Arts Festival 2018: Music and dance

This year’s music line-up stretches from the first day of the event, with John Hackett Band at The Forum on 19th May, to the final day which will see 30-plus fabulous bands at six town-centre stages on 3rd June as Music Box Fest celebrates its third year. A spokesperson for the John Hackett Band said: more »

ArtsFest: How to Self-Publish a Book Online

Darlington author, Michael Jarvie, will walk you through the various stages of how he prepared for sale in the Amazon marketplace the paperback and ebook versions of his thriller Black Art. He will show you how to: Set up an account on Createspace for the paperback version Choose the appropriate dimensions, paper type and finish more »

ArtsFest: Make a Mark with Your Memories

Do you want to tell the stories of your life? How can you create a lasting record that others will want to read? Helen Victoria Anderson will talk about her decision to publish her moving book ‘Piece by Piece: Remembering Georgina: A Mother’s Memoir’. Workshop participants will then be encouraged to start scribbling, exploring ways more »

ArtsFest: First Pages Surgery

If the first page of your novel doesn’t captivate and entice readers (and publishers) no matter how great the rest of your book is it will languish either or books shelves or, worse, your laptop for all eternity. So, join local novelist, creative-writing tutor and author of the Celtic Colours trilogy Tracey Iceton for a more »

ArtsFest: Author’s question time

Ever wondered what the life of a novelist is like? Do you imagine swanning around in taffeta, sipping cocktails and being taken on long lunches by your editor or being holed up in a freezing garret, tapping with frozen fingers into an ancient typewriter? What about the struggle to make it as a writer and more »

ArtsFest: Inkerman Street – book launch

Join Darlington-based Inkerman Writers for the launch of their anthology of short stories, Inkerman Street, which tells the story of the fictional street’s history through the lives of its residents up until the moment of its demolition. Price: Free event, no booking required Place: Library Room at Friends Meeting House, Skinnergate Date and time: 26th more »

ArtsFest: Pen Power – workshop

Facilitated by poet and bibliotherapy practitioner Natalie Scott, this taster session will guide you through a range of activities designed to help you become more expressive and self-aware, connect with other people and cope better with life’s problems. Some activities will use a poem as a prompt to stimulate your own thoughts through group discussion more »

ArtsFest: Gilbert & Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore

This year’s Darlington Choral Society ‘Summer Sing’ will be a concert version of Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘HMS Pinafore’. The Summer Sing is an informal concert with no admission fee, although there will be a retiring collection. It should be fun for choir and audience alike! Price: Free Place: St Cuthbert’s Parish Centre Date and time: more »

ArtsFest: Britain’s Seaside Pleasure Piers

Seaside pleasure piers are a great British institution of much social, economic and historical importance. Chris has visited every UK seaside pier at least twice to photograph and record this unique part of our culture. One of his published books “Walking Over the Waves” gives an informative account with many a funny tale to tell more »