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South Shields’ annual celebration of the written word returns to its rightful home of The Word this month, after last year’s online iteration. Taking place from Friday 17th-Saturday 25th September, the fifth annual festival will encourage bibliophiles and literary lovers across the region to engage with authors, take part in workshops and seminars and enjoy performances from a vast range of guests.

Of particular note on the packed line-up are events featuring historian Lucy Adlington, who discusses her book about Auschwitz’s last surviving seamstress (Friday 17th); Ben Lamb is the author of the first dedicated study of the tropes of the British television police series, his witty and insightful talk is perfect for crime drama addicts (Tuesday 21st); best-selling authors Harriet Evans (The Beloved Girls) and Lissa Evans (V Is For Victory) are In Conversation about their careers (Wednesday 22nd); renowned crime author Nicci French – the pseudonym for the writing partnership of Nicci Gerrard and Sean French – talk about their new thriller (Thursday 23rd); and award-winning author of the Vera and Shetland series, Ann Cleeves, discusses her new book The Heron’s Cry (Saturday 25th). For those looking to expand their own writing skills Sixth Element Publishing will provide one-to-one mentoring sessions on writing and publishing (via Zoom, Sunday 19th); lovers of Gothic stories can discover more about the genre with local writer Helen Scarlett, who also discusses her road to publication (Sunday 19th); Margaret Murphy hosts two Zoom workshops focusing on dialogue and kickstarting the writing process (Monday 20th); and young writers can try out different forms of writing across three courses, run in partnership with New Writing North (Saturday 25th).

The WRITE Festival takes place at The Word, South Shields from Friday 17th-Saturday 25th September

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