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Artwork above by Chan Mercer

Tired of carrying the same dog-eared diary? Looking for something with a little more punch to jot your dentist appointments and social events in for 2016? Know a pretty organised Geordie in need of the ideal Christmas gift? If the answer to one or more of these questions is “whey aye”, then look no further – Newcastle’s very own Wor Diary is back, and hot off the press!

Originally established as a small-scale charity project by a group of friends, Wor Diary has rapidly transformed into one of the region’s best-loved bits of quirky craft, making time-keeping a little more colourful and a lot more painless. Over the past eight years, the crowd-funded project has featured the work of a whole host of local artists with wildly varying backgrounds and styles, keeping each page fresh and exciting with every new edition. But, naturally, there’s more to it than just a bit of fun: virtually all of the proceeds from Wor Diary sales go straight to local charities. In previous years, the diary has succeeded in raising money for a multitude of worthy causes, such as Tyneside Rape Crisis Centre and the Star & Shadow Cinema, as well as giving dozens of brand new artists an innovative platform for their work – rendering it one of the most touchingly dedicated community projects around.

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Artwork by Rachel Cox

Now, after a whirlwind of funding through internet campaigns (and much to the delight of keen stocking-fillers everywhere), this little book of joy is almost ready to hit the shelves. As ever, the latest set of artists responsible for the 2016 edition aim to fill each and every page with a plethora of beautiful illustrations and familiar witticisms, each adhering to the ultimate goal of spreading a little bit of the North East’s much-loved underground history and fiercely defended artistic culture amongst the masses. Among the artists featured in this year’s diary are Agata Ryniewicz, Andrew Coats, Bardon Mike, Chan Mercer, Metro Apologises, Jen O’Neill, Rachel Cox and many more.

What’s more, the diary will feature a variety of themes for each week of the year, ensuring that you never tire of saving the date. All funds raised from Wor Diary 2016 will go towards the West End Refugee Service, a charity which provides friendly and welcoming support services for asylum seekers and refugees living in the West End of Newcastle.

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Artwork by Agata Ryniewicz

Although it is yet to be confirmed, the launch date is nigh: copies are scheduled to be available at venues across Newcastle, including Travelling Man, Tyneside Cinema, Newbridge Books and the Yesterday Society in Grainger Market.

So, for a warm sense of goodwill and a weekly dose of quirky, Geordie-based illustrations, what are you waiting for?

Follow the project’s progress on Twitter: @wordiary2016 and check out the Crowdfunder here.

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