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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

Various dates

Lit & Phil 'Behind the books' tour

Free!

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Heritage Open Day Tours

Various dates

Heritage Open Days 2022

Free!

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Front cover Weathering The Storm by Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie

Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie

Friday 19th August 1pm

Lunchtime Jazz | Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie

Live | £7 

Read more Book online here

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TQ Live #2: Posset, Chelsea Hare, Bartholemew/Cusack

Friday 19th August 7pm

Posset | Chelsea Hare | Bartholemew/Cusack

Partnership with TQ magazine

Live | £10 Advance

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Two Brothers: the Life and Times of Bobby and Jackie Charlton

Wednesday 24th August 6pm

Jonathan Wilson in conversation with Dan Jackson

A FREE Lit & Phil Live Event 

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Double Book Launch: Kathleen Kenny and Kate Boston-Williams

Thursday 25th August 7pm

Readings from two new poetry collections produced by Kathleen Kenny and Kate Boston-Williams

FREE Lit & Phil Live Event

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The Hartley Trio

Friday 2nd September 1pm

Lunchtime Classical Concert | The Hartley Trio

A FREE Lit & Phil Live Event

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A Conspicuous Situation: How Newcastle's Lit & Phil arrived on Westgate Street

Friday 2nd September 6pm

A book launch by Alison Menzies

A FREE Lit & Phil Live Event 

Read more Book Online Here

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6 Week Creative Writing Course

Wednesday 7th September - Wednesday 26th October 1 - 3pm

Wednesday 9th November - Wednesday 14th December 1 - 3pm

With Kathleen Kenny

Live | £72

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8 Week Autumn Poetry Course

Wednesday 7th September - Wednesday 26th October 6pm-8pm

With Kathleen Kenny and Ellen Phethean 

Live | £96

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Hadrian’s Wall 1900: Mithras on Hadrian’s Wall

Wednesday 7th September 6pm

A lecture by Alan Beale

A FREE Lit & Phil Live Event

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The Innovative Lit & Phil Tour

Saturday 10th September 10am

Heritage Open Days 2022

Free!

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The Early Years of Gertrude Bell

Thursday 15th September 6pm 

With Margaret Bozic

A FREE Lit & Phil Live Event

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Jeff Barnhart

Friday 16th September 1pm

Lunchtime Jazz | Jeff Barnhart

Live | £7 

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A Parisian Soiree

Friday 16th September 7pm

Master Musicians International presents A MUSICAL PARISIAN SOIREE

Live | £8 

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Tales from the North East Coast

Monday 19th September 6pm

Ken Smith

Live | £3

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The Red Planet: A natural history of Mars

Tuesday 20th September 6pm

Dr Simon Morden

Live | £3

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The Letters of Basil Bunting

Wednesday 21st September 7pm

With Dr Alex Niven

A FREE Lit & Phil Live Event 

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Honeybee Diseases and Their Impacts

Thursday 22nd September 6pm

With Jacob Smith

A FREE Lit & Phil Live Event

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The History of Northumberland

Tuesday 27th September 6pm

A talk by John Grundy 

A FREE Lit & Phil Live Event | SOLD OUT

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The Beasts in the Margins with Gail-Nina Anderson

Wednesday 28th September 6pm 

The Beasts in the Margins with Gail-Nina Anderson

Live | £5

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Anthropology | Mark Solborg | Czajka & Puchacz | NFOJAIM

Thursday 29th September 7pm

Anthropology + Mark Solborg + Czajka & Puchacz | Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music 2022

Live | £12

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Adam Johnson | NFOJAIM

Friday 30th September 1pm

Adam Johnson | John Cage Prepared Piano | Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music 2022

Live | £7

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Exploring the Jazz Metaphor in Leadership and Management | NFOJAIM

Friday 30th September 2:30pm

Noel Dennis & Pete Churchill | Exploring the Jazz Metaphor in Leadership and Management (Workshop) | Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music 2022

Live | £7

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Orphy Robinson | NFOJAIM

Friday 30th September 6pm

Orphy Robinson | Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music 2022

Live | £7

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Binker Golding + Alexander Hawkins + John Pope + Paul Hession | Nicole Mitchell | Maniscalco + Bigoni + Solborg | NFOJAIM

Friday 30th September 7pm

Binker Golding + Alexander Hawkins + John Pope + Paul Hession | Nicole Mitchell | Maniscalco + Bigoni + Solborg | Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music 2022

