FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

Pre-booking required for these highlight events. Contact Sarah or Norma


ACROSS THE POND
28th Sept - 7:30pm - £5.00 Entry
An evening of varied music from ‘Across the Pond’, (with a touch of poetry) from popular local performers to include; The John Wrightson Band, Lirica, Whisky & Wine, Tom Guest, Trevor Bond, Nest, Norma Neal and Terry West.


NORMAN CORNISH - BEHIND THE SCENES
MIKE THORNTON
30th Sept - 7:30pm - £5.00 Entry

Celebrating the centenary of the artist’s birth, Norman Cornish’s son–in-law will present an illustrated talk covering many of the key moments in Cornish’s career. Revealing predominantly unseen works and images of life in his family home in Spennymoor from the 50 s and 60s, this is a story of great determination and resilience to overcome adversity and prejudice, on a journey to becoming a professional artist.
SPOKEN WORD NIGHT
KATE FOX & GUESTS
14th Oct - 7:30pm - £5.00 Entry

Kate is a prolific stand-up poet, performer, broadcaster, activist and educator. A voice for the voiceless, using her comedy to guide you through the chaos of life. She has supported top artists John Cooper Clarke and Hollie McNish. Currently touring her show, ‘Where there’s muck, there’s bras’ celebrating top Northern women through the ages. A wonderful wordy night brought to you by host Tony Gadd of Gong Fu Poets with supporting acts.
AN EVENING WITH JEZ LOWE
13th Oct - 7:30pm - £10.00 Entry

As well as being an established songwriter and international touring musician, Jez Lowe, from Easington in County Durham, has now branched out as a writer, and is launching his second novel at this year’s Bookends Festival. Like his first, “The Dillen Doll”, the new book is very much inspired by the folk songs and traditions of his native North East England. Join Jez for an intimate evening of song, witty anecdote and readings.
GROWING UP IN THE PIT VILLAGES
A Talk on Sid Chaplin
MICHAEL CHAPLIN
19th Oct - 1:30pm till 3:00pm - £5.00 Entry

Growing up in the pit villages of Durham in the 1920’s and 1930’s, Sid Chaplin became a miner himself at Dean and Chapter Colliery in Ferryhill before beginning to write short stories and poems rooted in the world of the pit. In time Sid became an acclaimed novelist, writing many books set in his beloved North-East. In this moving and amusing talk his son Michael, himself a playwright - writer of the long-running Radio 4 drama series The Ferryhill Philosophers - recreates his father’s inspiring journey from pit lad to man of letters, as set out in his book ‘Hame - My Durham’.

EVENTS


CREATING CHARACTERS
Children’s Workshop
HOLLY STERLING
Sedgefield Library
28th Sept 10:00am till 12:00noon Free children’s event (7 to 11 yrs)

In this family friendly storytelling and drawing event you will discover how Holly creates her own lovable picture book characters and have the chance of creating your very own. And if you’re good she might give you a sneaky peak at work in progress.


ACROSS THE POND*
Music & Poetry
28th Sept 7:30pm £5.00 Entry


NORMAN CORNISH-BEHIND THE SCENES*
MIKE THORNTON
30th Sept 7:30pm £5.00 Entry

THE ART OF NORMAN CORNISH
TONY GADD
A Poetry Workshop 30th Sept 2:00pm till 4:00pm Free Event

Just as a picture paints an image, so can words. Join poet Tony Gadd to create words and poetry which reflect Norman Cornish’s iconic mural painting of the Durham Miners Gala.
NORTHPENS WRITERS
Creative Writing Workshop
3rd Oct 1:30pm till 3:00pm £3.00 Entry

Be inspired! - Dialogue can create a story; have fun finding your voices with NorthPens Writers.
WRITING IN RESPONSE TO LOSS
LUCIE BROWNLEE
5th Oct 10:30am till 12:00noon £3.00 Entry

Following the sudden death of her husband, Lucie started writing a blog as a way of releasing some of the heartbreak. Her blog went on to win a national award. Participants will be given sample texts, guided writing exercises, and an opportunity to share their words if they wish.
LIRICA CONCERT
5th Oct 7:30pm £6.00 Entry

The close harmony vocals of Lirica come together for an intimate concert in Ceddesfeld Hall.
RESEARCHING FAMILY HISTORY
MARGARET HEDLEY
7th Oct 10:30am till 12:00noon £3.00 Entry

