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Image: The unveiling of a mural of Gil Scott Heron by artist Dan Lish, by Owen-Humphreys/PAWIRE

The inaugural Words Weekend literary festival, taking place at Sage Gateshead from Friday 6th-Sunday 8th December, have already announced a host of household names, including the likes of Nadiya Hussain, David Olusoga, Marian Keyes, Grayson Perry, Michael Morpurgo, Stacey Dooley, Ben Okri and Candice Carty-Williams.

Their further announcement today continues to demonstrate an exceptional international line-up which champions diversity, accessibility and the rich culture of the North East. Artists joining the line-up include Lisette Auton, Kid Normal with Greg James, Chris Phillips, Nina Wadia, Norman Jay, Jess Phillips MP, Jackie Hagan, Katrina Porteous and many more. A new mural of pioneering poet and activist Gil Scott-Heron, located in the railway arches by the venue, has also been unveiled, marking an important collaboration between Words Weekend and the Arches Academy, which seeks to provide alternative education and engagement through creative activities such as digital music, urban and dance music and street art.

Here at NARC. we’re proud to be joining the line-up of events, as founder and editor Claire Dupree and NARC. contributor, copywriter and journalist Mark Grainger host a free workshop for budding writers and reviewers on the Friday evening. Participants will get the opportunity to review events and interview authors across the weekend, with a fanzine being produced for distribution on the final day. A varied assortment of NARC. writers will be on hand throughout the weekend, providing advice and giving feedback in our very own Newsroom. We also have a pop-up stage on the concourse on Sunday evening, featuring lyrical storytelling from Faithful Johannes, Me Lost Me and The Black Sheep Frederick Dickens.

With over 40% of the total programme free of charge, in addition to an extensive public space programme and engagement opportunities, Words Weekend promises to deliver fascinating conversations and unique experiences. To view the full line-up and buy tickets, visit the Words Weekend website.

Those interested in signing up to the free NARC. reviewers workshop should email info@wordsweekend.com, spaces are limited.

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