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Sunderland<br />

Literature<br />

CREATIVE<br />

WRITING<br />

<strong>Festival</strong><br />

2016


Sunderland Literature & CREATIVE WRITING <strong>Festival</strong> 2016<br />

www.sunderland.gov.uk/libraries<br />

www.litwritfestival.com<br />

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Sunderland Literature & CREATIVE WRITING <strong>Festival</strong> 2016<br />

Welcome to the<br />

Sunderland<br />

Literature<br />

CREATIVE<br />

WRITING<br />

<strong>Festival</strong><br />

2016<br />

Sunderland Literature & Creative Writing<br />

<strong>Festival</strong> - This annual celebration of the<br />

written word has something for everyone.<br />

The diverse programme features many local<br />

artists and authors including Jayne Hughes,<br />

Fiona Veitch Smith, Amanda Revell Walton<br />

and Tony Wilson as well as a Comedy<br />

Writing Workshop and Writing Crime<br />

Fiction with Ann Cleeves and David Mark.<br />

The majority of the events are FREE.<br />

If you need further information about any<br />

event please enquire at the venue where<br />

the event will take place or<br />

www.sunderland.gov.uk/libraries or<br />

www.litwritfestival.com<br />

If you haven’t been to the festival or a<br />

library service event before, look through<br />

the programme and try something new.<br />

You’ll be surprised at what is on offer. A<br />

variety of local venues are hosting events,<br />

so you should be able to find something<br />

near to where you live.<br />

We are organising some events<br />

just for schools. These are listed<br />

at the back of the programme.<br />

You can find out more<br />

from our Schools<br />

Library Service.<br />

Important information<br />

• Children under 8 years must be<br />

accompanied by an adult at all events<br />

• For details regarding ease of access to<br />

any of the events please contact the<br />

host venue<br />

• Latecomers will be admitted at the<br />

organisation’s discretion<br />

Brought to you in collaboration<br />

with MAC Trust Sunderland<br />

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Sunderland Literature & CREATIVE WRITING <strong>Festival</strong> 2016<br />

Friday 30 September<br />

Sunderland<br />

on Film Take 2<br />

Quayside Exchange, High Street East<br />

Viewings at 2.30pm and 6.30pm<br />

Booking required - ticket £6.00<br />

Tickets available from City Library and<br />

Arts Centre and Ticketsource -<br />

www.ticketsource.co.uk<br />

A second film to further showcase<br />

Sunderland’s vibrant past, using archived<br />

footage put together by the North East Film<br />

Archive. Join us for another trip down<br />

memory lane.<br />

A DVD compiled with footage for both<br />

Sunderland on Film 1 and 2 will be available<br />

to purchase on the night and from other<br />

outlets from 1 October 2016<br />

Saturday 1 October<br />

Goodnight Mr Brave:<br />

children’s<br />

illustration activity<br />

Washington Town Centre Library<br />

10.30 – 11.30am,<br />

Booking required<br />

Suggested donation £2<br />

Jayne Hughes, BA (Hons) Illustration and<br />

Design Graduate from University of<br />

Sunderland, demonstrates how to draw<br />

characters from her children’s book<br />

‘Goodnight Mr Brave’.<br />

Spectral Visions<br />

Book Launch<br />

Dandy Longlegs, Silksworth Row, 6pm<br />

Spectral Visions Press is an innovative new<br />

publishing house located at the University<br />

of Sunderland. It specialises in publishing<br />

outstanding works of creative writing, niche<br />

pieces, and writing concerned with, and<br />

inspired by, Gothic literature and Gothic<br />

studies. To include - Supernatural Wearside,<br />

Around the World in 40 Fairytales and<br />

Wearside and Living Libraries.<br />

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Sunderland Literature & CREATIVE WRITING <strong>Festival</strong> 2016<br />

Monday 3 October<br />

Rhyme Time<br />

Houghton Library, 10am<br />

Join our Children’s Centre team for a fun,<br />

lively session of songs, rhymes and actions.<br />

Fiona Veitch Smith<br />

City Library and Arts Centre<br />

11.30am – 12.30pm<br />

Booking required<br />

Suggested donation £2 .00<br />

‘Flappers, fops and murder: writing crime<br />

fiction in the Jazz Age’. North East author<br />

Fiona Veitch Smith, whose novel ‘The Jazz<br />

Files’ is on the shortlist for the Crime<br />

Writers Association Historical Dagger award<br />

for the best historical crime novel of 2016,<br />

will be reading from her latest book ‘The Kill<br />

Fee’ from the ‘Poppy Denby Investigates’<br />

series.<br />

Senior Scribblers<br />

City Library and Arts Centre<br />

1.30 – 2.30pm<br />

The Senior Scribblers meet weekly to share<br />

ideas and support fellow creative writers.<br />

New members welcome.<br />

Monday<br />

Reading Group<br />

City Library and Arts Centre<br />

2 – 3.15pm<br />

Join the monthly reading group for a lively<br />

discussion of ‘The Innocent’ by Scott<br />

Turow. New members welcome.<br />

Alan Parkinson -<br />

local crime writer<br />

National Glass Centre, Liberty Way<br />

3 – 4pm<br />

Booking required<br />

Suggested donation £2.00<br />

This talk by Sunderland born writer Alan<br />

Parkinson, who has spent the majority of<br />

his life living in his native city, explores his<br />

two novels, ‘Leg It’ and ‘Idle Threats’. Both<br />

are set in Sunderland and lean heavily on<br />

his experiences growing up in Southwick<br />

and living and working on Wearside.<br />

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Sunderland Literature & CREATIVE WRITING <strong>Festival</strong> 2016<br />

Tuesday 4 October<br />

Rhyme Time<br />

Shiney Row Library, 9.30am<br />

Join our Children’s Centre team for<br />

a fun, lively session of songs, rhymes<br />

and actions.<br />

Rhyme Time<br />

Washington Town Centre Library, 10am<br />

Join our library team for a fun, lively session<br />

of songs, rhymes and actions.<br />

Story Time<br />

City Library and Arts Centre, 11am<br />

Bring your toddler along to our weekly<br />

story time and instil a love of reading from<br />

an early age. These sessions are a great way<br />

to introduce young children to libraries.<br />

Children can join the library and take out<br />

books on their own library card.<br />

Against the Grayne:<br />

Learning about your<br />

Reiver ancestry<br />

City Library and Arts Centre, 1 – 2pm<br />

Booking required<br />

A talk by Colin Younger, Senior Lecturer,<br />

University of Sunderland.<br />

Family History<br />

Taster Sessions<br />

City Library and Arts Centre<br />

2.30 – 3pm and 3 – 3.30pm<br />

Learn how to investigate your family history<br />

with a short introduction to the facilities<br />

and resources the Local Studies library has<br />

to offer. To book contact Local Studies<br />

Library.<br />

Witchcraft and<br />

Wizardry in<br />

Wearside<br />

Washington Old Hall, 6.30 – 8pm<br />

Booking required<br />

A talk by Colin Younger and Alison Younger,<br />

Senior Lecturers, University of Sunderland.<br />

Folklore is the traditional, unofficial, part of<br />

culture. It encompasses all knowledge,<br />

understandings, values, attitudes,<br />

assumptions, feelings and beliefs,<br />

transmitted in traditional forms by word of<br />

mouth or by customary examples. Our<br />

purpose is to examine historical cases of<br />

witches in Wearside, from the Cauld Lad of<br />

Hylton to the Witches of Southwick.<br />

Blue Bell<br />

Reading Group<br />

Blue Bell Pub, Fulwell Road, 7 – 8.15pm<br />

Come and join the group for a lively<br />

discussion of ‘Room’ by Emma Donoghue.<br />

New members welcome.<br />

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Sunderland Literature & CREATIVE WRITING <strong>Festival</strong> 2016<br />