Develop your own research skills with Margaret, who has 30 years of experience in researching families from around the North East of England. Her story about her great, great grandmother brings together family and local history from the County Durham area.
SEDGEFIELD U3A SCRIBES
Creative Writing Workshop
9th Oct 1:30pm £3.00 Entry

Doors are fascinating, why is that one red? Why is the other one blue? What could be behind a door like that? Come along and join the scribes and have a go at different types of writing, imagining what different doors might open up to reveal.
HISTORICAL FICTION
A TALK BY GRIFF HOSKER
9th Oct 7:30pm £3.00 Entry

Griff Hosker is the author of over 120 books in the historical novel genre. He has sold over one million books worldwide. His series include the Roman period, the Viking period but his most popular books are his medieval novels which cover 1100 - 1485. Many of his novels are set in the north east of England.
WRITING FOR WELLBEING
DR NATALIE SCOTT Poet and Practitioner
11th Oct 10:30am till 12:00noon £3.00 Entry

With a range of activities, this is the perfect session for maintaining your levels of mental fitness whilst doing something fun with other people. You don’t need to be a ‘writer’ to take part, and you don’t have to share your writing. The session is about process not product. Lirica perform a variety of musical styles, from early music madrigals and part-songs to contemporary musicals and a cappella arrangements of pop songs and promise an evening of entertainment and harmony. Not to be missed!
OCTOBER DINNER
An Evening of Comedy in Stories and Verse 12th Oct 7:00pm £20.00

To include a drinks reception, main and sweet courses, cheese board, coffee and mints.
AN EVENING WITH JEZ LOWE*
13th Oct 7:30pm
£10.00 Entry

SPOKEN WORD NIGHT*
KATE FOX & GUESTS
14th Oct 7.30pm £5.00 Entry

SCREECHERS AND SUFFRAGETTES
CHRIS LLOYD Illustrated Talk
15th Oct 7:30pm till 9:00pm £3.00 Entry

The Role of the Darlington area in the campaign to get women the vote. Chris Lloyd is the chief features writers at The Northern Echo and Darlington & Stockton Times where he specialises in local politics and local history. He has written eight books about the area’s local history and is well known for his colourful talks. Be entertained!
EASINGTON WRITERS
Salt of the Earth Talk & Workshop
17th Oct 1.30pm till 3:00pm £3.00 Entry

Their latest anthology of poems and short stories celebrates the humour, pathos and wonder of humanity and the world we live in, of the spice and pain that makes up The Salt of the Earth. If you want some encouragement to find your writing voice, or to enjoy some original stories and verse, this is the event for you.

SUPER SATURDAY LITERARY & ARTS FAYRE


19th Oct 10:00am till 1:00pm Free Event
The main hall at Ceddesfeld will be packed with well known, local authors, illustrators, poets, writing groups and wordsmiths. There will be opportunity to buy signed copies, ask questions and discuss the wide variety of work on show. Also enjoy the work of Ceddesfeld Hall Art Group and Sedgefield U3A Photography Group.
Something for everyone!

SUPER SATURDAY EVENTS


WRITER ON THE LOOSE
AVRIL M. JOY
10:00am till 11:00am £3.00 Entry

Writer on the loose after 25 years in prison! Avril M Joy is a short story writer, novelist and occasional poet, whose ‘Millie and Bird’ won the Short Story Award in the 2012 Costa Book Awards. For Sedgefield Book Ends Avril gives a fascinating talk on her work at Low Newton Women’s Prison. Not to be missed!


FANTASTIC FOLK TALES OF COUNTY DURHAM
ADAM BUSHNELL
11:00am till 12:00noon Free Children’s Event
A talk/activity for children on the ‘Fantastic Folk Tales of County Durham’ including Sedgefield’s Pickled Parson – Plenty of opportunity to dress up and use historical artefacts!
GROWING UP IN THE PIT VILLAGES*
A Talk on Sid Chaplin
MICHAEL CHAPLIN
1:30pm till 3:00pm £5.00 Entry

SCHOOLS WORKSHOP

By invitation only


THE ART OF NORMAN CORNISH
TONY GADD
30th Sept 10:00am - 12noon

Poet Tony Gadd will explore the world of the iconic mural of Durham Miners’ Gala created by Norman Cornish, encouraging pupils to weave their own tapestry of spoken words.
SNOWDROP THE SPIKE SHUFFLER
PETER BARRON
4th Oct 9:30am - 12noon

Peter presents an inspirational talk and workshop on his book ‘Snowdrop the Spike Shuffler’ which is dedicated to anyone who has ever been judged because in the eyes of others they were different.