16th June at 2pm: Winlaton Community Centre, Blaydon, Newcastle

 

An Audience with Helen Steadman: Widdershins, Witches and Witchfinders

 

Helen Steadman is the author of the best-selling historical novel, Widdershins. This novel was inspired by the seventeenth-century witch trials in Newcastle. The sequel, Sunwise, is due to be published later this year by Impress Books. For her PhD in English at the University of Aberdeen, Helen is working on her third novel, which is about the Shotley Bridge Swordmakers.

17th June at 3pm: Winlaton Community Centre, Blaydon, Newcastle

 

An Audience with Max Adams: Author of Aelfred's Britain

 

Max was born in London in 1961. He was an archaeologist before taking up careers as a woodsman, traveller and writer. His biographies of Admiral Collingwood and John Martin were followed by critically-acclaimed and best selling works on the Dark Ages (The King in the North and In the Land of Giants) and on trees and woodlands. His debut novel, set in Northumberland, is called The Ambulist. He lives in the Derwent Valley.

19th June at 7pm: Winlaton Community Centre, Blaydon, Newcastle

 

An Audience with Val Scully: Author of Molly Bowes

 

Val Scully's first novel, Under the Spreading Chestnut Tree, was set in Lancashire just after the First World War. Since discovering the Derwent Valley, Val has researched and written two novels based in the area. My Name Is Eleanor (2016) is a fictional version of the dramatic and significant life of Mary Eleanor Bowes, the eighteenth-century Gibside heiress. Her new novel, Molly Bowes, uses a fictional heroine to tell a story based around the nineteenth-century history of the area

19th June at 10am: Online Event

 

Meet the Author: Helen Pryke Domi - Author of The Healer's Secret

 

I moved to the north of Italy 26 years ago, without knowing a word of Italian! I picked it up pretty quickly, mostly by watching American soaps dubbed in Italian with Italian subtitles but was too shy to speak for about a year! 26 years later, I now work as a translator, from Italian to English. It's a job I love, especially when I got the chance to translate a children's book and screenplay written by an Italian author. The screenplay is now winning awards at American film festivals!

19th June at 11am: Online Event

 

Meet the Author: Richard Harries - Poet

 

I am 62 years old and am very glad I have retired early. I write a lot and some of my poems are posted in my notes on Facebook. I have a channel on Youtube just Google rcpoems + youtube. I perform the poetry regularly now in many places. I love travelling, especially within the UK (go abroad - but really love the UK and keep finding new wonderful places).

19th June at 9am: Online Event

 

Meet the Author: Jennifer Gilmour: Author of Isolation Junction

 

Born in the north-east, Jennifer is a young, married mum with three children. In addition to being an author, she is an entrepreneur, running a family business from her home-base. Her blog posts have a large readership of other young mums in business. A passionate advocate for women in abusive relationships, she has drawn on her personal experiences to write her first novel Isolation Junction.

19th June at 1pm: Online Event

 

Meet the Author: Tom Kelly - Author, Poet, Playwright

 

Tom Kelly was born in Jarrow and now lives further up the Tyne at Blaydon. He has eight poetry collections and one short story pamphlet; Behind the Wall; his first full-length short story collection was launched in April 2018. He has had a great deal of his stage work produced by the Customs House, South Shields, including the musicals, The Dolly Mixtures, Geordie, Tom & Catherine, Dan Dare, The Machine Gunners.

 

19th June at 3pm: Online Event

 

Meet the Author: David Greaves, children's author

 

This is a great opportunity to learn all about David Greaves' two classic children's books: the newly released, Philippa and the Homeless Bumblebee and also Mr Snuffles' Birthday. 'From beginning to end you will be captured by a nostalgic feeling. The illustrations remind me of Winnie the Pooh books and others from long ago.' www.cupcakemumma.co.uk

 

19th June at 4pm: Online Event

 

Meet the Author: Ingrid Hall - Author of Endometriosis: Our Pain is Real

 

Ingrid Hall, like many authors, knew that she wanted to be a writer from a very early age. However, it was the sudden passing of her father in 2011 that was the driving force which led her to be the accomplished author that she is today. Ingrid was diagnosed with Endometriosis over twenty years ago. This triggered, Endometriosis: Our Pain is Real, a collection of real life experiences.

19th June at 8pm: Online Event

 

Meet the Author: Sarah Northwood - Author of Little Moments of Calm

 

Sarah Northwood is a multi-genre author, who not only writes poetry but is a dab hand at writing piano music too. Her love and passion for poetry is prominent in her children's poem book, "Unicorns are real and other cool poems." More recently Sarah has expanded her talents, releasing children’s short stories, three poetry works and three further published fiction novels for adults.

