Arts Festival 2018: Literary events and talks

The festival presents talks for all ages with an intergenerational event on 21st May commemorating the 100th anniversary of Votes for Women, with special guest speakers, and a young writers workshop on 30th May. Plus, there is the NERA talk on 19th May, a performance by Vane Women on 30th May and two talks by more »

ArtsFest: Poetry Speed Dating – workshop

The Durham/Tees Valley Stanza is a group of poets which meets every month to share our work and enjoy a wide range of poems. If you’d like to get your imagination going and start writing some poems of your own, please join us for a Poetry Speed Dating workshop. All you need is a notebook, more »

ArtsFest: The Synthetic Narrative of the LILS

What happens to muse-driven writers when the muse is absent? Finding himself bereft, the husk, John S Rutherford reviewed his literary pretensions for inspiration and returned to his connection with The Long Itchington Literary Society for solace. In an act of breathless cultural appropriation Mr Rutherford will present an hour of The Synthetic Narrative of members and associates of more »

ArtsFest: Soapbox Sessions

Soapbox Sessions is a weekly open mic night for musicians, comedians and poets, which takes place at Hole In The Wall, hosted by Dave Saunders. The event features a different special-guest headliner every Sunday night – gather, watch, perform. Price: Free Place: Hole In The Wall Date and time: 20th May doors 7pm Contact:

ArtsFest: Young Writers Creative Workshop

Young writers (aged 7+) are invited to join author and creative writing tutor Tracey Iceton for this fun, interactive story workshop. There will be the chance to create your own storybook with advice on writing characters, developing plot, using imaginative language and including action, speech and description in your stories. There will also be chance more »

ArtsFest: Celebrating Achievement Open Mic

An open mic opportunity for creative writers to share their published works. Following the closure of the Arts Centre in 2012, DfC has worked to provide a platform for local artists to showcase their work. At the heart of their programme has been the annual Arts Festival with its growing focus on creative writing and more »

ArtsFest: Writing for Community

This workshop will give participants the chance to work through a sample of writing prompts for creativity and self expression. It aims to provide encouragement for new writers and experienced writers not writing at present. Susan was an Occupational and Drama Therapist, Language and Montessori teacher. She worked as a group facilitator with a special interest more »


ArtsFest: Darlington Arts Festival 2018

The sixth annual Darlington Arts Festival takes place this year from 19th May to 3rd June. All events in the festival that are listed on this website have ‘ArtsFest’ in their headline. Look out also for the Darlington Arts Festival 2018 logo online and on posters around town. There is a whole day of events more »

ArtsFest: A scream in the night – talk

Crime writer John Dean, the creator of the DCI John Blizzard and DCI Jack Harris series, who has had 16 novels published and is currently with The Book Folks of London, talks about where his ideas come from. Price: Free event, no booking required Place: Library Room at Friends Meeting House, Skinnergate Date and time: more »