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Books on Tyne: The Newcastle Book Festival 2018

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The partnership between Newcastle Libraries and the Lit & Phil continues with the eighth year of Books on Tyne: The Newcastle Book Festival. Both venues will stage a remarkably varied programme of events.

The City Library offers some old favourites as Chris Phipps launches his new book, and the Polari Literary Salon return with one of the biggest names in crime writing, Mari Hannah. David Lindo from BBC2’s Springwatch gives us some urban birding tips and the ‘flashing blade’ Alan Robson tells tales of Night Owls and his new WW1 Book. The library also welcomes historian David Olusoga at the launch of the Tyneside branch of The Historical Association.

The Lit & Phil have an equally diverse programme including a celebration of Muriel Spark’s centenary with her friend Alan Taylor, in conversation with Sean O’Brien. Eminent First World War historian Richard van Emden also joins us, with a consideration of his book The Quick and the Dead. For budding detectives there is a session with Laura Wood, author of the Poppy Pym series, and for young story lovers there is a performance of The Snow Bear from Hearthside Tales. This year we are working in partnership with Waterstones, who will be selling books at our events.

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