Wednesday 5 October<br />

Amanda Revell<br />

Walton - The<br />

Shipyard Girls<br />

City Library and Arts Centre,<br />

10.30 – 11.30am<br />

Booking required<br />

Suggested donation £2.00<br />

Writing under the pen name Nancy Revell,<br />

writer and journalist Amanda Revell Walton<br />

was brought up in Sunderland and comes<br />

from a long line of shipbuilders. Her saga<br />

series ‘The Shipyard Girls’, published by<br />

Random House/Arrow, follows the fortunes<br />

of the first female workers in the<br />

Sunderland shipyards during the Second<br />

World War. There will be a question and<br />

answer session and book signing by the<br />

author.<br />

Rhyme Time<br />

City Library and Arts Centre, 10am<br />

Join our library team for a fun, lively session<br />

of songs, rhymes and actions.<br />

Foyle Street Writers<br />

City Library and Arts Centre, 10 – 12noon<br />

Foyle Street Writers meet weekly to share<br />

ideas and support fellow creative writers.<br />

New members welcome.<br />

Tiny Tweeties<br />

Houghton Library, 10 – 11am<br />

A lively music and song session for<br />

preschool children involving puppets,<br />

songs, dancing and instruments. The Tiny<br />

Tweeties duo have performed on CBeebies<br />

and their music resources are used in<br />

schools across the globe. Engaging and<br />

creative fun for little ones!<br />

Visually Impaired<br />

Reading Group<br />

Washington Town Centre Library<br />

10 – 11am<br />

The group meets monthly and new<br />

members are welcome to share their love<br />

of books. Please contact Washington Town<br />

Centre Library for more details.<br />

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Sunderland Literature & CREATIVE WRITING <strong>Festival</strong> 2016<br />

Coalfields Reading<br />

Group<br />

Hetton Library, 10.30am<br />

Join the monthly reading group for a lively<br />

discussion of ‘The Girl on a Train’ by Paula<br />

Hawkins. New members welcome.<br />

Pooh and<br />

other Bears<br />

Fulwell Library, 2pm<br />

Commemorating the 90th Anniversary of<br />

‘Winnie the Pooh’ being published. Bring<br />

along your favourite teddy to this Winnie<br />

the Pooh themed session.<br />

Wellness Reading<br />

Group<br />

Washington MIND, The Life House,<br />

Grasmere Terrace,<br />

2 – 3pm<br />

The group meets monthly and new<br />

members are welcome to share their love<br />

of books. The group will be discussing<br />

‘Shining Girls’ by Lauren Beukes.<br />

Washington Library<br />

Reading Group<br />

Washington Town Centre Library<br />

5.45 – 6.45pm<br />

Join the monthly reading group for a lively<br />

discussion of ‘Back When We Were Grown<br />

Ups’ by Anne Tyler. New members<br />

welcome.<br />

Northern Gothic:<br />

Jayne Harvey’s<br />

the Castle of<br />

Tynemouth<br />

Ship Isis, Silksworth Row, 6.30 – 8pm<br />

By Dr Alison Younger, Senior Lecturer,<br />

University of Sunderland. The purpose of<br />

Gothic is arguably to create an atmosphere<br />

of suspense and terror. It is filled with<br />

supernatural beings, legends and<br />

superstitions, combined with an<br />

appreciation for the wilderness and a<br />

fascination with antiquarianism and<br />

medieval chivalry. Combined these aspects<br />

create what is known as the Burkean<br />

Sublime; the experience of fear and awe<br />

when the human is confronted with the<br />

vast, the excessive and the uncontainable.<br />

This talk will draw on issues relating to a<br />

Northern Sublime in relation to Jane<br />

Harvey’s novel: The Castle at Tynemouth: A<br />

Tale (1806) and relate this, through its<br />

distinctive use of setting and the pathetic<br />

fallacy to the historical mileu and the<br />

surrounding area of the northern region.<br />

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Sunderland Literature & CREATIVE WRITING <strong>Festival</strong> 2016<br />

Thursday 6 October<br />

National<br />

Poetry Day<br />

Ancestry<br />

Taster Session<br />

Houghton Library, 10 – 12noon<br />

Investigate your family history with this<br />

short introduction on how to use the<br />

Ancestry website. For further details<br />

contact Houghton Library.<br />

The Trouble<br />

with Compassion<br />

City Library and Arts Centre, 1 – 2.15pm<br />

Booking required<br />

Suggested donation £2.00<br />

A solo show for anyone with a heart…<br />

The world would be a better place if people<br />

could just show more compassion - but<br />

sometimes it’s hard to find time to be kind<br />

to yourself, let alone anyone else. Poet,<br />

performer and haphazard meditator, Kirsten<br />

Luckins, invites you to join her in an<br />

informal performance-discussion all about<br />

kindness.<br />

Poetry Reading<br />

City Library and Arts Centre<br />

2.30 – 3.30pm<br />

Calling all budding poets. There will be<br />

opportunities at this informal session to<br />

recite your own poem and to listen to the<br />

writings of like-minded individuals - or you<br />

may wish to just come and listen.<br />

David Fallon -<br />

Eternity in an Hour:<br />

William Blake and<br />

Popular Music<br />

Starbucks, The Bridges<br />

6 – 7pm<br />

Why has the visionary Romantic poet and<br />

painter William Blake been so influential on<br />

the outlaw spirit of rock and roll music?<br />

David Fallon, Senior Lecturer, University of<br />

Sunderland will search for answers while<br />

introducing this uncompromising and<br />

radical artist and introduce excerpts of the<br />

music inspired by him.<br />

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Sunderland Literature & CREATIVE WRITING <strong>Festival</strong> 2016<br />

Friday 7 October<br />

Rhyme Time<br />

Hetton Library, 11am<br />

Join our Children’s Centre team for a<br />

fun, lively session of songs, rhymes<br />

and actions.<br />

Stephanie Butland -<br />

Writing Workshop<br />

for Beginners<br />

Houghton Library, 10 – 12.30pm<br />

Booking required<br />

Suggested donation £2.00<br />

Author Stephanie Butland’s first two books<br />

were about her dance with cancer. She<br />

then turned to fiction, and her novels<br />

‘Letters to My Husband’ and ‘The Other Half<br />

Of My Heart’ are set in a small English town.<br />

Her third novel ‘Poetry With Loveday’ set in<br />

York, will be out in 2017. Stephanie lives in<br />

Northumberland and writes in a studio at<br />

the bottom of her garden, and when she’s<br />

not writing, she trains people to think more<br />

creatively.<br />

Gothic Wearside<br />

Waterstones, The Bridges, 4 – 5.30pm<br />

By Dr Alison Younger, Senior Lecturer,<br />

University of Sunderland. Our purpose is to<br />

examine two areas: Historical cases of<br />

witches in Wearside, and from the Cauld<br />

Lad of Hylton to the Witches of Southwick,<br />

we will place Sunderland on the<br />

supernatural map.<br />

John Yearnshire -<br />

Back on the<br />

Borough Beat<br />

Elephant Tea Rooms, High Street West,<br />

5.45 – 6.45pm,<br />

Booking required<br />

Suggested donation £2.00<br />

An illustrated history of Sunderland<br />

Borough Police based on John’s book of<br />

the same name, published in 1987, which<br />

traces 150 years of history from its<br />

inception in 1837.<br />

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Sunderland Literature & CREATIVE WRITING <strong>Festival</strong> 2016<br />

