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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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Newcastle’s shoppers are being encouraged to express their creative sides – with the help of the resident artist at the city’s historic Grainger Market. As part of the Great Exhibition of the North, Mike Duckett has been painting, sketching and scribbling at the market all summer. Though the exhibition is due...
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...
Four men in smart suits with red ties and pocket squares. They are supposed to all be looking at something in sky for this shot, but one of them is looking at the camera.
The Opera Boys – a group of classically trained singers, whose repertoire extends from opera to West End show songs to pop – are to perform at the Customs House, South Shields, on April 2nd. Different Opera Boys have appeared in West End and Broadway musicals like Phantom of the...
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A rare collection of extraordinary books has inspired no less than 22 up-and-coming north-east artists to contribute to an exhibition at Newcastle City Library. Love Big Books – which begins on 2nd November – will feature a diverse range of artworks based on the library’s fifth size books. Visual artists,...
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...
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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...
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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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A Newcastle MP has praised the new female incarnation of Doctor Who, saying that giving the iconic role to a woman could encourage more girls to take up science.  The Labour MP for Newcastle Central, Chi Onwurah, said she had taken note of the reaction to the airing of a...
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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...

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