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Deer Shed Festival 8 Literary & Spoken Word Line-up Announced

Owen Jones leads a formidable literary and spoken word line up for #DeerShed 8 this year at the North Yorkshire family friendly festival near Topcliffe. With music headliners including Divine Comedy and Teenage Fanclub and lots of top comedy led by Hal Cruttenden, John Shuttleworth and Justin Moorhouse the July festival looks set to be a top weekend. #Deershed is 21-23rd July 2017 at Baldersby ....


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Public Poetry Project Unveiled In Middlesbrough

The writing is on the wall for Middlesbrough’s burgeoning town centre with the unveiling of poetry adorning prominent buildings. Ten pieces of classic and contemporary literature (including poetry and literary quotes) will be hand painted on walls visible throughout the town centre. The Public Poetry scheme is building on the success of Middlesbrough Council’s recent street art ....


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Summer Reading Challenge

  This year’s Summer Reading Challenge – The Big Friendly Read – starts this Saturday!!!! Children aged 4 to 11 can sign up at any Middlesbrough Library to take part in the challenge where they have to read six library books during the summer holidays. They’ll receive incentives along the way and a special collectors’ wallet to collect fantastic Roald Dahl character cards in. Last year almost 1000 children took part in the challenge and we’d love ....


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Now Is The Summer Of Our Literary Event…

Shakespeare will be brought to life for literary fans as part of the opening of the 2016 Crossing the Tees book festival. The annual event launches on Friday, June 10, from 6pm-8pm, in Middlesbrough Reference Library with a tribute to the Bard. Local theatre group Less is More will perform a short sequence from A Midsummer Night’s Dream followed by refreshments and cakes. Also on display will be a series of banners created by North East artists and community groups that each offer a ....


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Book Club Freewheels Into Captain Cook Coincidence

A Boro book club is using the Tour de Yorkshire as inspiration for its next read – and has stumbled across a bizarrely relevant book. The BSK Book Club will meet at the Twisted Lip in Middlesbrough from 6.45pm on Wednesday, April 6 to discuss Lone Traveller: One Woman, Two Wheels and the World by Anne Mustoe. The group decided at their previous meeting to celebrate the Tour de Yorkshire ....


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Boro-born Author Launches New Book In Hometown

    Middlesbrough-born author and illustrator Katy Hudson is unveiling her latest book Too Many Carrots at two hometown events. Katy was raised in Middlesbrough and started her illustration career as a small child drawing on freshly painted walls around the house leading her parents to encourage drawing with pencil and paper instead. Too Many Carrots is Katy’s second solo work, following Bear and Duck which received strong reviews. She has also won awards for her ....


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Free Walk And Talk Trail Quiz To Support Literacy

Families are being encouraged to visit Middlesbrough’s best known landmarks as part of a quiz which aims to improve children’s literacy. The Middlesbrough Reading Campaign has teamed up with the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima) and Middlesbrough Libraries to launch a fun literacy activity for families called the Middlesbrough walk and talk trail quiz which celebrates the ....


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Transported Into Creative Writing - Workshop And Performance

Budding wordsmiths are invited to hone their skills – with one of the region’s true icons as inspiration. The Tees Transporter Bridge will be the theme for a writing workshop organised by the Teesside Literary Society and poet and playwright Andy Willoughby. All are welcome to take part in the workshop on Wednesday, July 15 which is suitable for all abilities. Andy, a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Teesside University, said: “I think this is an ....


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Chance To Be A Record Breaker With This Year’s Summer Reading Challenge

Middlesbrough Libraries are getting ready to encourage young readers to explore some of the astonishing real-life achievements and world records featured in the Guinness World Records Books as part of the Summer Reading Challenge 2015 with a special launch event on Saturday, July 11 at Middlesbrough Central Library from 11am-1pm. The Summer Reading Challenge is a national scheme from the Reading Agency which is free to take part in and is designed to encourage children aged four to 12 years to ....


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Middlesbrough St. Hilda’s Timelines

A brand new book of photos of St Hilda’s is being launched this weekend. These pictures lift the lid on the old town known for years as “over the border.” Made public for the first time the photos show the real St Hilda’s from the early days to the present Middlehaven revival. Dorman Museum are pleased to be hosting the launch of the latest book by local author Araf ....


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Celebrate World Book Night With Regional Authors

Regional  authors Bryan and Mary Talbot will be in town next week to mark World Book Night. The event – hosted by Middlesbrough Libraries sand Teesside University World Book Night – takes place on Thursday, April 23 from 7pm. The Sunderland-based authors will present their graphic novel ‘Sally Heathcote: Suffragette’ at Teesside University Library, Southfield ....


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Waiting For Richard And Harry

Two giants of the Teesside literary scene join forces for a unique, one-off event! Harry Pearson and Richard Milward at the Waiting Room, Eaglescliffe - this Sunday.Harry Pearson shot to national notoriety in 1995, when his book The Far Corner: A Mazy Dribble Through North-Eastern Football somehow managed to make FA Trophy First Round ties seem impossibly exciting (or at least bleakly hilarious), and it’s now widely regarded as one of the finest football books of all time. He’s ....