Saturday 8 October<br />

Reading Group -<br />

National Glass<br />

Centre<br />

National Glass Centre, Liberty Way,<br />

10 – 11am<br />

Join the group for a lively discussion of ‘The<br />

Gargoyle’ by Andrew Davidson. New<br />

members welcome.<br />

Rachel Cochrane -<br />

Introduction to<br />

Creative Writing<br />

City Library and Arts Centre<br />

10.30 – 1.00pm<br />

Booking required<br />

Suggested donation £2.00<br />

Rachel Cochrane, a North East writer of 14<br />

years and facilitator of writing, real stories,<br />

audio recording and creative projects, will<br />

be running a creative writing workshop<br />

suitable for all adults including those trying<br />

creative writing for the first time.<br />

Tim Crocker,<br />

Dr Miguel Gomes,<br />

Dr Sheila Walsh,<br />

Dr Maria Astudillo -<br />

World books to read<br />

before you die<br />

Waterstones, The Bridges, 2pm<br />

Lecturers from Sunderland University<br />

modern foreign languages team read from<br />

their pick of ‘must read’ books from around<br />

the world. What is the number 1 all time<br />

‘must read’? Come and find out!<br />

Books read from will be in English<br />

translation and available at the store.<br />

Stephanie<br />

Yearnshire - The<br />

Other Side of Elvis<br />

Elephant Tea Rooms, High Street West,<br />

5.45 – 6.45pm<br />

Booking required<br />

Suggested donation £2.00<br />

The music of Elvis Presley caught the<br />

imagination of a generation and he could<br />

be called the first musical megastar. An<br />

incredibly kind man, there were also<br />

conflicting aspects of his life unknown to<br />

the public. This presentation will uncover<br />

his relationship with Priscilla, with the<br />

Colonel who spent most of his money, his<br />

frustrations and his subsequent decline<br />

from a talented man to poor health, obesity<br />

and extreme drug dependency.<br />

Stephanie Yearnshire, MBE, a retired<br />

superintendent with degrees in criminology<br />

and criminal justice, has worked across the<br />

world and won awards in the USA and<br />

Australia for her policing work.<br />

The Pageant<br />

Washington Old Hall, The Avenue, 7pm<br />

Contact venue for further details<br />

As part of the National Trust’s 60th<br />

anniversary with Washington Old Hall, this<br />

play brings to life the characters from 100<br />

years of Old Hall history.<br />

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Sunderland Literature & CREATIVE WRITING <strong>Festival</strong> 2016<br />

Sunday 9 October<br />

Dr Sarah Dobbs -<br />

Apples and Snakes<br />

Performance Poetry<br />

University of Sunderland<br />

City Space Studio, Chester Road, 1 – 4pm<br />

Apples and Snakes are England’s leading<br />

organisation for performance poetry and<br />

spoken word. Their monthly Scratch<br />

Sunderland session is hosted at the<br />

University of Sunderland and aims to<br />

nurture local talent. All levels of poets,<br />

spoken word and performance artists are<br />

welcome. You’ll learn things like, mic<br />

technique, how to engage an audience and<br />

command a stage!<br />

Monday 10 October<br />

Rhyme Time<br />

Houghton Library, 10am<br />

Join our Children’s Centre team for a<br />

fun, lively session of songs, rhymes<br />

and actions.<br />

Senior Scribblers<br />

City Library and Arts Centre, 1.30 – 2.30pm<br />

The Senior Scribblers meet weekly to share<br />

ideas and support fellow creative writers.<br />

New members welcome.<br />

Of Kings and<br />

Black Panthers<br />

City Library and Arts Centre, 2 – 3.30pm<br />

The impact of the Civil Rights Movement by<br />

Dr Kevin Yuill, Senior Lecturer in American<br />

History, University of Sunderland.<br />

(Commemorating Black History Month).<br />

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Sunderland Literature & CREATIVE WRITING <strong>Festival</strong> 2016<br />

Tuesday 11 October<br />

Rhyme Time<br />

Shiney Row Library, 9.30am<br />

Join our Children’s Centre team for a<br />

fun, lively session of songs, rhymes<br />

and actions.<br />

Rhyme Time<br />

Washington Town Centre Library, 10am<br />

Join our library team for a fun, lively session<br />

of songs, rhymes and actions<br />

Story Time<br />

City Library and Arts Centre, 11am<br />

Bring your toddler along to our weekly<br />

story time and instil a love of reading from<br />

an early age. These sessions are a great way<br />

to introduce young children to libraries.<br />

Children can join the library and take out<br />

books on their own library card.<br />

Coalfields<br />

Writing Group<br />

Hetton Library, 1.30 – 3.30pm<br />

Coalfields Writing Group meets every two<br />

weeks to share ideas and support fellow<br />

creative writers. New members welcome.<br />

Celia Bryce - Adult<br />

Creative Writing<br />

Session<br />

City Library and Arts Centre, 1.30 – 2.30pm<br />

Booking required<br />

Suggested donation £2.00<br />

Local author and singer-songwriter Celia<br />

Bryce is a contributor of short fiction to<br />

Women’s Weekly and has had short stories<br />

published and broadcast on BBC Radio<br />

Four. Her play, The Skategrinder, won an<br />

award for a first radio drama and she has<br />

written short pieces for the stage. She is<br />

currently writing teenage fiction and her<br />

first novel, ‘Anthem for Jack Dawes’ was<br />

nominated for the Carnegie Medal.<br />

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Sunderland Literature & CREATIVE WRITING <strong>Festival</strong> 2016<br />

Time Bandits<br />

Roker UR Church, Sidecliff Road, 2pm<br />

Suggested donation £2.00<br />

An interactive talk on clothing from the<br />

Tudor era including how it was made and<br />

cleaned with replica costumes on display.<br />

Family History<br />

Taster Sessions<br />

City Library and Arts Centre<br />

2.30 – 3pm and 3 – 3.30pm<br />

Learn how to investigate your family history<br />

with a short introduction to the facilities<br />

and resources the Local Studies library has<br />

to offer. To book contact Local Studies<br />

Library.<br />

Wednesday 12 October<br />

Rhyme Time<br />

City Library and Arts Centre, 10am<br />

Join our library team for a fun, lively session<br />

of songs, rhymes and actions.<br />

Foyle Street Writers<br />

City Library and Arts Centre, 10 – 12noon<br />

Foyle Street Writers meet weekly to share<br />

ideas and support fellow creative writers.<br />

New members welcome.<br />

Daisy James<br />

Houghton Library, 10 – 11am<br />

Booking required<br />

Suggested donation £2.00<br />

Daisy James writes contemporary women's<br />

fiction and romantic comedy. She grew up<br />

in North Yorkshire but has lived in the North<br />

East for over thirty years. Her debut novel<br />

‘The Runaway Bridesmaid’ includes recipes<br />

for readers to try out at home. A close<br />

second in her league table of pastimes is<br />

knitting which is featured in her second<br />

novel ‘If The Dress Fits’, a romantic comedy<br />

set in a lovely little haberdashery shop in<br />

North Yorkshire. Daisy will talk about the<br />

experiences and influences that shape her<br />

writing, also with a question and answer<br />

session and book signing.<br />

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Sunderland Literature & CREATIVE WRITING <strong>Festival</strong> 2016<br />

Tiny Tweeties<br />

Fulwell Library, 2 – 3pm<br />

A lively music and song session for<br />

preschool children involving puppets,<br />

songs, dancing and instruments. The Tiny<br />

Tweeties duo have performed on CBeebies<br />

and their music resources are used in<br />

schools across the globe. Engaging and<br />

creative fun for little ones!<br />

Peter Hayes -<br />

Reading Philosophy<br />

to Lose Weight<br />

Serendipity Tea and Trinkets, Frederick<br />

Street, 2 – 3pm<br />

Philosophers provide fascinating and<br />

practical insights into dieting and we will<br />

look at several of them including Henri<br />

Bergson's Laughter Diet, Thomas Hobbes's<br />

Diet Contract and John Locke's Bucket<br />

Diet. Peter is a Senior Lecturer in Politics at<br />

University of Sunderland and the author of<br />

‘The Philosophy of Dieting’.<br />

The History<br />

of Whisky<br />

City Library and Arts Centre<br />

2.30 – 4pm and 5 – 6.30pm<br />

Booking required<br />

Tickets £5.00 (includes a glass of whisky),<br />

available from Ticketsource -<br />

www.ticketsource.co.uk<br />

Join our Whisky workshops including<br />

tasting, discovery and demonstrations. The<br />

session will kick off with a quick history<br />

lesson, followed by ‘whisky readings’ of<br />

smugglers ‘n shanties. Tastings included.<br />

Whisky gifts can be purchased at the<br />

workshop.<br />

Justice<br />

Reading Group<br />

Bar Justice, Sunniside, 6 – 7pm<br />

The group meet the second Wednesday of<br />

every month. Join them this month for a<br />

lively discussion of ‘The Railway Man’ by<br />

Eric Lomax. New members welcome.<br />

Books, Bikes and<br />

Bran Tubs Reading<br />

Group<br />

For more information contact Houghton<br />

Library on 0191 561 6383<br />

Join the monthly reading group for a lively<br />

discussion. New members welcome.<br />

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Sunderland Literature & CREATIVE WRITING <strong>Festival</strong> 2016<br />

