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!
Heritage Open Days are in full swing here. We couldn’t manage to participate as much as we do without our team of volunteer guides leading library tours. They are brilliant! We’ve also been working with some members of SSWAG (Seven Stories Writers and Artists Group) over the last two days. They have given their time to read stories to under 5s in our small but perfectly formed children’s library. It was lovely to see (and hear) the goings-on today. We must do it more often.
It really is this week that our new season of events begins. Tonight we are hosting the first of three British Science Festival events – a lecture given by Matt Ridley: Coal, Steam, Slavery and the Greening of the Planet: Fossil Fuels 1713-2013. Tomorrow and Wednesday we have Lumen, a new performance especially written for the Festival, all about Joseph Swan.
The annual Heritage Open Days events run here from Thursday to Saturday, with a series of free guided tours on offer, children’s storytelling sessions and a lecture on Miners’ Banners. Throw in a discussion about the world of real vs. fictional policing, and you can see how busy it is going to be.
Speaking of policing, we hope you managed to stay up and watch Vera last night….at last we saw the results of last year’s filming. The sequences were short and sweet but did remind us what a fantastic building the Lit & Phil is.
Our normally plain and sober Lecture Room has been transformed into a Speakeasy/Literary Salon, as part of NewcastleGateshead’s EAT!, a festival celebrating food and drink. It’s amazing what the team have done, so if you get the chance please come along to one of the events before the salon is no more. http://www.newcastlegateshead.com/eat-festival
Today’s post brought with it a letter from our one of our guest bloggers, Stevie Ronnie….
“I am writing to you from the Arctic Circle. It is amazing here – glaciers, reindeer, arctic fox and 24 hour sun. I must come and tell the Lit & Phil all about it when I get back. Tomorrow we set sail for the polar ice cap on the tall ship ‘Antigua’.”
We look forward to it!
The Lit & Phil’s enthusiastic Latin Class ended their term today by visiting the Corbridge Roman site. Unfortunately is wasn’t the warmest of days but as you can see, their hunger to learn did not wane!