By popular demand….

We had  some really good coverage of the Postcards exhibition in the Journal yesterday, and have decided to extend its run until Friday 28th August. It’s brilliant, it’s free, so don’t miss it!

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Books on Tyne – our Winter Book Festival

As we bask in the August sunshine our thoughts are turning towards  Books on  Tyne, our winter Book Festival, run in conjunction with Newcastle Libraries. This year it runs from 23-29 November.  Our line-up is looking good with the likes of David Almond (he is actually in the library as your Blogger  types!), Anne Fine, Sophie Hannah, James Oswald and actor and book collector Neil Pearson taking part. The programme will be launched in the autumn, so look out for it!

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The Postcard Returns

We are now into the second week of our summer exhibition, curated by Gail-Nina Anderson.
The Pleasures of the Postcard: Small but Perfectly Formed runs until  22nd August and it’s FREE so please come in to see it.

Following the enthusiastic response to The Postcard – a Voyage of Discovery shown at the Lit & Phil and at South Shields Museum a couple of years ago, this is a return visit with an entirely new cast of postcards. There are more local views, of course, but also monkeys and fish and touches of red and royal majesty and… well, the range is wide though the size is small. A chance to enjoy a fresh display of unexpected imagery, old and new, that just requires a stamp.

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Can you help? Reflections of Newcastle 1914-1918

Reflections of Newcastle 1914-18 is a Lit & Phil collaboration with Northumbria University, Newcastle College and November Club to explore the intellectual, cultural and social life of Newcastle during the First World War, concentrating in and around the Lit & Phil. The research will be developed into a city centre trail beginning and ending at the Lit & Phil through the creation of an interactive eBook. This eBook will be promoted to community groups, schools and visitors as a historical and educational tool and creative project to help people explore the city and its historical buildings and areas of interest in relation to World War 1, as well as the Lit & Phil itself.

We have now recruited a part-time Project Manager, Ben Jones, to oversee the project. We have also recruited several Lit & Phil members who are undertaking research alongside interns from Northumbria University on various themes, and students from Newcastle College are working alongside November Club on the digital and creative design aspects of the project. The work the volunteers and interns are doing not only supports the project but is enhancing and developing their research, creative and digital skills.

The eBook will be launched on 1 July 2016, marking the centenary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme alongside installations and performances, by November Club, based on the research findings. Further updates on the project will appear as more and more information and material is uncovered.

If you would like to find out more about the project and opportunities for you to help, either as a researcher or in another capacity there is plenty of time. Please contact Ben Jones on bjones@litandphil.org.uk for more information on the project. His usual day of work at the Lit & Phil is Wednesday so please feel free to drop in for a chat about the project or email at any time.

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The Blog is Back

Now that our new website is live we thought it was  time to revive the Blog which has been dormant for some time…..

Details of our autumn programme will be coming your way soon, as well as more information about August’s postcard exhibition and our exciting First World War project, Reflections of Newcastle 1914-1918. Watch this space.

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Busy Thursday

It as been incredibly busy here today……two Literature Classes were running through the day, there was a meeting of the Seven Stories Writers and Artists Group, and tonight we have a lecture in conjunction with Newcastle College (the first in a series), as well as  the launch of the Brain Box exhibition. Not to mention the weekly meeting of the Recorded Music Society later. We’ve also had groups of students in, bookbinders and lots of other members and visitors! It’s all go!

The Brain Box exhibition is the result of a collaborative project in which over 40 individuals affected by Parkinson’s disease express their innermost thoughts and feelings by creating a piece of art work. The ‘canvas’ for their work is a small, white, wooden box and the media used include words, photos, textiles, drawings and everyday items. Inspiration came from artist Joseph Cornell (1903-1972) and the project and exhibition has been supported by Arts Council England. Come along if you can. The exhibition is free and runs until the end of October.

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Books on Tyne Mini Book Festival is Live!

After months of preparation, we can now announce the line-up for Books on Tyne, Newcastle’s mini Book Festival, organised by the Lit & Phil and Newcastle Libraries. Hopefully there’s something for everyone in the programme (www.booksontyne.co.uk) – from crime writing and  poetry to the meditations on River Tyne. We’re delighted that our long-standing working relationship with Newcastle Libraries has resulted in what we think will be a fabulous literary  long-weekend (even if we do say so ourselves).  Have a look at the programme and book your tickets WITHOUT DELAY!

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