20th June at 7pm: The Lodge, Blackhill Park, Consett

 

An Audience with Neil Sullivan - Author of Ollie & Nina and...

 

Neil has over 25 years of experience in the advertising industry as Creative Director, Copywriter and Art Director, creating hundreds of funny TV ads. He has always had a keen interest in writing and drawing funny kids' books and cartoons. He uses his insightful advertising communication skills to connect with parents and children alike.

21st June at 5pm: Prospect Business Park, Leadgate, Consett

 

Story Time with Adam Bushnell - Author of Quests in Epica

 

Adam Bushnell is a published author, educational consultant, storyteller, voice over artist and teacher. He works in the UK and internationally in both state and private education. He is the author of eleven books of fiction including Snakes Legs and Cows Eggs (selected by the School Library Association for the Boys into Books list for 2008).

21st June at 7.30 pm: Blackhill Park, Blackhill, Consett

 

Poetry in the Park: Lorraine Weightman - Winging It

 

Lorraine Weightman is a retired teacher and a member of Consett Writers. Her poems have been published in ‘Luminous Echoes’ and ‘Steel Town Blues’ anthologies. She writes a monthly memoir for Consett Magazine about her days growing up in the town and the memories that shaped her. Lorraine is also the author of 'Telling Tales', a collection of 12 stories about growing up in Consett. Her work is mainly autobiographical, sprinkled with exaggeration!

21st June at 8.15pm: Blackhill Park, Blackhill, Consett

 

Poetry in the Park: Steve Urwin - Shades of Grey

 

Steve Urwin is a diarist, ranter and multiple poetry-slam winner from Consett, County Durham. He works as a freelance Creative Writing facilitator. His books include Tightrope Walker, Hypomaniac, Shades Of Grey and So Much for the Sunshine. A new collection, Laughter To Split Glass, is due in August 2018 from Red Squirrel Press. Steve runs the publishing imprint Talking Pen and hosts Poetry Jam in Durham.

21st June at 9pm: Blackhill Park, Blackhill, Consett (Adults Only)

 

Poetry in the Park: Phil Alexander - Poet in the Pub 

 

Phil Alexander a.k.a. The Poet In The Pub has been reading his irreverent poetry in local pubs and clubs since 2008. He is a born-and-bred Consettonian who shot to prominence from his regular TV slot on the controversial Richplanet Starship show in 2011, and the eponymous Poet In The Pub feature-length DVD produced simultaneously.

22nd June at 4pm: Prospect Business Park, Leadgate, Consett

 

Story Time with Noriko Matsubara: Author of Bocchi and Pocchi's Big Surprise

 

Noriko Matsubara is an author and illustrator, who was born in Japan. The inspiration for her stories came from her childhood as she would watch her grandmother regularly darning socks and wondered what might happen to them. Noriko will be reading her picture books and children will make their own sock puppets to take home.

23rd June at 9am: Prospect Business Park, Leadgate, Consett

 

Nathalie Paris: A French Story Telling Session

 

Nathalie's mission is to instil a love of languages and reading through stories in French, German and Spanish. She visits schools with (or without) her mobile library, reads stories in French, works with puppets and also lends books to schools and the general public.

23rd June at 11am: Winlaton Community Centre, Blaydon, Newcastle

 

An Audience with Phil Mews: Author of Orphan Boys

 

Begun on the advice of his friend, writer and broadcaster Sandi Toksvig, Phil Mews wrote Orphan Boys as a cathartic exercise in relieving the pain of the loss of his parents. This is his first book to be published. Originally from Weardale in the north of England, Phil now lives in Scotland with his husband and a sock-stealing Jack Russell terrier. He is now writing his first novel.

23rd June at 1pm: Blackhill Club, Blackhill, Consett

 

An Audience with Jennifer Gilmour: Author of Isolation Junction

 

Born in the north-east, Jennifer is a young, married mum with three children. In addition to being an author, she is an entrepreneur, running a family business from her home-base. Her blog posts have a large readership of other young mums in business. A passionate advocate for women in abusive relationships, she has drawn on her personal experiences to write her first novel Isolation Junction.

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21st June at 7pm: Blackhill Park, Blackhill, Consett

 

Poetry in the Park: Jenni Pascoe

 

Jenni Pascoe is a multi-slam winning North East poet with a penchant for all things purple.  

As founder of nationally acclaimed spoken word night ‘JibbaJabba’, she has curated and hosted regular events throughout the region and beyond, and is a founder member of the Scribblin’ Hinnies collective. Past performances include the Big Chill Festival, Northern Stage, Newcastle Pride, BBC Slam, Lindisfarne Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.