What’s on

Welcome to our events page! Please take a look at our rich and varied programme of events as listed below.

We do recommend booking your tickets in advance, either online or in person. If you would prefer to book directly over the phone, or if an event is sold out online, please contact the Library Desk team on 0191 232 0192 / library@litandphil.org.uk and we will be happy to help.

Although many events are free, The Lit & Phil depends on the support of members and guests to do its good work, and a minimum donation of £3 would be most welcome. Thank you!

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  • Lit & Phil Tours

    Wednesday 3rd January to Saturday 21st December

    Lit & Phil ‘Behind the books’ Tour

    FREE

  • H.E. Bates: The Man Who Made Pop Larkin

    Monday 20th May | 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    Actress Victoria Wicks talks about her grandfather, H.E. Bates, author of the much loved novels.

    LIVE Lit & Phil Event | FREE

  • Europe: The Emergence of a Disputed Idea

    Thursday 23rd May | 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    What did Europe mean to people during the Renaissance? Examine how the idea of Europe emerged in parallel with new ideas about nationhood and identity in the 16th century.

    LIVE Lit & Phil Event | FREE

  • Drop the Dead Donkey: the Reawakening!

    Friday 24th May | 1:00 pm

    BREAKING NEWS: After a brief hiatus of thirty years, the original cast of Drop the Dead Donkey is back together again, and for the very first time on stage.

    LIVE Lit & Phil Event | £10

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    Classics Association Lecture: A Talk with Katie East

    Wednesday 5th June | 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    This lecture will explore the rich eighteenth-century fashion of using the Catilinarian Conspiracy to confront the threat of political corruption to a vigorous and stable state.

    LIVE Lit & Phil Event | FREE

  • SOLD OUT

    Lunchtime Classical Recital: Sarah Roberts and Julia Kennard

    Friday 7th June | 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

    Lunchtime Classical Recital starring Sarah Roberts (violin) and Julia Kennard (piano)

    LIVE Lit & Phil Event | FREE

  • Invitation to an evening of short readings in the Lit & Phil Library

    Wednesday 12th June | 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    Please join us for an end of term celebration.

    LIVE Lit & Phil Event | FREE

  • Morning Conversations at the Lit & Phil | The British Empire – What is the Legacy?

    Saturday 8th June | 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

    The British Empire – What is the Legacy?

    LIVE Lit & Phil Event | FREE

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    Institute of Physics Talk | The fluid physics of tidal energy generation

    Monday 10th June | 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    In association with the North East Branch of the Institute of Physics.

    LIVE Lit & Phil Event | FREE

  • NU Ideas at the Lit & Phil | 12

    Thursday 13th June | 6:00 pm

    The twelfth in this series of talks in collaboration with Northumbria University, looks into post-break-up hallucinations and what can we learn from babies’ brains?

    LIVE Lit & Phil Event | FREE

  • Ukraine: Remember Also Me – Testimonies from the War

    Monday 17th June | 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    While reporting on the war in Ukraine in 2022 and 2023, the artist George Butler created striking illustrations and reporting to introduce us to the people behind the headlines.

    LIVE Lit & Phil Event | £3

  • FULLY BOOKED

    8 Week Creative Writing Course at the Lit & Phil

    Monday 17th June | 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    Join Kathleen Kenny in this wide ranging creative writing course exploring text, technique and style in both poetry and prose.

    LIVE Lit & Phil Event | £120

  • Policy of Deceit: Britain and Palestine 1914-1939

    Tuesday 18th June | 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    Peter Shambrook talks about his book, providing historical context to Britain’s role in Palestine and the Middle East during the 1920s and 1930s.

    Members’ priority booking until 24th May

    LIVE Lit & Phil Event | FREE

  • Edith Hall: Facing Down the Furies

    Thursday 20th June | 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    Edith Hall explores the psychological effect that suicide casts across generations. Talk & book signing.

    Priority booking for members until Friday 31st May

    LIVE Lit & Phil Event | FREE

  • SOLD OUT

    Lunchtime Jazz: Alan Barnes Salutes Wally Fawkes

    Friday 21st June | 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

    Alan Barnes (clarinet) celebrating famed clarinetist Wally Fawkes.

