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Bibliophiles be blessed! Books On Tyne returns between Saturday 24th November-Sunday 2nd December to delight all lovers of poetry, prose and everything in-between. Most of the action centres around the City Library, kicking off on the Saturday with Chris Phipps, who presents his biography Namedropper! which charts his 50 years in music and entertainment. Also on a musical note, on Tuesday 27th at The Lit & Phil DJ Taylor talk about his book Rock And Roll Is Life, which charts the trajectories of great ‘60s and ‘70s supergroups. The Polari Literary Salon returns on Wednesday 28th with the multi-talented Rosie Wilby, playwright and performer Alexis Gregory and crime author Mari Hannah joined by regular host Paul Burston. Also on the same day, Glen Brown will be presenting his latest novel Ironopolis, set on a fictionalised estate in Teesside, which is already being compared to textual titans such as Bret Easton Ellis and Will Self.

At a different end of the spectrum, rock and metal writer Mick Wall heads to City Library on Thursday 29th with his new book Black Days with Black Sabbath & Other Horror Stories, which presents a semi-fictional account of his days in the 1980s. It’s up to you to figure out where the line between fact and fiction lies. On Friday 30th, Bob Stanley (of Saint Etienne and author of acclaimed book Yeah Yeah Yeah) is in conversation with Northumbria University’s Brian Ward in what promises to be a fascinating conversation on writing about popular music (as well as giving a sneak peek into their latest works).

On Saturday 1st December, author, broadcaster, filmmaker and activist David Olusoga – who was born in Lagos and raised in Newcastle, and is known for his BAFTA Award-winning series Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners – launches the Tyneside branch of the Historical Association.

If you’re hungry for new literary lands to explore, Books On Tyne is once again catering for even the most ravenous of readers.


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