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!
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
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!