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Harry Potter Set To Cast A Spell Over Central Library

  Young wizards, witches and muggles have a treat in store when Middlesbrough Central Library stages its own Harry Potter Book Night. The first event of its kind will see celebrations held around the world on Thursday, February 5 to mark the relaunch of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books by publishers Bloomsbury. Middlesbrough’s special evening of wizarding fun runs from 5pm to 7pm and will feature games, activities, readings and quizzes. The entertainment gets under ....


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Tees Women Poets Perform This Weekend At Mima

A new and immersive experience of mima’s current exhibition ARTIST ROOMS Louise Bourgeois: A Woman Without Secrets is on offer to visitors in the show’s final weekend. Tees Women Poets will perform Women Without Secrets at mima this Saturday 11 October, in response to the themes within the current exhibition. The group Tees Women Poets has been established by England’s leading performance poetry and spoken word organisation Apples and Snakes to develop the performance skills ....


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Crossing The Tees - Selling Fast

  Tickets are now selling really quickly for Middlesbrough and Stockton book festival, Crossing The Tees so don't delay if there's a particular event you want to come to. You can view a copy of the brochure here www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/libraries or pick up a copy in any Middlesbrough or Stockton library. Highlights include: An Evening with Joanne Harris - Tuesday 10 June - 7-9pm at Middlesbrough Central Library. Tickets £7  (Tel: 01642 729002) Joanne will be talking about ....


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Crossing The Tees Festival Launched

A brand new literary festival is Crossing The Tees to bring together lovers of the spoken and written word in Middlesbrough and Stockton. The two-week celebration of reading, writing, music and the spoken word, runs in the towns’ libraries from Friday, June 6 to Saturday, June 21, bringing a range of high profile authors and events to Teesside. While Middlesbrough and Stockton Councils ....


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World Book Night Celebration In Middlesbrough

Tonight there is an evening of poetry and music planned to celebrate World Book Night in Middlesbrough. The town’s library service has teamed up with Teesside University to host the event at the Baker Street Kitchen, located on the corner of Baker Street and Albert Road. Stockton poet and Interim Director of mima Mark Robinson will perform from his collection How I Learned To Sing and also talk about his work at the café between 7pm-9pm on Wednesday, April 23. He said: ....


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New Transporter Bridge Book Seeks Perspectives On Tees Landmark

  A writer exploring the social and cultural aspects of Teesside’s Transporter Bridge is seeking stories and anecdotes from local people. The Tees Transporter Bridge book is the first in The Girl on the Bridge series of books by author Helen Cox, which explore the cultural importance of bridges around the world. Helen is welcoming contributions from both men and women. However, in ....


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Mc Academy Students Hear Sound Of Success

A Teesside college that is one of the UK’s first approved to deliver full-time education to under-16s has turned to an award-winning reading scheme to give its students a boost. Sound Training for Reading is proving to be ‘top of the class’ at the new MC Academy at Middlesbrough College, inspiring 14 and 15-year-olds to improve their reading ages by more than two years in ....


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Mood-boosting Books Winner Announced

Middlesbrough’s top ten mood-boosting books – featuring a host of celebrity endorsed novels – have now been unveiled. Late last year Middlesbrough Library Services appealed to people to vote for the books they thought would brighten a fellow reader’s day. Big names including Hollywood megastar Minnie Driver, “Voice of the Boro” Alistair Brownlee, Strictly ....


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Andy Kershaw At Mbro Literary Festival

  The fifth Middlesbrough Literary Festival begins on Saturday June 15th with a variety of events for the entire family taking place at Middlesbrough Central Library throughout the day and a spectacular spoken word, music and comedy cabaret on the evening. The ethos of the Middlesbrough Literary Festival is to celebrate the word in all its forms through reading, writing, music and spoken word and we have something to cover all these forms in this year’s programme.  We are ....


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Alison Gangel At Middlesbrough Central Library

  Seven-year-old Ailsa Dunn's Ma is prettier than all the other mothers, her Da is the most handsome man in the world. They're made for each other. But the grown-up world is more complicated than that... Alison Gangel reads from her inspiring memoir The Sun Hasn't Fallen from the Sky Wednesday 10th April at 7pm Middlesbrough Central Library FREE ENTRY Alison Gangel was born in ....


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Poetry By Heart At Middlesbrough Central Library

  Middlesbrough Central Library is hosting an evening of poetry this Thursday (March 28) from 6.30pm. The historic library has been chosen to host the county finals of the Poetry By Heart competition before the finals in London next month. Poetry By Heart is a national competition encouraging young people between 14 and 18 to discover poetic works, recite poetry and create their ....


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Steps In The Write Direction

  I have been writing creatively for many years and I’ve been walking for around five years. Well, actually, I’ve been walking since I took my first ever baby steps. What I mean to say is that I’ve been leading health walks as part of my profession for five years. It therefore made sense, to me, to combine these two aspects of my life in order to encourage writers to go ....


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Calling All Boro Book Worms

Boro Book Worm, Middlesbrough’s only independent book shop has proudly opened a new store along leafy Linthorpe Road at the Forbes Buildings. Owner and local literati - Khasim Hussain hosted an opening day featuring readings by local writers, exotic food and a book making workshop by the lovely Humble Bumble Bug creator, Plumleaf Arts Golden. It is just the kind of friendly atmosphere ....


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