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If you’re stuck for something to do in the next seven days, look no further as our handy guide has you covered. This week you can indulge in some serious bibliophilia, get to know some of the best women directors of short films, spend an evening with one of Germany’s best comedians, be bowled over by a living rock’n’roll legend and much more.

Monday 5th October
FILM Short Film Night @ Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle

The return of Candle & Bell’s short film night at the Tyneside Cinema is a cause for celebration for any avid cinephile. If you also happen to be interested in women directors then this return to the venue is a doozy. From controversial sci-fis to coming of age tales and an exploration of what it’s like to try and find a non-domestic space, the films that the organisation will be screening are a feast of themes and styles that show off the range of material that women are directing right now. The directors will also be in conversation after the screening so you’ll be able to dig that little bit deeper into their work and inspirations.

Tuesday 6th October
ART AND LIT Durham Book Festival @ Various Locations, Durham

Whether you’re a fan of fiction or an avid devourer of real life tales, Durham’s annual book festival is just one of those events that’s truly unmissable for bibliophiles in the north east. Kicking off on Tuesday, this year’s festival has one of the most impressive and diverse line ups to date. Literary heavyweights Pat Barker, Sean O’Brien, Simon Armitage, Philip Pullman and Bill Bryson will all be talking about their latest work and careers. There’s also highlights in the shape of Lauren Laverne talking about Yves Saint Laurent, Mary Portas’ Shop Girl and Caroline Criado-Perez chatting on the subject of women’s rights. With such an extensive line up, there’s something to suit everyone’s taste.

Wednesday 7th October
MUSIC Barrence Whitfield and the Savages @ The Cluny, Newcastle

From the moment you hear his barrel-toned, rousing, rollicking voice you know you’re listening to the unmistakeable sound of Barrence Whitfield. Drawing comparison to classic soul screamers such as Little Richard and Wilson Pickett, Whitfield is one of those utterly charismatic and unique performers who can put fire in your belly and a shiver down your spine at the same time. His latest album with funk-filled outfit The Savages was a rip-roaring adventure through rock’n’roll of old that’ll sound like an unstoppable juggernaut in the confines of The Cluny. Surely you don’t need more persuading…

Thursday 8th October
COMEDY Henning Wehn @ Playhouse, Whitley Bay

Mein gott! Even when you’re from the relatively close shores of Western Europe, assimilating to British society can sometimes feel like a Herculean task. Despite more than ten years in Blighty, German Ambassador for Comedy (TM) Henning Wehn still hasn’t quite got to grips with all our little foibles. What’s wrong with the Euro, for instance? Expect a diplomatic masterclass and a good dose of chucklesome humour from the Radio 4 favourite as he gives us Brits a crash course in personal accountability at Whitley Bay’s Playhouse. Wunderbar!

Friday 9th October
MUSIC 1st Birthday Party @ Dun Cow, Sunderland

Sunderland’s Dun Cow is turning one! Hooray! There’s no better excuse to get some of the city’s best musical talents in the venue for a good old knees-up and rest assured, this line up is almost ridiculously strong. It all starts downstairs, where singer-songwriter Ani Sandwith will be kicking off the day, followed by sets from YUMA’s Shannon Powell, Seona McQue, This Little Bird and Marc Oliver. Later on folk duo Skylark Song will be relocating upstairs to get the evening revelries underway. They’re followed by the baroque piano epics of Barry Hyde and beautiful craftsmanship of The Lake Poets before 70s-inspired pop-rock stompers Lilliput round off the night. Who’s bringing the party hats and streamers then?

Saturday 10th October
ART AND LIT Localism @ mima, Middlesbrough

Teesside has a very rich cultural heritage, one which sometimes gets overlooked. New exhibition Localism still promises to redress the balance by offering a fascinating insight into Boro heritage from way back in 1829 until now. Hoping to create an encyclopaedic family tree of creativity in the area, the organisers of the exhibition are also hoping that local people will get involved and contribute to their rich tapestry. Whether you’re an expert in industrial art or niche crafts, make sure you share your knowledge so it can be passed down to future Teessiders.

Sunday 11th October
MUSIC Will Kaufman @ People’s Bookshop, Durham

One of the more intimate and niche events at the city’s book festival this year, seeing Professor of American Culture Will Kaufman perform his live documentary at the People’s Bookshop in Durham is a must for anyone interested in the States during the 1930s. Using the music of Woody Guthrie to illustrate the story of one of the country’s most turbulent decades – in which everything from the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression to the New Deal took place – Kaufman weaves an innovative and engaging take on history. He’ll also be taking a look at popular music at the time, blending culture and societal issues together effortlessly. It may have been Hard Times and Hard Travelin’ but not when you’re listening to this master of narrative craft.


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