Thursday 13 October<br />

Geoff Nash - The<br />

Terrorist Novel from<br />

Conrad’s ‘The Secret<br />

Agent’ to Hamid<br />

Mohsen’s ‘The<br />

Reluctant<br />

Fundamentalist’<br />

City Library and Arts Centre, 10am<br />

Geoff is a Senior Lecturer in Culture from<br />

University of Sunderland. He asks: ‘how has<br />

the terrorist figure in literature changed<br />

over the last one hundred years, and what<br />

does this tell us about ourselves and our<br />

society?’<br />

Ancestry<br />

Taster Session<br />

Houghton Library, 10 – 12noon<br />

Investigate your family history with this<br />

short introduction on how to use the<br />

Ancestry website. For further details<br />

contact Houghton Library.<br />

Nifty Fifties - Of<br />

Peter and Jemima<br />

City Library and Arts Centre, 1.30pm<br />

£2.50 on the door<br />

An Introduction to the Extraordinary Life of<br />

Beatrix Potter by Steve Watts, Head of<br />

Culture, University of Sunderland.<br />

Washington Village<br />

U3A Reading Group<br />

Washington Town Centre Library, 2 – 3pm<br />

Join the monthly reading group for<br />

a lively discussion of ‘Memoirs of a<br />

Geisha Girl’ by Arthur Golden. New<br />

members welcome.<br />

Peter Peverley - The<br />

Little Waster was a<br />

Washington Lad<br />

Washington Town Centre Library, 2 – 3pm<br />

Booking required<br />

Suggested donation £2<br />

This 60 minute talk is an informative look<br />

back at Bobby Thompson’s early life in<br />

Washington and celebrates his connection<br />

to the town and Wearside. With the help of<br />

old photos and Bobby’s original stage<br />

costumes, it tells the story of Bobby’s<br />

journey from pit lad to being the king of<br />

club-land. Your host is Pete Peverley who’s<br />

one man show about Bobby is a firm<br />

favourite in the regions theatres.<br />

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Sunderland Literature & CREATIVE WRITING <strong>Festival</strong> 2016<br />

Sheila Quigley<br />

and Crime Panel<br />

Houghton Library, 5 – 6.30pm<br />

Booking required<br />

Tickets £3.50,<br />

available from Ticketsource -<br />

www.ticketsource.co.uk<br />

Femme Fatale of North East crime writers.<br />

Join Shelia Quigley, Danielle Ramsey, Eileen<br />

Wharton and Kerry Richardson to discuss<br />

the genre that is crime.<br />

Friday 14 October<br />

Rhyme Time<br />

Hetton Library, 11am<br />

Join our Children’s Centre team for a<br />

fun, lively session of songs, rhymes<br />

and actions.<br />

Shiney Row Reading<br />

Group<br />

Shiney Row Library, 2pm<br />

Join the monthly reading group for a lively<br />

discussion of ‘The Little Coffee Shop of<br />

Kabul’ by Deborah Rodriguez. New<br />

members welcome.<br />

Saturday 15 October<br />

Martyn McFadden<br />

and Paul Swinney -<br />

A Love Supreme and<br />

Mackem Dictionary<br />

City Library and Arts Centre, 2pm<br />

Booking required<br />

Suggested donation £2<br />

Martyn McFadden is the author of<br />

‘A Love Supreme’ fanzine of SAFC and<br />

also joint editor of the Mackem<br />

Dictionary, which was released for<br />

Christmas 2015 and became a number<br />

one best seller at Waterstones. Martyn<br />

published the book and will be joined<br />

by fellow editor Paul Swinney.<br />

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Sunderland Literature & CREATIVE WRITING <strong>Festival</strong> 2016<br />

History of Chocolate<br />

City Library and Arts Centre,<br />

10.30am and 1pm<br />

Booking required<br />

Tickets £5.00 (includes a glass of wine),<br />

available from Ticketsource -<br />

www.ticketsource.co.uk<br />

Our chocolate workshops sessions will<br />

begin with a quick history lesson, followed<br />

by ‘chocolate readings’, you will then be<br />

indulged with a truffle demonstration and<br />

tasting. Chocolate gifts can be purchased at<br />

the workshop.<br />

Washington Old Hall<br />

Story Day<br />

Washington Old Hall, Open 11 – 3pm<br />

Entrance fees applicable - contact the<br />

venue for further details<br />

As part of the National Trust’s 60th<br />

anniversary with Washington Old Hall,<br />

follow a narrated story trail around<br />

Washington Village and the Old Hall.<br />

Monday 17 October<br />

Rhyme Time<br />

Houghton Library, 10am<br />

Join our Children’s Centre team for a<br />

fun, lively session of songs, rhymes<br />

and actions.<br />

Senior Scribblers<br />

City Library and Arts Centre<br />

1.30 – 2.30pm<br />

The Senior Scribblers writers meet weekly<br />

to share ideas and support fellow creative<br />

writers. New members welcome.<br />

Alan Parkinson -<br />

Local Crime Writer<br />

Shiney Row Library, 2pm<br />

Booking required<br />

Suggested donation £2.00<br />

This talk by Sunderland born writer Alan<br />

Parkinson, who has spent the majority of<br />

his life living in his native city, explores his<br />

two novels, ‘Leg It’ and ‘Idle Threats’. Both<br />

are set in Sunderland and lean heavily on<br />

his experiences growing up in Southwick<br />

and living and working on Wearside.<br />

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Sunderland Literature & CREATIVE WRITING <strong>Festival</strong> 2016<br />

Tuesday 18 October<br />

Rhyme Time<br />

Shiney Row Library, 9.30am<br />

Join our Children’s Centre team for a<br />

fun, lively session of songs, rhymes<br />

and actions.<br />

Shiney Row U3A<br />

Reading Group<br />

Shiney Row Library, 10am<br />

Join the monthly reading group for a lively<br />

discussion of “Ghost Moth” by Michele<br />

Forbes. New members welcome.<br />

Tiny Tweeties<br />

Washington Town Centre Library<br />

10 – 11am<br />

A lively music and song session for<br />

preschool children involving puppets,<br />

songs, dancing and instruments. The Tiny<br />

Tweeties duo have performed on CBeebies<br />

and their music resources are used in<br />

schools across the globe. Engaging and<br />

creative fun for little ones!<br />

Story Time<br />

City Library and Arts Centre, 11am<br />

Bring your toddler along to our weekly<br />

story time and instil a love of reading from<br />

an early age. These sessions are a great way<br />

to introduce young children to libraries.<br />

Children can join the library and take out<br />

books on their own library card.<br />

Family History<br />

Taster Sessions<br />

City Library and Arts Centre<br />

2.30 – 3pm and 3 – 3.30pm<br />

Learn how to investigate your family history<br />

with a short introduction to the facilities<br />

and resources the Local Studies library<br />

have to offer. To book contact Local<br />

Studies Library.<br />

Dr Michael Pearce<br />

‘Not Quite a<br />

Geordie’: The<br />

ethnonyms of North<br />

East England<br />

City Library and Arts Centre, 2 – 3pm<br />

Booking required<br />

'Geordie', 'Mackem', 'Smoggie' ... we're all<br />

familiar with labels such as these for people<br />

from different parts of our region, and we<br />

might also have some theories about their<br />

origins. But what's the real story behind<br />

these North East ethnonyms and why are<br />

they so often the subject of heated debate<br />

and discussion? Come along and find out.<br />

Michael is a Senior Lecturer in English<br />

Language at University of Sunderland.<br />

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Sunderland Literature & CREATIVE WRITING <strong>Festival</strong> 2016<br />

