The QT

Sunday 14 July 2024
14/07/2024

Edition 7

The past, present and future of Sacriston

Nathan Hopkins and his energetic dog Penny are welcoming hosts — which is just as well. In February a leading academic invited a House of Lords committee to visit Nathan’s village as part of its investigation into failing high streets in towns and villages. If committee members head to Sacriston in County Durham they need …

Life through a lens: Topher McGrillis

Travelling gave Topher McGrillis his first taste of the joys of digital photography, sowing the seeds for a passion which would become part of his professional career. Up until that point, his big passion had been film-making . “I was always obsessed with playing with my friends’ camcorders growing up but didn’t get my first …

Potted history of life in Sunderland

The owners of Sunderland’s thriving 18th and 19th century pottery industry were no mugs. They produced vast numbers of jugs, mugs and wall plaques, many of which illustrated dominant occupations such as mining, maritime, farming and brewing. Pieces were relatively cheap and decorated local workers’ homes and were also bought as keepsakes by visiting sailors. …

Full steam ahead for iconic workshop

The multi-million-pound conversion of an historic engineer’s workshop into a centre for businesses has been completed in Newcastle. The Pattern Shop, behind Central Station, is where Robert Stephenson built and exported steam engines all around the world, putting it at the heart of the industrial revolution in the late 1800s. When it fell empty in …

Conference brings writers together

A full house is expected for this year’s Newcastle Writing Conference for which tickets go on sale today (March 20). Writing may be a solitary activity but that doesn’t mean all writers are solitary people. Grace Keane, senior programme manager at New Writing North, says it’s been five years since the conference last took place. …

Levelling Up: the case for the prosecution

Almost 10 years ago the then Chancellor coined the term ‘Northern Powerhouse’. When Boris Johnson became Prime Minister and replaced it with ‘Levelling Up’ many here asked — isn’t that a downgrade?  After all, the 2010 Coalition Government had not got off to an auspicious start. We lost our regional development agency, One North East, …

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