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Welcome to issue four of our digital ‘zine! It’s the place to come for video interviews and sound clips, mini-documentaries, live performances, playlists, reportage, reviews and much more, created exclusively by us as well as by some of the region’s talented creatives.

Spanning music, theatre, comedy, film, art and everything in between, the NARC. E-ZINE is designed as an antidote to doom-scrolling! With the aim of entertaining and informing, we will provide you with a constant source of exciting, surprising and unusual content continually evolving throughout the issue’s lifespan. Dip back in regularly, there’s new content uploaded all the time!

Journey Between Homes

Part of Project Other, an initiative from North East performers Lila Joy Naruse and Benedicta Valentina Mamuini, Journey between Homes is a two-part film interview which looks into Lila and Benedicta’s parents’ personal experiences of migrating from the respective homes and moving to Newcastle. In this film, Sayuri Naruse talks of her experiences moving to Newcastle from Nagoya, Japan.

Also check out the film featuring Valentina Mamuini and Eduardo Abel Mamuini’s journey from Angola to Newcastle here. The films have themes of personal upbringings, cultural shocks in the UK and finding a sense of belonging in Newcastle.

The Pitmen Flappers

Check out this superb new audio drama created by Middlesbrough writer and director Louise Powell; The Pitmen Flappers follows ex-miner Jimmy after a run-in with loan shark Big Phil – can Jimmy save his marriage and his greyhound Tyson’s life? Set at the ‘flapping’ or unlicensed greyhound racing track of Wheatley Hill in East Durham, the production was commissioned for BBC New Creatives and broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra.

My Writing Life with Fran Harvey: Lucy Nichol

Writer and musician Fran Harvey chats to local authors about their writing processes. In this episode, Fran chats with Lucy Nichol, whose new book, Parklife, is released on 1st June. Passionate about mental health, society and the arts, Parklife follows on from previous novel The 27 Club, and is suffused with music and nostalgia. Read the transcript of Fran’s interview here.

She’s Doing It, So I’m Doing It – Cortney Dixon pt1

An animated podcast series in which Jay Moussa-Mann talks to women working in music production in the North East about their career paths, with the aim of inspiring more women to produce their own music as well as others. In this episode, she speaks to musician and producer Cortney Dixon about her career so far. Listen to an audio version of their chat on our Spotify channel.


Sound recordist David de la Haye releases With Ears Underwater, a new album that reveals the incredible sonic diversity hidden beneath the water. The album features instrumental improvisations alongside the original underwater recordings of marine life, freshwater invertebrates, and aquatic plants, which illustrates the interconnectedness of our acoustic landscape and evoking interspecies dialogue. With Ears Underwater is released 27th May on New Jazz and Improvised Music Recordings and available here. Watch this fascinating mini-doc to find out how the album was made.

Nel Unlit exhibition walk-through

Nel Unlit’s art exhibition/album launch/film screening takes place in the attic of the Westgarth Social Club on Saturday 28th May. The exhibition features self-portraits of each character from the album. They are displayed amongst a real-world, interactive walk-through of the flat in which the story takes place. There is then a screening of the film which is a read-along short story set to the music of the album. The art pieces were created by Joshua Ryan, John Hargan, Nel Unlit’s own Clare Hargan and Tim Head. Check out the video to get an idea of what to expect from this immersive piece of work.

Generator Live Playlist

Celebrating the great and the good of North East music, Generator Live festival comes to Newcastle’s Boiler Shop on Saturday 25th June. With a week of fringe events leading up to it, and a vast array of diverse artists performing, it promises to be quite the party. Here, they curate a playlist of some of the artists performing.

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