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November 2018

Foodbank Histories: Journeys of Food Insecurity

November 15 - November 17
Newcastle West End Foodbank Collection Point, Grainger Market, Grainger Street
Newcastle upon Tyne, North East NE1 5QQ United Kingdom
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Newcastle West End Foodbank, one of the busiest foodbanks in Britain, came to an uneasy kind of fame through the Ken Loach film I, Daniel Blake. This exhibition offers an opportunity to move past the statistics and hear real stories of life on the Tyne. Interview extracts focus on food insecurity as well as how those using and working in the Foodbank connect to the Tyne and the role the river plays in people's lives. 'Foodbank Histories' reflects the stories…

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Origins and Endings: Research at the Cutting Edge

November 15, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Joseph Cowen Lifelong Learning Centre, 4th Floor, Commercial Union House, Pilgrim Street
Newcastle upon Tyne, North East NE1 6QE United Kingdom
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Free

At this event two of the best and brightest doctoral students from Newcastle University will present their research, organised around the theme of 'Origins and Endings'. Short presentations will be followed by discussion with the audience. The research on display will range widely across the history and culture of the Tyne Valley. Come to hear, for example, about the North-East’s Second World War Blitz, and Newcastle’s chilling contribution to understanding the effects of nuclear war. This event is hosted in…

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Rivers of Life

November 15, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre, The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre, Bardon Mill
Hexham, Northumberland, North East NE47 7AN United Kingdom
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Free

They say you can never step in the same river twice, yet rivers seem to be a fixture of our everyday lives. From the Tyne to the Tiber, regions and cities are defined by the water coursing through them. This evening of exhibitions and discussions will ask what we know about rivers, and what we ought to know if we are to continue to live along their banks and in their catchments. Visitors will find photography and film, poetry and…

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From Victoria Tunnel to Quantum Tunnelling

November 17, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Victoria Tunnel, Victoria Tunnel Tour Meeting Point, 55 Lime Street, Ouseburn Valley
Newcastle upon Tyne, North East NE1 2PQ United Kingdom
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Free

In this tour of the Victoria Tunnel you will encounter the smallest and largest aspects of reality, confronting terrestrial and celestial questions. It will be a journey from our origins to potential endings via the Victoria Tunnel, which links Newcastle’s unique ground to the majesty of the Tyne. In this event Newcastle University's Experimental Architectural Group (Rachel Armstrong, Rolf Hughes, Pierangelo Scravaglieri, Simone Ferracina) and Culture Lab (John Bowers, Tim Shaw) investigate how the spaces we inhabit can be transformed into…

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Once Upon a Tyne

November 17, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books, 30 Lime Street, Ouseburn Valley
Newcastle upon Tyne, North East NE1 2PQ United Kingdom
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Free

Discover the original scribbles and doodles behind children’s books in this hands-on session with the Seven Stories' collection. Inspired by the Tyne and the rivers, seas and oceans that feature within the Seven Stories' collection, explore manuscripts from authors including David Almond and Robert Westall, and artwork from illustrators including Polly Dunbar. This insightful session will be led by the Seven Stories collection's team and the Children’s Literature Unit at Newcastle University. This event will also be repeated on Saturday…

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Once Upon a Tyne

November 17, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books, 30 Lime Street, Ouseburn Valley
Newcastle upon Tyne, North East NE1 2PQ United Kingdom
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Free

Discover the original scribbles and doodles behind children’s books in this hands-on session with the Seven Stories' collection. Inspired by the Tyne and the rivers, seas and oceans that feature within the Seven Stories' collection, explore manuscripts from authors including David Almond and Robert Westall, and artwork from illustrators including Polly Dunbar. This insightful session will be led by the Seven Stories collection's team and the Children’s Literature Unit at Newcastle University. This event will also be held on Saturday 17…

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Undiscovered Land: Write Like David Almond

November 17, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books, 30 Lime Street, Ouseburn Valley
Newcastle upon Tyne, North East NE1 2PQ United Kingdom
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Free

Join Ann Coburn, children’s author and Lecturer in Creative Writing at Newcastle University for a creative writing workshop for adults. Through a series of creative exercises you will start your own story inspired the work of celebrated North-East writer David Almond. Learn how to convey a sense of place in your writing and incorporate elements of memory, history, magic and transformation. 'Writing will be like a journey, every word a footstep that takes me further into undiscovered land.' David Almond,…

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Wavering Boundaries

November 18, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books, 30 Lime Street, Ouseburn Valley
Newcastle upon Tyne, North East NE1 2PQ United Kingdom
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Join in this guided walk along the Ouseburn Valley. Led by Tom Schofield, Digital Cultures in Culture Lab, Newcastle University alongside one of Seven Stories’ storycatchers, this outdoor walking tour will transport you into the creative world of David Almond - 'My work explores the frontier between rationalism and superstition and the wavering boundary between the two'. Meet at the Seven Stories Visitor Centre reception; this is an outdoor walking tour so wear appropriate outdoor clothing. The guided walk will be…

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Wavering Boundaries

November 18, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books, 30 Lime Street, Ouseburn Valley
Newcastle upon Tyne, North East NE1 2PQ United Kingdom
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Free

