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Following its successful launch last year, The Word are gearing up for another edition of Write Festival from Saturday 12th until Friday 25th May, which returns with an even more ambitious line-up of events. Not only is the bash expanding to a bumper fortnight, but it’s also set to take place in various locations across South Tyneside.

Amongst the many highlights, Stuart Maconie takes to the Customs House to talk about his retracing of the 1936 Jarrow March (Saturday 12th), while Sunderland-based writer of The Shipyard Girls Nancy Revell is set to talk about researching for her historical novels at The Word (Monday 14th). Also at the South Shields library, LJ Ross, author of the DCI Ryan series, is set to give an illuminating chat about her journey as a writer (Saturday 19th). The Stags Head Pub will host a poetry slam for writers to show off their skills (Thursday 24th), while Newcastle publishing house Inpress host a whole day of events at The Word on Sunday 20th aimed at demystifying the writing process.

Two writers will also be taking up residence at The Word. Jarrow-born poet and playwright Tom Kelly is set to work with young people, as well as showcasing his own work. Meanwhile, Jenni Pascoe will be helping develop the poetic skills of various groups, and across the fortnight local authors and publishers are hosting a series of interactive workshops. Whatever your age, whatever your taste, Write Festival is catering for all lovers of literature.

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