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The Tees Valley’s biggest literary festival returns to venues throughout the region for the sixth year from Saturday 8th-Saturday 22nd June. Organised by local library services, Crossing The Tees festival shows a commendable commitment to promoting the written word in all its forms, particularly as local library resources continue to be stretched.

Among the highlights of the extensive programme of author-led events, workshops and talks are a performance from poet and comedian Kate Fox, who brings her superb show Where There’s Muck, There’s Bras to the festival (Acklam Community Hub, Saturday 8th); there’s a poetry masterclass with poet in residence Lisette Auton (Stockton Central Library, Tuesday 11th); hear from best-selling authors CJ Tudor and CL Taylor about the art of the dark psychological thriller (Stockton Central Library, Wednesday 12th); join a discussion on feminism and girls’ rights with Sufiya Ahmed, author of Secrets of the Henna Girl (Stockton Central Library, Friday 14th); Middlesbrough’s own Black Light Engine Room Press launch their new Co-Incidental chapbook (Middlesbrough Central Library, Friday 14th); Rowan McCabe presents more Door-To-Door Poetry shenanigans (Stockton Central Library) and singer-songwriter Lee Maddison’s emotive sound will appeal to fans of Cat Stevens and Paul Simon (Community Hub Central, both Friday 21st). There’s more performance from the legendary Electric Kool-Aid Cabaret, featuring poets Bob Beagrie and Andy Willoughby, plus special guests (Middlesbrough Central Library, Saturday 22nd).

Keen to put your own skills to the test? Independent publishers Sixth Element offer mentor sessions and workshops throughout the festival, and there’s a chance to learn from the best in crime writing, historical fiction, poetry and much more.

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