Wednesday 19 October<br />

Rhyme Time<br />

City Library and Arts Centre, 10am<br />

Join our library team for a fun, lively session<br />

of songs, rhymes and actions.<br />

Foyle Street Writers<br />

City Library and Arts Centre, 10 – 12noon<br />

Foyle Street Writers meet weekly to share<br />

ideas and support fellow creative writers.<br />

New members welcome.<br />

Tiny Tweeties<br />

Sandhill Library, 10 – 11am<br />

A lively music and song session for<br />

preschool children involving puppets,<br />

songs, dancing and instruments. The Tiny<br />

Tweeties duo have performed on CBeebies<br />

and their music resources are used in<br />

schools across the globe. Engaging and<br />

creative fun for little ones!<br />

Dr Mel Gibson -<br />

What Became of<br />

Bunty? British<br />

Comics for Girls<br />

City Library and Arts Centre,<br />

10am – 12noon<br />

Booking required<br />

Suggested donation £2.00<br />

Come along to share memories of Jackie,<br />

Bunty, School Friend, Misty and others. Mel<br />

will talk about the history of these comics<br />

and bring a collection for everyone to<br />

browse through. Dr Mel Gibson is a<br />

researcher who focuses on comics, graphic<br />

novels and children’s literature. She lectures<br />

at Northumbria University in Childhood<br />

Studies. Her book ‘Remembered Reading’<br />

was about British comics for girls.<br />

Michael Chaplin<br />

Starbucks, The Bridges, 3pm<br />

Booking required<br />

Suggested donation £2.00<br />

The son of a Durham pitman and himself a<br />

colliery blacksmith, the young Sid Chaplin<br />

dreamed of learning a new trade and living<br />

another life - as a writer. In time he<br />

achieved both, becoming an acclaimed and<br />

internationally published novelist, essayist<br />

and short story writer. Now 100 years after<br />

his birth, his son Michael, himself a<br />

playwright and screenwriter, traces his<br />

father’s story, what made him special as a<br />

writer and his lifelong fascination with the<br />

people and culture of his native North East.<br />

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Sunderland Literature & CREATIVE WRITING <strong>Festival</strong> 2016<br />

The Wild Lassie -<br />

Courtesy of the<br />

National Theatre<br />

City Library and Arts Centre, 3 – 4pm<br />

The Canny Craic Theatre Company perform<br />

three short scenes from the life and times<br />

of Emily Wilding Davison and other<br />

Suffragettes, telling the story of Emily,<br />

Emmeline Pankhurst, North Eastern<br />

suffragettes and their struggle to get ‘Votes<br />

For Women’ risking their lives and liberty.<br />

Lots of opportunities for the audience to<br />

ask the historical characters questions or<br />

just sit back and enjoy the experience.<br />

Starbucks<br />

Reading Group<br />

Starbucks, The Bridges, 5.45 – 6.45pm<br />

Join this monthly reading group for a lively<br />

discussion of “The Miniaturist” by Jessie<br />

Burton. New members welcome.<br />

Thursday 20 October<br />

Poetry Reading<br />

Group<br />

City Library and Arts Centre, 10 – 11am<br />

Meet likeminded poetry lovers to discuss,<br />

read and write poetry. The group meets<br />

monthly. New members welcome.<br />

Ancestry<br />

Taster Session<br />

Houghton Library, 10 – 12noon<br />

Investigate your family history with this<br />

short introduction on how to use the<br />

Ancestry website. For further details<br />

contact Houghton Library.<br />

Story of the Codex<br />

10.30 – 11.30am<br />

Booking required<br />

Suggested donation £2.00<br />

A talk by Matthew Storey accompanied by a<br />

handling session of the replica Codex<br />

Amiatinus. The replica of the Codex<br />

Amiatinus will be on display in the City<br />

Library from 3 October to 21 October and<br />

then will be on long term loan to St Peter’s<br />

Church, Monkwearmouth.<br />

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Sunderland Literature & CREATIVE WRITING <strong>Festival</strong> 2016<br />

Celia Bryce - Adult<br />

Creative Writing<br />

Session<br />

Washington Town Centre Library<br />

10.30 – 12noon<br />

Booking required<br />

Suggested donation £2.00<br />

Local author and singer-songwriter Celia<br />

Bryce is a contributor of short fiction to<br />

Women’s Weekly and has had short stories<br />

published and broadcast on BBC Radio<br />

Four. Her play, The Skategrinder, won an<br />

award for a first radio drama and she has<br />

written short pieces for the stage. She is<br />

currently writing teenage fiction and her<br />

first novel, ‘Anthem for Jack Dawes’ was<br />

nominated for the Carnegie Medal.<br />

Steve Watts -<br />

Wizards, Goblins<br />

and forbidden love:<br />

Sir Walter Scott’s<br />

The Lay of the Last<br />

Minstrel<br />

Bede’s Bakehouse, 2pm – 3pm<br />

Steve is Head of Culture at University of<br />

Sunderland. The Ballad tells the story of a<br />

feud between two Border families.<br />

Bede’s Bakehouse<br />

Reading Group<br />

Bede’s Bakehouse, St. Peter’s Church<br />

3 – 4pm<br />

Join the monthly reading group for a lively<br />

discussion of “Birdsong” by Sebastian<br />

Faulks. New members welcome.<br />

The End: Fifteen<br />

Endings to Fifteen<br />

Paintings<br />

Bar Justice, West Sunniside, 6.30pm<br />

Fifteen writers were invited to respond to<br />

fifteen paintings by Nicolas Ruston. All of<br />

the paintings express The End. In the<br />

stories, the writers endeavoured to solve<br />

the mystery of The End. The End includes<br />

original short stories by Sarah Dobbs, Aiden<br />

O’Reilly, UV Ray, Angela Readman and<br />

Ashley Stokes to name a few. A number of<br />

contributors will perform readings on the<br />

night.<br />

Friday 21 October<br />

Book Chat<br />

Reading Group<br />

Back on the Map, Villette Road, 10 – 11am<br />

Join this monthly reading group for a lively<br />

discussion. New members welcome.<br />

Contact City Library for further details.<br />

Rhyme Time<br />

Hetton Library, 11am<br />

Join our Children’s Centre team for a<br />

fun, lively session of songs, rhymes<br />

and actions.<br />

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Sunderland Literature & CREATIVE WRITING <strong>Festival</strong> 2016<br />

