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Wednesday 28th | 6pm | £10/8 Special Event: MEMBERS ONLY Alexander Armstrong in conversation with Jonathan Yeo. Leading British portrait artist Jonathan Yeo is currently exhibiting his work at Newcastle’s Laing Art Gallery. Here he is interviewed about his life and work by his friend, our President Alexander Armstrong.

Due to anticipated high demand for this event we are restricting this event to members only, and advance payment must be made in order to secure a place.


Thursday 5th | 6.00pm | On the Edge of Faith: Ancient Wisdon for a Scientific World? Professor Tom McLeish (Durham University). A professor of Physics, Tom has published over 170 scientific papers and co-edited a collaborative volume on values in Higher Education. His most recent book is 'Faith and Wisdom in Science', which he will be signing after this lecture.

Working in partnership with Newcastle College to deliver FREE lectures to the general public

Thursday 5th | 6.00pm | FREE | The Shakespeare Club | This month’s play is Measure For Measure

Friday 6th | 1pm | £4 | Jazz Concert with Dean Stockdale and Lucy Baker Stockdale: From Gershwin to Gillespie

Friday 6th | 6pm | FREE | Red Squirrel invites you to a joint launch: Colin Will's dynamic poetry collection The Book of Ways and the energetic Double Bill - Poems inspired by popular culture with many poets reading.

Saturday 7th | 10.30am | FREE tour of the Library | A great way to find out more about the history of the Lit & Phil

Saturday 7th | 7pm | £4/3 | Sage young musicians programme (YMP) Concert

Wednesday 11th | 1pm | FREE Carols from the Coalfields Concert | Chris Harrison

Thursday 12th | 7pm | FREE | Reading | Elementary Writers, a group from Newcastle and North Tyneside, read excerpts from their new anthology Thrills 'n' Chills. Come along to hear poetry and short stories, perfect for a winter evening.

Monday 16th | 6pm | £4/2 Lecture | Gail-Nina Anderson Portraits, Photographs, Likenesses – the changing face of portrait practice

Wednesday 18th | 10.30am | FREE tour of the Library

Wednesday 25th | 6pm | FREE | Lecture | Robin Tudge | Postcard from Pyongyang

Saturday 7th | 10.30am | FREE | Tour of the Lit & Phil

Thursday 12th | 6pm | FREE | Newcastle College Lecture Series: Saving our bumblebees
Prof. Dave Goulson

Thursday 12th | 7pm | FREE Jo Colley and Sheree Mack

Monday 16th | 6pm | FREE | Lecture | Have Human Rights Gone Wrong? Julia Weatherall

Wednesday 18th | 10.30am | FREE Tour of the Lit & Phil

Wednesday 18th | 7pm | FREE Reading | Northumbria Uni Creative Writing Staff

Friday 20th | 7.30pm | £6/5 | Guitar Recital | Michael Woods

Monday 23rd | 7pm | £2 | Kathleen Kenny’s Creative Writing Group

Tuesday 24th | 6pm | FREE | Lecture | The Great War: A Doctor’s Experience, Ian McArdle

Wednesday 25th | 7pm | FREE Red Squirrel Press | Cynthia Fuller

Thursday 26th | 6pm | FREE | Newcastle College Lecture Series: Class Matters: voices from the British working class since 1910 - Dr Selina Todd

Friday 27th | 1pm | £4 | Lunchtime Jazz @ the Lit & Phil with James Birkett and Bradley Johnson.


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.