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Saturday 15 June 2024
15/06/2024

Author name: David Whetstone

The wonderful world of Kathryn Tickell

A busy summer lies ahead for Kathryn Tickell including a clutch of gigs in Canada and one in France. First, though, there’s her appearance with Amy Thatcher at What A Wonderful World Festival in Alnwick. And what a wonderful name for a festival. Established in 2022, it brings together luminaries from science and the arts …

Choir still hitting the right notes at 70

Newcastle Choral Society, formed in 1954, is marking its 70th anniversary this weekend (Saturday, June 15) with a concert in the Civic Centre’s grand banqueting suite. It should be quite an occasion, worthy of all the creative energy that has been expended over the decades to entertain North East audiences and, of course, themselves. Singing …

Barbour’s £1m gift to the Lit & Phil

Newcastle’s venerable Lit & Phil library has been awarded £1m by the Barbour Foundation to help fund work necessary to secure its future. It’s one of the largest awards ever made to a single organisation by the foundation which was established in 1988 by its chairwoman, Dame Margaret Barbour. Dame Margaret, who also chairs the …

The Story… a new chapter begins

The cathedral, understandably, exerts a pull on visitors to Durham, drawing them up the hill in droves. But now the city has another attraction which perhaps tells its story more succinctly. Called The Story, it is the repository for more stories than it’s possible to quantify. Some of them — as I learned on a …

Cheeseburn reopening for summer weekends

After a two-year hiatus, the gardens at Cheeseburn in Northumberland are reopening to the public for two summer weekends under the name Cheeseburn Art. The gardens, situated in the grounds of Cheeseburn Grange, between Westerhope and Stamfordham, first opened as a sculpture park in 2014 and were a popular draw for eight years. Even in …

Sixteen get A Writing Chance

A route into writing has been secured by 16 people chosen for the latest round of A Writing Chance, the programme championed by actor Michael Sheen. The pioneering programme was co-founded in 2021 by Sheen along with Newcastle-based New Writing North, Northumbria University and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Supporting writers from working class and under-represented …

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