Norman Kirtlan -<br />

Dead bodies and<br />

dark places… the<br />

sad memoirs of a<br />

Sunderland bobby<br />

Miss Tina’s, Beaumont Street, Southwick<br />

2 – 3pm<br />

Booking required<br />

Suggested donation £2.00<br />

Norman Kirtlan is a retired police officer<br />

and forensic artist of 30 years. His sketches<br />

have helped identify the perpetrators of<br />

many crimes in the region over the years. In<br />

this session, Norman will talk about a<br />

policeman’s ‘on the job’ memories.<br />

Saturday 22 October<br />

Bob Mason<br />

Collection<br />

City Library and Arts Centre<br />

10.30 – 12.30pm<br />

Bob Mason was an engineer in Huddersfield<br />

who had a great affinity with Sunderland<br />

and a lifetime interest in ships and the sea.<br />

He amassed a large amount of material,<br />

kindly gifted to Sunderland Libraries. A<br />

selection of this rarely seen collection will<br />

be on display including documentation<br />

from the White Star Line and other<br />

individual memorabilia.<br />

Titanic - The Truths<br />

and Myths<br />

City Library and Arts Centre, 1 – 2pm<br />

Booking required<br />

Suggested donation £2.00<br />

When Titanic sank on Monday 15th April<br />

1912 it shocked the world in a similar<br />

manner as the 9/11 attack on the Twin<br />

Towers in New York. Bernard Hope has<br />

taken a great interest in this ship since he<br />

was taken by his father to see ‘A Night To<br />

Remember’ and discovered that he was<br />

born on the anniversary of the sinking. In<br />

this talk he explores some interesting facts<br />

and much repeated myths as well as a long<br />

kept secret about this doomed vessel.<br />

Scott Tyrrell -<br />

Performance Poet<br />

Elephant Tea Rooms, High Street West, 6pm<br />

Booking required<br />

Suggested donation £2.00<br />

This Newcastle-based stand up poet is<br />

currently both the BBC Poetry Slam<br />

Champion and the UK Anti-Slam champion.<br />

Scott has been writing and performing<br />

poetry and comedy since the turn of the<br />

century. An award-winning comedian as<br />

well as multi slam winning poet, he has<br />

performed his work around the UK, Europe<br />

and at many festivals including the<br />

Edinburgh Fringe, the Prague Fringe,<br />

WOMAD, Larmer Tree and Glastonbury,<br />

where he was Poetry Blogger in Residence<br />

in 2015. He is author of two collections of<br />

Poetry; most recently, the warmly received<br />

‘Grown Up’ published by Red Squirrel Press.<br />

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Sunderland Literature & CREATIVE WRITING <strong>Festival</strong> 2016<br />

Monday 24 October<br />

Holly Sterling -<br />

Inspired by African<br />

and Maori Art<br />

Printmaking Activity<br />

City Library and Arts Centre, 2.30 – 3.30pm<br />

Booking required, max 20 places<br />

Discover how to create African and Maori<br />

inspired art in a printmaking activity led by<br />

award winning illustrator Holly Sterling.<br />

(Commemorating Black History Month)<br />

Beatrix Potter Craft<br />

Hetton Library, 2.30 – 3.30pm<br />

Make a mobile for your room with some of<br />

your favourite Beatrix Potter characters.<br />

Suitable for primary age children.<br />

Beatrix Potter craft<br />

Washington Millennium Centre Library,<br />

2.30 – 3.30pm<br />

Make a mobile for your room with some of<br />

your favourite Beatrix Potter characters.<br />

Suitable for primary age children.<br />

Tuesday 25 October<br />

Rhyme Time<br />

Washington Town Centre Library, 10am<br />

Join our library team for a fun, lively session<br />

of songs, rhymes and actions.<br />

Sponges<br />

City Library and Arts Centre, 11am and 2pm<br />

Tickets £8.00 per adult and first child,<br />

£6.00 per additional child<br />

To book tickets contact Arts Centre<br />

Washington at<br />

www.artscentrewashington.co.uk/booktickets.aspx<br />

Roll, squeeze and pop yourself through a<br />

new malleable kind of family dance show,<br />

set to a 1970s-influenced score, perfect for<br />

babies, young children and families. Sponge<br />

is about all things spongy, a child’s ability to<br />

soak information up like a sponge and the<br />

squishy, squashy texture that fascinates<br />

children and adults alike.<br />

Performed by dance company<br />

Turned On Its Head.<br />

Quayside Exchange -<br />

Tour and Tea<br />

Quayside Exchange 1 – 3pm<br />

Tickets £10.00<br />

Tickets available from Living History North<br />

East, The Donnison School Buildings,<br />

Church Walk, Sunderland SR1 2BN. Phone:<br />

0191 565 4835 or via Eventbrite.<br />

Take a guided tour of the building,<br />

discovering it’s fascinating history followed<br />

by a lovely vintage afternoon tea.<br />

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Sunderland Literature & CREATIVE WRITING <strong>Festival</strong> 2016<br />

Coalfields<br />

Writing Group<br />

Hetton Library, 1.30 – 3.30pm<br />

Coalfields Writing Group meets every two<br />

weeks to share ideas and support fellow<br />

creative writers. New members welcome.<br />

Winnie the<br />

Pooh Craft<br />

Ryhope Centre Library, 2 – 3pm<br />

Create a bouncy Tigger door hanger for<br />

your bedroom to celebrate Winnie the<br />

Pooh’s 90th birthday. Suitable for primary<br />

age children.<br />

Halloween Craft<br />

Bunny Hill Centre Library, 2 – 3pm<br />

Make a Creepy Sliding Eyes Portrait and<br />

watch the eyes move! Suitable for primary<br />

age children.<br />

Winnie the Pooh<br />

Craft<br />

Washington Town Centre Library,<br />

2.15 – 3.15pm<br />

Make an Eeyore mask to celebrate Winnie<br />

the Pooh’s 90th birthday. Suitable for<br />

primary age children.<br />

Family History<br />

Taster Sessions<br />

City Library and Arts Centre,<br />

2.30 – 3pm and 3 – 3.30pm<br />

Learn how to investigate your family history<br />

with a short introduction to the facilities<br />

and resources the Local Studies Library<br />

have to offer. To book contact Local Studies<br />

Library.<br />

Heroes and Villains<br />

at the Quayside<br />

Exchange<br />

Quayside Exchange 7 – 9pm<br />

Tickets £15.00<br />

Tickets available from Living History North<br />

East, The Donnison School Buildings,<br />

Church Walk, Sunderland SR1 2BN. Phone:<br />

0191 565 4835 or via Eventbrite.<br />

Take a ‘talk on the darkside’. Join Living<br />

History North East to uncover the heroes<br />

and villains of the East End and be guided<br />

through Victorian Sunderland by characters<br />

such as Mary Ann Cotton and Jack<br />

Crawford. Hot buffet supplied and a<br />

payable bar is available.<br />

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Sunderland Literature & CREATIVE WRITING <strong>Festival</strong> 2016<br />

Wednesday 26 October<br />

Stephanie<br />

Yearnshire -<br />

Mary Ann Cotton<br />

Washington Town Centre Library, 2 – 3pm<br />

Booking required<br />

Suggested donation £2.00<br />

Stephanie Yearnshire, MBE, a retired<br />

superintendent with degrees in criminology<br />

and criminal justice, has worked across the<br />

world and won awards in the USA and<br />

Australia for her policing work. Mary Ann<br />

Cotton preceded Jack the Ripper and over<br />

an eight-year period poisoned her victims<br />

and in most cases benefited from their<br />

insurance money. In this talk Stephanie will<br />

question whether this was the last of a long<br />

line of deaths by her hand or if she was a<br />

mother caring for her family against a<br />

background of poverty and poor medical<br />

facilities.<br />

Winnie the Pooh<br />

Craft<br />

Fulwell Library, 2 – 3pm<br />

Make an Eeyore mask to celebrate Winnie<br />

the Pooh’s 90th birthday. Suitable for<br />

primary age children.<br />

“My Own, My Native<br />

Land”<br />

Living History North East, Donnison School,<br />

Church Walk, 2 – 3pm<br />

Contact venue to book<br />

An introduction to the Scottish Borders and<br />

Sir Walter Scott’s ballad ‘The Lay of the Last<br />

Minstrel’. A talk by Steve Watts, Head of<br />

Culture, University of Sunderland.<br />

Holly Sterling -<br />

Inspired by African<br />

and Maori Art<br />

Printmaking Activity<br />

Houghton Library, 2.30 – 3.30pm<br />

Booking required, max 20 places<br />

Discover how to create African and Maori<br />

inspired art in a printmaking activity led by<br />

award winning illustrator Holly Sterling.<br />

(Commemorating Black History Month)<br />

Winnie the Pooh<br />

Craft<br />

City Library and Arts Centre, 2.30 – 3.30pm<br />

Create a bouncy Tigger door hanger for<br />

your bedroom to celebrate Winnie the<br />

Pooh’s 90th birthday. Suitable for primary<br />

age children.<br />

Sunderland<br />

University and<br />

Waterstones Short<br />

Story Competition<br />

The Bridges<br />

4.30 – 6.00 - Under 17 Awards<br />

6.00 – 7.30 - Adult Awards<br />

Sunderland University and Waterstones,<br />

along with guest host Alan Gibbons, will be<br />

celebrating the art of short story writing.<br />

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Sunderland Literature & CREATIVE WRITING <strong>Festival</strong> 2016<br />