    LIVE Lit & Phil Event | £8

  • Lecture: Messiaen and his works

    Monday 1st July | 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    Pianist and Conductor Adam Johnson will look at techniques and inspirations that Messiaen used for his compositions

    LIVE Lit & Phil Event | FREE

  • Classical Concert: Quatuor pour la fin du temps

    Tuesday 2nd July | 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

    Jane Nozzek (violin),  Gabriel Waite (cello),  Jessica Lee (clarinet), Adam Johnson (piano)

    LIVE Lit & Phil Event | £15

  • FULLY BOOKED

    Book Launch | Trevor Wood: The Silent Killer

    Friday 12th July | 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    Join Newcastle-based writer Trevor Wood for the launch of his new novel, The Silent Killer, the first in a new police procedural series about a senior cop in the first stages of early onset dementia.

    LIVE Lit & Phil Event | FREE

  • Lunchtime Classical Recital: Colette Boushell and Adam Johnson

    Friday 12th July | 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

    British and Irish folk songs with Colette Boushell, (soprano), and Adam Johnson (piano).

    LIVE Lit & Phil Event | FREE

  • SOLD OUT

    Lunchtime Jazz: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio

    Friday 19th July | 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

    Join our Lunchtime Jazz with Luis Verde, an award-winning alto saxophonist.

    LIVE Lit & Phil Event | £8

  • Lunchtime Classical Recital: Laura Oldfield & Len Young

    Friday 26th July | 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

    Classical recital starring Laura Oldfield (mezzo-soprano) and Len Young (piano).

    LIVE Lit & Phil Event | FREE

  • Gail-Nina Anderson Lecture | A goodly portly man – his name is Falstaff.

    Monday 15th July | 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    A Gail-Nina Anderson lecture.
    Members priority booking until Friday 21st June.

    LIVE Lit & Phil Event | £5

  • SOLD OUT

    Lunchtime Jazz: WINDY CITY WEATHERBIRDS

    Friday 16th August | 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

    The Windy City Weatherbirds are back at the Lit & Phil for their second Lunchtime Jazz!

    LIVE Lit & Phil Event | £8

  • Lunchtime Classical Recital | Mainly Two

    Friday 2nd August | 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

    Marie Schreer and John Garner (violins and violas)

    LIVE Lit & Phil Event | FREE

  • Pudding Chare Music Festival | Beethoven to Bainton

    Friday 30th August | 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

    The Pudding Chare Music Festival with Alma Vink (violin), Seth Collin (cello), Levi Collin (piano), performing Beethoven.

    LIVE Lit & Phil Event | FREE

  • Pudding Chare Music Festival | Webern-Garth-Schubert

    Saturday 31st August | 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

    The Pudding Chare Music Festival with Alma Vink, Seth Collin, Daphne Delfas and others, performing works by Webern, John Garth and Schubert.

    LIVE Lit & Phil Event |£10 (free for under 18’s)

  • Pudding Chare Music Festival | Soir-Matin and others

    Thursday 29th August | 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    The Pudding Chare Music Festival with Seth Collin and others, performing works by Melanie Bonis, Ravel, William Shield and Faure.

    LIVE Lit & Phil Event |£10 (free for under 18’s)

  • Lunchtime Classical Recital: Iona Brown and David Murray

    Friday 27th September | 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

    Iona Brown, (violin) and David Murray (Piano), performing Brahms Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77.

    LIVE Lit & Phil Event | FREE

  • SOLD OUT

    Lunchtime Jazz: The Two Pianos of Jeff Barnhart & Neville Dickie

    Friday 13th September | 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

    A fantastic pianos performance by the incredible Jeff Barnhart and the amazing Neville Dickie.

    LIVE Lit & Phil Event | £8

  • Lunchtime Classical Recital: Kerem Trio

    Friday 6th September | 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

    Mihkel Kerem (Violin), Gregory Duggan (cello) and Adam Johnson (Piano).

    LIVE Lit & Phil Event | FREE

  • Lunchtime Classical Recital: Alison Gill

    Friday 6th December | 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

    Alison Gill is a renowned pianist, performing Grandos’ “Goyesecas”.

    LIVE Lit & Phil Event | FREE

  • The Spirits of Newcastle

    Friday 25th October | 7:00 pm

    With Cara Hamilton

    LIVE Lit & Phil Event | £12/£10 (concession)

  • Lunchtime Classical Recital | Alexandra Raikhlina & Yoshie Kawamura

    Friday 8th November | 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

    Alexandra Raikhlina, (violin), Yoshie Kawamura, (piano).
    This concert will be a fundraiser for the Brundibár Arts Festival

    LIVE Lit & Phil Event | FREE

  • Lunchtime Jazz: DANIEL JOHN MARTIN

    Friday 25th October | 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

    Lunchtime Jazz with Daniel John Martin, virtuoso violinist.

    LIVE Lit & Phil Event | £8