Live | £12

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Nicole Mitchell + Alexander Hawkins | NFOJAIM

Saturday 1st October 1pm

Nicole Mitchell + Alexander Hawkins | Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music 2022

Live | £10

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Black Top + Mariam Rezaei | Daniel Levin | The Beck Hunters + John Pope + Laura Cole | Orphy Robinson in Conversation with Andy Hamilton | NFOJAIM

Saturday 1st October 6pm

Black Top + Mariam Rezaei | Daniel Levin | The Beck Hunters + John Pope + Laura Cole | Orphy Robinson in Conversation with Andy Hamilton| Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music 2022

Live | £12

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Helen Anahita Wilson | NFOJAIM

Sunday 2nd October 1pm

Helen Anahita Wilson | Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music 2022

Live | £7

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Shifa | Bex Burch + Leafcutter John | Farida Amadou | NFOJAIM

Sunday 2nd October 7pm

Shifa | Bex Burch + Leafcutter John | Farida Amadou | Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music 2022

Live | £12

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Blueprint Press Event

Wednesday 5th October 7pm 

A Blueprint Press Event

A FREE Lit & Phil Live Event

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The Lindisfarne Gospels and the Making of Northumbria

Monday 10th October 6pm 

With Professor Michelle Brown

Live | £5

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Autumn 8 Week Creative Writing Course

Monday 17th October - Monday 5th December 6pm - 8pm

With Kathleen Kenny and Ellen Phethean

Live | £96 

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The Witches of Newcastle

Friday 21st October 7pm

with Cara Hamilton

Live | £12/10

Read more BOOK ONLINE HERE

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The Real and the Romantic: English Art between Two World Wars

Tuesday 25th October 6pm 

With Frances Spalding

Live | £5

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Haunted: The Border Readers

Wednesday 26th October 7pm

Haunted: Readings by The Border Readers

Live | £7 

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IT’S GRIM UP NORTH: A script in hand performance of a classic North East sitcom.

Friday 28th October 7pm 

Written by the creators of Dirty Dusting and Maggie’s End, Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood. Directed by Jamie Brown

Live | £8/£6 

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Excavating Lindisfarne: New Light on the Early Medieval Monastery

Wednesday 9th November 6pm 

With David Petts

A FREE Lit & Phil Live Event

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Songs by Shield and Flanders | William Shield Festival

Friday 14th October 1pm

With Gordon Dixon, John Treherne + Charles Luxford

Live | £10/5 

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Baroque Flute | William Shield Festival

Friday 14th October 7:30pm

With Peter Harrison, Julia Elliott and Vox Populi

Live | £10/5 

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Baroque Beauty | William Shield Festival

Saturday 15th October 11am

With Andri Bjorn Robertsson, Ruth Robertsson and John Treherne

Live | £10/5 

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Music from a Georgian Drawing Room | William Shield Festival

Saturday 15th October 1:30 pm

With Peter Harrison, Rachel Thomas  and John Treherne

Live | £10/5 

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William Shield lecture | William Shield Festival

Saturday 15th October 3 pm

Lecture on Shield

A FREE Lit & Phil Live Event 

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Schlusskonzert: William Shield Festival

Saturday 15th October 4pm

A musical performance

A FREE Lit & Phil Live Event 

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The Keening Women of Ireland and Vaughan Williams

Thursday 20th October 6:30pm

With Imogen Gunner

A FREE Lit & Phil Live Event 

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In Memory of the Fallen | 1920

Wednesday 2nd November 6pm

With Ian McArdle

A FREE Lit & Phil Live Event 

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Alessandra Amorino | Kate Halsall

Friday 4th November 1pm

Lunchtime Classical Concert | Alessandra Amorino &  Kate Halsall

A FREE Lit & Phil Live Event

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M.R. James | Casting the Runes

Friday 11th November 7pm

Performed by Robert Lloyd Parry

Live | £12 

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A Christmas Carol

Thursday 17th November 7pm

Performed by Gerald dickens

Live | £12 

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Northumberland: a guide

Tuesday 29th November 6pm

with Stephen Platten

A FREE Lit & Phil Live Event 

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The Spirits of Newcastle

Friday 9th December 7pm

with Cara Hamilton

Live | £12/10

Read more BOOK ONLINE HERE

Refund policy

Unfortunately we cannot give refunds if you can no longer attend an event, or no longer wish to do so. If the event you have booked is cancelled or rescheduled then you are entitled to a refund.

 

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