Thursday 27 October<br />

Ancestry<br />

Taster Session<br />

Houghton Library, 10 – 12noon<br />

Investigate your family history with this<br />

short introduction on how to use the<br />

Ancestry website. For further details<br />

contact Houghton Library.<br />

Thursday Reading<br />

Group<br />

Washington Town Centre Library,<br />

10.30 – 11.30am<br />

Join the monthly reading group for a lively<br />

discussion of ‘The Little Old Lady Who<br />

Broke All the Rules’ by C. Ingleman-<br />

Sundberg. New members welcome.<br />

Halloween Crafts<br />

Sandhill Centre Library, 10.45 – 11.45am<br />

Create a creepy spider to scare your friends.<br />

Suitable for primary age children.<br />

John Yearnshire -<br />

The Edlingham<br />

Vicarage Burglary,<br />

a Miscarriage of<br />

Justice, 1879<br />

Houghton Library, 10.30 – 11.30am<br />

Booking required<br />

Suggested donation £2.00<br />

This talk centres on the perpetration of<br />

a country crime in Victorian times and the<br />

trial and harsh sentencing of two Northern<br />

men for the armed robbery, believed to<br />

have been framed by corrupt police.<br />

Wearside U3A<br />

Reading Group<br />

City Library and Arts Centre,<br />

10.30 – 11.30am<br />

Join the monthly reading group for a lively<br />

discussion of ‘Reading Lolita in Tehran’ by<br />

Azar Nafisi. New members welcome.<br />

Nifty Fifties; David<br />

Fallon - A Fatal<br />

North East Marriage:<br />

mad Lord Byron and<br />

the Prince of<br />

Parallelograms<br />

City Library and Arts Centre, 1.30pm<br />

£2.50 on the door<br />

David Fallon, Senior Lecturer of English at<br />

the University of Sunderland presents ‘mad,<br />

bad and dangerous to know’ poet Lord<br />

Byron and his disastrous marriage to Anne<br />

Isabella Millbanke of Seaham Hall.<br />

Winnie The Pooh<br />

Craft<br />

Shiney Row Library, 2.30 – 3.30pm<br />

Make an Eeyore mask to celebrate Winnie<br />

the Pooh’s 90th birthday. Suitable for<br />

primary age children.<br />

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Sunderland Literature & CREATIVE WRITING <strong>Festival</strong> 2016<br />

Halloween Craft<br />

Washington Town Centre Library,<br />

2.15 – 3.15pm<br />

Build a scary Lollipop Haunted House.<br />

Suitable for primary age children.<br />

Sunderland U3A<br />

Reading Group<br />

City Library and Arts Centre, 2 – 3pm<br />

Join the monthly reading group for a lively<br />

discussion of ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ by<br />

John Le Carre. New members welcome.<br />

Tesco Reading<br />

Group<br />

Tesco, Roker Retail Park, 6.30 – 7.30pm<br />

Join the monthly reading group for a lively<br />

discussion of ‘The Sweetest Hallelujah’ by<br />

Elaine Hussey. New members welcome.<br />

Friday 28 October<br />

Visually Impaired<br />

Reading Group<br />

City Library and Arts Centre,<br />

10.30 – 11.45am<br />

The Group meets monthly and new<br />

members are welcome to share their love<br />

of books.<br />

Beatrix Potter Craft<br />

Kayll Road Library, 2 – 3pm<br />

Make a mobile for your room with some of<br />

your favourite Beatrix Potter characters.<br />

Suitable for primary age children.<br />

Halloween Craft<br />

City Library, 2.30-3.30pm<br />

Make a Creepy Sliding Eyes Portrait and<br />

watch the eyes move! Suitable for primary<br />

age children.<br />

Sheila Quigley -<br />

Meet the Author<br />

Event<br />

Elephant Tea Rooms, High Street West<br />

5.45 – 6.45pm<br />

Suggested donation £2.00<br />

Sheila Quigley is the north east’s most<br />

popular crime writer. She rose to fame in<br />

2001 through a fiercely contested auction<br />

for her first two books, which resulted in a<br />

six figure deal signed with the UK’s biggest<br />

publisher, Random House.<br />

Sheila now has seven books in print, and is<br />

currently working on her eighth. Sheila<br />

will talk about her latest novel ‘Sound<br />

of Silence’.<br />

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Saturday 29 October<br />

Peter Welsh - What<br />

did you do in<br />

Washington in the<br />

Great War, Mammy?<br />

Washington Old Hall, 3 – 4pm<br />

Suggested donation £2.00<br />

Local historian and author Peter Welsh<br />

gives a talk about women in Washington in<br />

the Great War.<br />

Liz Million - Spooky<br />

Workshop<br />

Fulwell Library, 10.30 – 11.30am<br />

Liz million is a crazy, lively illustrator and<br />

author of children’s books. She will have<br />

you chuckling, drawing, writing and<br />

learning within minutes. She loves drawing<br />

crazy creatures, cartoon animals and<br />

showing children (and grown ups!) how to<br />

become better artists. Join Liz and create<br />

crazy, creepy cartoon characters for<br />

Halloween.<br />

Monday 31 October<br />

Rhyme Time<br />

Houghton Library, 10am<br />

Join our Children’s Centre team for a<br />

fun, lively session of songs, rhymes<br />

and actions.<br />

Halloween Guided<br />

Fantasy<br />

Ship Isis, 7pm<br />

A talk by Colin Younger, Senior Lecturer,<br />

University of Sunderland.<br />

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Also at this years festival<br />

