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Saving lives at sea

“A Strange Kind of Patronage” or How the Literary and Philosophical Society helped Henry Greathead fool Parliament and created the myth of the invention of the lifeboat.

Mothman from a painting by Fuseli

How we see them

Gail Nina Anderson tells of fairies, who told what tales where and when, and how variations were coloured by religious beliefs, dialect., local landscape and economy - or perhaps just the flair of a particular storyteller.

Literary and Philosophical Jesmond - walk 3

For his final outing, Keith Jewitt takes us on the highways and byways of Jesmond, encountering a witch, a well and the watchers.

Reading under lockdown review competition

Following on from the success of our first competition to write a haiku, we are delighted to announce a brand new competition to write a short review of a book that you have enjoyed or had significance for you during lockdown.

Photo of Debbie Smith

Life & Loves with Debbie Smith

From our Summer Magazine, the full interview with illustrious local author Debbie Smith.

"...given the importance of climate change, impinging as it does upon our everyday lives, I attach great importance to the ability of scientists to communicate effectively and clearly to the wider public and those in authority"

A bat


A short story about the times we live in by local author and Lit & Phil member Mike Golding.

Flag of the Weimar Republic

Weimar 1919-1933: Dancing on a Volcano

Dr Hilary Potter, a lecturer in German at Newcastle University, had planned to set up a Weimar Germany exhibition at The Lit & Phil in June and July, as well as a related lecture programme. Unfortunately that has had to be put on at least temporary hold, so meanwhile, and to give you a tater, Dr. Potter has written a short blog about what to expect and how to get involved.

Ticket for Beatles concert in Newcastle at 6.30pm on 8th June 1963

She loves you

She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah
She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah
She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

You think you lost your love
Well, I saw her yesterday
It's you she's thinking of
And she told me what to say

She says she loves you
And you know that can't be bad
Yes, she loves you
And you know you should be glad

John Meade Faulkner

Literary and Philosophical Jesmond – Walk 2

The second of Keith Jewitt's guided amble around a part of Jesmond with some interesting literary connections. The photo is of author John Meade Faulkner, a sometime resident of Jesmond Dene House.

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