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Art, Literature and Music


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


Monday 2nd | 6-7.30pm | FREE | Reading Group on the Pseudo/Sciences of the Long Nineteenth Century Roisin McClosky, PhD student from Durham University will be introducing readings on the topic 'Children's Stories in Psychology and Literature'.

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 | Lord Moran, Churchill's physician during WWII, served as a young Medical Officer on the Western Front in the Great War.His experiences and acute powers of observation give us a detailed picture of the grim conditions and the behaviour of the men whose welfare he had an important part in protecting.

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. Dr Todd is a Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Oxford Her research interests focus on class, inequality, working-class history, feminism and women’s lives in modern Britain. Dr Todd’s recent book 'The People: The Rise and Fall of the Working Class, 1910-2010' (John Murray, 2014), explores the history of the working class during the 20th and 21st Centuries. This lecture will be followed by a book signing.

Friday 27th | 1pm | £4 | |Lunchtime Jazz at the Lit & Phil. James Birkett and Bradley Johnson take the audience on a musical journey which moves from early jazz and blues, through swing and bebop, to cool and contemporary jazz.

Friday 27th | 7.30pm | £5 Simon Taylor & The Sundowners will be performing a set of Continental and Latin jazz/ funk originals supported by Paul Taylor.

Thursday 9th 7pm | FREE | The Complete Poems of Jon Silkin | 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

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.



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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.