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Portrait of Ken Loach smiling and pointing to his mouth
A jobcentre manager from Newcastle has criticised Ken Loach’s popular recent film I, Daniel Blake. Steve McCall, employer relationship manager at Jobcentre Plus in Tyne and Wear and Northumberland, said, “I hope people don’t think the film is a documentary because it’s a story that doesn’t represent the reality...
Clive John performing as Johnny Cash, dressed in black with the head of his guitar thrust forward.
The Johnny Cash Roadshow – a spectacular tribute to the Man in Black – is coming to the North East next week. The Johnny Cash Roadshow will play Consett’s Empire Theatre on February 9th and the Customs House, South Shields, on February 12th. Aiming to be a “a concert crossed...
photo courtesy of Picnicin from Wikipedia Creative Commons
Newcastle will soon have a new sculpture from Anthony Gormley, the sculptor responsible for the north east’s iconic Angel of the North statue. The sculpture – entitled Clasp – is to be installed on the campus of Newcastle University. The artwork – which Gormley will loan to the university –...
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Blues veterans The Blues Band are set to play Sage, Gateshead, on 28th October. Formed in 1979 by ex-Manfred Mann members Paul Jones and Tom McGuinness as a band “just to play the blues”, The Blues Band are today regarded as one of the best purveyors of rhythm and blues...
Memory Quilt - Poland Quilt
Talks, films and poetry readings are among the events that will be held in Newcastle on and around Holocaust Memorial Day 2018. Newcastle will also see visits from Holocaust survivors and their descendants, among them Judge Rinder from ITV’s Judge Rinder and the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. The programme of events...
Portrait of Gillian Web with hair braided over her shoulder.
A 68-year-old north-east poet has been announced as the winner of The Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry 2016. Gillian Allnutt, who has strong connections with Tyneside and County Durham, will receive the award from the Queen in a ceremony to be held later this year. The Gold Medal for Poetry...
Nell Bryden
Later this month, Newcastle fans of Nell Bryden will have the chance to enjoy an intimate gig from the singer-songwriter. The New-York-born, London-based musician is embarking on a UK tour to support her new EP Soundtrack to Little Wing (Part 1), as well as her recently released album Living Room...
Yet Another Prize-winning Poet Joins Newcastle University
Newcastle University now has three winners of the prestigious poetry honour the TS Eliot Prize among its staff. Jacob Polley won this year’s TS Eliot Prize with his collection Jackself while Professor Sean O’Brien was awarded the same honour in 2007 for The Drowned Book. Now Northern Irish poet Sinead Morrissey...
Jacob Polley posing in a meadow of waist high grass and flowers, holding a book.
A poet from the north east has won a prestigious literary prize. Jacob Polley, a Newcastle lecturer, clinched the prize for his collection Jackself, a disturbing work about the loss of innocence. After reading many manuscripts and months of deliberation, the three judges chose Mr Polley’s collection from a shortlist...
BARRY HYDE - PRESS PHOTO
Barry Hyde – the ex-frontman of Noughties indie-rockers The Futureheads – is to play a surprise, one-off Newcastle gig this December. Formed in Sunderland by musicians from north-east working-class backgrounds, The Futureheads went on to hit the charts and enjoy international success. The band got together in 2000 and – in...

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