight for his country, leaving hapless Miss Hedley to step into the breach for the duration of the War.
She needs your help to search the library for some lost items. They’re urgently needed for soldiers at the Front. Look closely …and turn the pages of the Lit & Phil’s newest and most exciting collection. All stories are journeys… what will you find at the end of yours?
Featuring work by pupils of Walkergate Primary School, Newcastle, in response to the Lit and Phil’s wartime archives.

Booking information: Free, but must be booked in advance. Bookings cannot be taken at the Lit and Phil but must be made via the Juice website: http://www.shopnewcastlegateshead.com/tickets/juice-2/cautionary-tales-from-the-trenches/

Maximum number for each performance: 8

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Joicey Trust.

Monday 3rd November | 1.10pm | FREE

Lunchtime Vocal Recital - Katie Cochrane (soprano) & David Murray (piano)

Monday 3rd | 6pm | FREE | Lecture | Ken Smith Lord Armstrong: North East Inventor
and Philanthropist

Monday 3rd | 7pm | £40/35 | Six Week Short Story Writing Course
Ellen Phethean and Kathleen Kenny

Tuesday 4th | 6pm | FREE | Workshop | Nancy Campbell Ice and the Imagination
This wintery workshop will take classic works of polar exploration and natural history from the Lit & Phil collection for new writing about ice, snow and the environment.

Wednesday 5th | 7pm | FREE| Book Launch | Ann Cleeves reading from Thin Air, the sixth book in her Shetland series.

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

Friday 7th | 1.10pm | £4 Lunchtime Jazz | Paul Edis Solo

Friday 7th | 7pm | £10/8 | Robert Lloyd Parry is back by popular demand performing MR James Ghost Stories: Casting the Runes. Book early.

Monday 10th | 6pm | FREE | Lecture | Andrew Fletcher on Collective Animal Behaviour

Tuesday 11th | 6pm | £4/2 Lecture | Gail-Nina Anderson The Poppy in Art. The poppy was adopted in 1921 as the official symbol of the Royal British Legion, to be worn in honour of those who died in World War I. This illustrated talk discusses the visual and cultural history of the poppy, exploring its role and meanings in paintings, poetry and commemoration.

Wednesday 12th | 6pm | FREE | Robert Spence Watson Lecture 'George Orwell, English Rebel' with Rob Colls, Professor of Cultural History at De Montfort University

Thursday 13th | 7pm | FREE| Reading | Ellen Phethean, Leni Dipple, Tony Williams

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

Monday 17th | 7pm | FREE | Readings | Seven Words for Winter. In this reading Nancy Campbell will evoke the atmosphere of ‘the most northern museum in the world’ on the remote island of Upernavik in Greenland. These poems describe the disappearing arctic language and environment and retell the colourful myths of the Inuit coastal community.

Wednesday 19th | 7pm | FREE Northumbria University Post Graduate Creative Writing Readings

Thursday 20th | 7pm | FREE | Lecture | The Science of Singing with Prof. David Howard
Institute of Physics

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.