Join in this guided walk along the Ouseburn Valley. Led by Tom Schofield, Digital Cultures in Culture Lab, Newcastle University alongside one of Seven Stories’ storycatchers, this outdoor walking tour will transport you into the creative world of David Almond - 'My work explores the frontier between rationalism and superstition and the wavering boundary between the two'. Meet at the Seven Stories Visitor Centre reception; this is an outdoor walking tour so wear appropriate outdoor clothing. The guided walk will be…

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Tales of the Tyne

November 18, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books, 30 Lime Street, Ouseburn Valley
Newcastle upon Tyne, North East NE1 2PQ United Kingdom
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Free

David Almond’s wild and beautiful stories explore the end of the old North East, and the possibilities for new beginnings. Join Dr Lucy Pearson from Newcastle University’s Children’s Literature Unit for a talk on how David imagines these endings and beginnings, followed by a tour of Seven Stories' exhibition 'Where Your Wings Were' which focuses on David's work. As the mines closed and the shipyards fell silent, the North East saw the end of a long and vibrant tradition. Where…

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The Cock-Pit of England

November 20, 5:30 pm - 7:15 pm
Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Buidling, Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne, North East NE1 7RU United Kingdom
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The Northumbrian border was for centuries the site of conflict. This talk shows how the violence and division of past conflicts, so deeply inscribed in the landscape, were re-imagined as romantic heritage. For all the blood-and-guts of Border Ballad culture, this heritage supported dominant ideas of British history and civilisation as progressive and modernising. The Border landscape of past conflict was bound up with nationalism and the rugged uplands of Northumberland were an important basis of English patriotic feeling and…

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Bodies in, Bodies Out

November 21, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Newcastle Guildhall Courtroom, Sandhill, Quayside
Newcastle upon Tyne, North East NE1 3AF
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Explore this unique 17th-century historic courtroom and its maritime connections with the River Tyne. Two short talks will focus on its acoustics and power, and the movement of bodies in and out of the court. Discover this well preserved courtroom containing manacles, iron barbs on the defendant box and a barred holding cell. Johannah Latchem from Newcastle University will discuss her artwork made for the Guildhall courtroom and offer insight into how both historic and new data on its acoustics…

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Origins and Endings: Research at the Cutting Edge

November 22, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Joseph Cowen Lifelong Learning Centre, 4th Floor, Commercial Union House, Pilgrim Street
Newcastle upon Tyne, North East NE1 6QE United Kingdom
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Free

At this event two of the best and brightest doctoral students from Newcastle University will present their research, organised around the theme of 'Origins and Endings'. Short presentations will be followed by discussion with the audience. The research on display will range widely across the history and culture of the Tyne Valley. Come to hear, for example, about the North-East’s Second World War Blitz, and Newcastle’s chilling contribution to understanding the effects of nuclear war. This event is hosted in…

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New Voices in Humanities Research

November 22, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Joseph Cowen Lifelong Learning Centre, 4th Floor, Commercial Union House, Pilgrim Street
Newcastle upon Tyne, North East NE1 6QE United Kingdom
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Free

Scholars across the North-East are conducting cutting-edge research in the humanities. Doctoral students from the region’s universities have competed for the opportunity to present their work and eight successful candidates will deliver short talks at this event. Members of the audience will have the chance to judge the presentations and award prizes for the best. This event is hosted in partnership with the Joseph Cowen Lifelong Learning Centre, forming part of the ‘Culture and Society’ strand of the ‘EXPLORE’ lifelong…

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Tyne to Tees, Our Shores and Seas

November 22, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
South Shields Sailing Club, River Drive
South Shields, North East NE33 1LH United Kingdom
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Free

This event will explore the hidden world lying offshore of the mouth of the Tyne and along the shores to the south by bringing to life our natural and cultural seascapes. This discussion and exhibition will showcase Newcastle University research across a range of subjects, including the amazing ‘Capturing our Coast’ citizen science project (led by Dove Marine Laboratory) and how this helps our natural environment and the volunteers involved, and new thinking about the histories of those living on the…

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‘Highway to Nowhere’? A History of the Tyne Piers

November 24, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Old Low Light, Clifford’s Fort North Shields Fish Quay
North Shields, North East England NE30 1JA United Kingdom
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Starting outside Old Low Lights in North Shields join Marine Planner, Kathyrn, for a 2.5 mile walk along the River Tyne to the entrance of the North Tyne Pier, Tynemouth and back exploring the social history of the Tyne Piers. This guided walking tour will discuss the purpose of the Tyne Piers and consider what the River Tyne would be like without them, and what this would have meant for Victorian Tyneside. Kathryn's research has delved into the archives to…

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Songs from the Dam

November 24, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Boiler House, Newcastle University, Boiler House, Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne, North East NE1 7RU United Kingdom
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Free

Explore stories, tunes and folk songs of the North East in this special event with Kathryn Tickell, David Almond and Amy Thatcher. David Almond’s new book The Dam, beautifully illustrated by Levi Pinfold, tells the story of the flooding of Kielder Water. After the valley was abandoned and before the waters rushed in, Kathryn and her father Mike Tickell visited the empty farms and homesteads, playing the songs of Northumbria there for one final time. These artists’ work grows from…

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