Mackem Maps<br />

Display<br />

City Library and Arts Centre,<br />

Saturday 1 – Monday 31 October<br />

Artist Ian Potts has been asking people to<br />

draw their own map of Sunderland for over<br />

30 years, created in workshops by students,<br />

community groups and general public of all<br />

ages and abilities. They are personalised<br />

memory maps displaying all the charm and<br />

inconsistencies of personal accounts<br />

coupled with graphology and pictograms<br />

and are on display throughout October 2016.<br />

Cyril Lomax<br />

Exhibition<br />

Washington Old Hall, Open 11am – 3pm<br />

Entrance fees applicable<br />

Reverend Canon Cyril Lomax was Rector of<br />

Holy Trinity Church in Washington, Tyne<br />

and Wear, from 1899 to 1946. He went on<br />

to serve as Chaplain to the 8th Battalion,<br />

Durham Light Infantry, in World War I. Cyril,<br />

who was an accomplished artist and prolific<br />

letter writer, saw the devastation during the<br />

Battle of the Somme and described the<br />

reality of life in the trenches within his<br />

letters and diary. Illustrated with intricate<br />

sketches showing humour, the mundane<br />

and the dreadfulness of war, they are on<br />

display in this exhibition. A big character in<br />

Washington Village, he played an active part<br />

in saving Washington Old Hall in the 1930s<br />

and without his and others’ hard work,<br />

Washington Old Hall would not be<br />

celebrating its 60th anniversary with the<br />

National Trust this October.<br />

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Sessions for schools<br />

A number of events will be taking place in<br />

schools. For further information please<br />

contact the Schools Library Service on<br />

telephone 0191 561 8866.<br />

To celebrate National Poetry Day on<br />

Thursday 6 October children’s author and<br />

illustrator Liz Million and Theatre Space<br />

North East will be delivering interactive<br />

workshops.<br />

Children’s Codex<br />

The Codex Amiatinus was one of three great<br />

single volume Bibles made at Wearmouth-<br />

Jarrow, written in the 8th century. It is the<br />

earliest one-volume Latin Bible to survive in<br />

the world. To commemorate the 1300<br />

anniversary of the original pilgrimage of the<br />

Codex, a Children’s Codex has been created<br />

involving 188 Sunderland Schools, a copy of<br />

which is due to be presented to the Pope in<br />

October 2016. A copy of the Children’s<br />

Codex will be on display during the sessions<br />

on 4 and 10 October.<br />

The replica of the Codex Amiatinus will be on<br />

display in the City Library from 3 to 21<br />

October and will then be on long term loan<br />

to St Peter’s Church, Monkwearmouth.<br />

Tony Wilson<br />

On 7 and 11 October Tony Wilson, winner of<br />

the British award for storytelling excellence<br />

in 2013, will be sharing some African stories<br />

to commemorate Black History Month. Tony<br />

was born in South Shields and now travels<br />

the world as a professional storyteller and a<br />

keynote speaker.<br />

Jordan Smith<br />

On Monday 17 October Jordan Smith will<br />

provide a hands on graphic arts workshop.<br />

Jordan has worked as a graphic artist and<br />

artist most of his adult life and has been an<br />

avid comic enthusiast since his childhood.<br />

He was commissioned in 2002 to create the<br />

cover, logo and several pages of the book<br />

‘Alice in Sunderland’.<br />

Holly Sterling<br />

Holly Sterling, a local freelance children’s<br />

illustrator, will talk to children about her<br />

work, give demonstrations and read from her<br />

latest children’s book. Holly graduated from<br />

Sunderland University with an honours<br />

degree in Illustration and Design. She was<br />

highly commended for the Macmillan<br />

Illustration Prize and was also the winner of<br />

the Seven Stories/Frances Lincoln Illustration<br />

Competition in 2013.<br />

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Venues<br />

BUNNY HILL LIBRARY<br />

Hylton Lane, Sunderland, SR5 4BW,<br />

Tel 0191 561 8103<br />

CITY LIBRARY AND ARTS CENTRE<br />

Fawcett Street, Sunderland, SR1 1RE,<br />

Tel: 0191 561 1235<br />

FULWELL LIBRARY<br />

Dene Lane, Fulwell, Sunderland, SR6 8EH,<br />

Tel: 0191 561 5260<br />

HETTON LIBRARY<br />

Welfare Road, Hetton DH5 9NE,<br />

Tel: 0191 561 6616<br />

HOUGHTON LIBRARY<br />

74 Newbottle Street, Houghton, DH4 4AF,<br />

Tel: 0191 561 6383<br />

KAYLL ROAD LIBRARY<br />

Kayll Road, Sunderland, SR4 7TW,<br />

Tel: 0191 561 2760<br />

RYHOPE LIBRARY<br />

Black Road, Ryhope, Sunderland, SR2 0RX,<br />

Tel: 0191 561 4444<br />

SANDHILL CENTRE LIBRARY<br />

Grindon Lane, Grindon, Sunderland,<br />

SR3 4EN, Tel: 0191 561 5800<br />

SHINEY ROW LIBRARY<br />

Chester Road, Shiney Row, DH4 4RB,<br />

Tel: 0191 561 3031<br />

WASHINGTON MILLENNIUM<br />

CENTRE LIBRARY<br />

The Oval, Concord,<br />

Washington, NE37 2QD,<br />

Tel: 0191 561 3878<br />

WASHINGTON TOWN CENTRE<br />

LIBRARY<br />

Independence Square, Washington,<br />

NE38 7RZ, Tel: 0191 561 3441<br />

DANDY LONGLEGS<br />

38 - 40 Silksworth Row, Sunderland,<br />

SR1 3QJ, Tel: 0191 514 4627<br />

LIVING HISTORY NORTH EAST<br />

The Donnison School Buildings, Church<br />

Walk, Sunderland, SR1 2BN,<br />

Tel: 0191 565 4835<br />

WASHINGTON OLD HALL<br />

The Avenue, Washington Village, NE38 7LE,<br />

Tel: 0191 416 6879<br />

MISS TINA’S SUNDERLAND<br />

Beaumont Street, Southwick, Sunderland,<br />

SR5 2JR, Tel: 0191 447 5010<br />

NORTHERN GALLERY FOR<br />

CONTEMPORARY ART<br />

City Library and Arts Centre, Fawcett Street,<br />

Sunderland, SR1 1RE, Tel: 0191 561 8487<br />

THE QUAYSIDE EXCHANGE<br />

197 High Street West, Sunderland, SR1 2AX,<br />

Tel: 0191 514 4574<br />

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Acknowledgements<br />

Sunderland Library Services would like to<br />

thank the following organisations for their<br />

support to deliver the festival.<br />

University of Sunderland:<br />

Faculty of Culture<br />

MAC Trust<br />

Blackwells<br />

Waterstones<br />

Living History North East<br />

North East Film Archive<br />

Blackwell’s are the official bookseller for<br />

Sunderland Literature <strong>Festival</strong>. A ‘pop up’ festival<br />

shop will be situated in City Library and Arts<br />

Centre during the <strong>Festival</strong> to purchase books,<br />

tickets and festival merchandise.<br />

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Sunderland Literature & CREATIVE WRITING <strong>Festival</strong> 2016<br />

If you have enjoyed our talks, workshops<br />

and lectures at the Sunderland Literature<br />

and Creative Writing <strong>Festival</strong> and want to<br />

explore the possibility of studying at the<br />

University of Sunderland, please take a look<br />

at the available Department of Culture<br />

courses below and read what our students<br />

and graduates have to say.<br />

BA (Hons) English<br />

Kate Mccaffery<br />

“The fantastic lecturers on the English<br />

course bring the subjects to life and allow<br />

you to explore and understand texts in a<br />

way you never considered previously.”<br />

BA (Hons) English<br />

Language and<br />

Literature<br />

Evan Drakou<br />

“Throughout the course, you develop a high<br />

quality set of transferable skills which make<br />

you stand out whatever career path you<br />

choose to follow. The academic team<br />

constantly provide support, guidance and<br />

inspire students to make the most out of<br />

their studies.”<br />

BA (Hons) English<br />

and Creative Writing<br />

Amy Batch<br />

“Lecturers with such passion<br />

become infectious and the<br />

hard work becomes an<br />

achievement. It is by far<br />

the most exciting<br />

accomplishment and<br />

experience I have had,<br />

and was more than I<br />

could have hoped for.”<br />

BA (Hons) History<br />

Toni Lawson<br />

"The best thing about the course<br />

academically has to be the lecturers and the<br />

passion with which they each deliver their<br />

subjects; I know I would not have learned as<br />

much as I have without such enthusiastic<br />

tutors.”<br />

BA (Hons) French<br />

and Spanish<br />

Andrew Ray<br />

“My language skills in French and Spanish<br />

have really improved during my course. The<br />

year abroad is one of the best things I have<br />

done, it gave me confidence not only in the<br />

target language, but in personal and<br />

professional skills too.”<br />

The Culture Department also offers a range<br />

of subjects on the Combined Subjects<br />

Programme which include: Creative<br />

Writing, English, English Language and<br />

Linguistics, History, MFL French, MFL<br />

Spanish, Politics and Teaching English to<br />

Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)<br />

To find out more about our courses<br />

please go to<br />

http://www.sunderland.ac.uk/<br />

Or call 0191 5153000 or email<br />

student.helpline@sunderland.ac.uk<br />

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