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Never been to the Lit & Phil? Now is your chance to experience what the historic city centre library has offer as they throw their doors open to the public for a full day of events exploring the building and talks on a wide range of weird and wonderful topics.

The day kicks off with Keith Jewitt exploring the rich literary history of Jesmond since 1800 (honestly, who knew one small area of Newcastle could be so prolific?) Ian McArdle continues the academic talks with his look at medical services in World War I. The GHOSTnortheast team will be defying their nocturnal habits to share photos, videos and reminisce on their experiences searching for paranormal activity in the library across five years, while Richard Hornby will be encouraging kids (and their inquisitive parents) to get into astronomy.

Later in the afternoon, Gail-Nina Anderson will be presenting The Vampire Rabbit and His Curious Kin, a quirky look at the fierce rabbit that lurks behind the doorway of St. Nicholas’ Cathedral and exploration of why rabbits and hares are so commonly present in strange traditions and folklore. Anderson will then be in conversation with crime writer Ann Cleeves – creator of Vera and the Shetland series on TV – as she discusses her work and success. Cleeves will also be singing copies of her books for any crime fans out there.

Once an hour throughout the day, the Lit &Phil will also be hosting free tours of the building itself, so you can find out more about the library’s heritage and history. It’s set to be a fascinating insight into one of Newcastle’s best loved literary institutions.

The Lit & Phil will host their Open Day on Saturday 11th July.

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