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Crossing The Tees, Teesside’s biggest literary festival, returns with their first ever dedicated coordinator in author Kirsten Luckins. Lovers of both reading and writing can look forward to a variety of events in-person, and online.

The festival launches on Saturday 11th June with Into the Wild Blue Sea by Kate Fox, a short reading of uplifting poetry at TunedIn in Redcar followed by a writing workshop and a quick chat with the poet. Elsewhere that day, a more eclectic afternoon at Base Camp provides an opportunity to make ‘junk journals’, attend a Zoom watch party with novelist Katie Hale, or mingle at Apocalypse How, Apocalypse When, the launch of a gorgeous photobook of Teesside’s post-industrial landscape, in some of Base Camp’s maze of rooms.

In the evening, Stockton’s ARC will host the exclusive premiere of A Time Capsule of Hopes, a short piece created by filmmakers in residence Laura Degnan and Chris Bradburn, followed by a screening of the classic feel-good book adaptation, The Princess Bride.

On Sunday 12th June, crime fiction fans are invited to board the Teesside Princess River Cruise for The Plot Is Murder, an interactive murder mystery. Tickets also include entry to Bodies in the Library, an evening with members of the Northern Crime Writers Syndicate in Stockton Library.

Further highlights include an evening of poetry with Bob the festival closes with An Evening with Ian McMillan and Lucy Holden, two authors at either side of the generational divide using memoir as a method to look back and laugh at their very different experiences of life.Beagrie, which serves as a launch for Judi Sutherland’s poetry collection Following Teisa (Middlesbrough Reference Library, Monday 13th); in The Women Who Saved The English Countryside, Matthew Kelly traces the lives of four women – Beatrix Potter, Octavia Hill, Pauline Dower and Sylvia Sayer – who preserved the essence of landscape (Cockerton Library, Darlington, Wednesday 15th); quirky indie label Bluemoose presents readings by Devika Ponnambalam and Ronan Hession (online, Thursday 16th); explore the wilderness with Professor Dee Heddon at The Walking Library (Stockton Central Library and South Park Cafe, Darlington on Friday 17th); and the festival closes with An Evening with Ian McMillan and Lucy Holden, two authors at either side of the generational divide using memoir as a method to look back and laugh at their very different experiences of life (ARC, Stockton).

Crossing The Tees takes place at various venues on Teesside from Saturday 11thFriday 17th June.

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