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 »

ArtsFest: Plotting a Short Story

Ever had a good idea for a short story, but couldn’t find a way to round it off? In this workshop, participants will explore ways to make links across a narrative and create interesting and compulsive plots. Example short stories will be analysed, advice given for writers’ own ideas and opportunities provided to develop own more »

ArtsFest: Reading Event

Bennett House Writers are a small group of Darlington based writers who meet every Monday in Age UK, Bradbury House. Darlington. at 10.30am. They work together to support each other in developing their creative writing by reading out their work to the group, discussing its merits and suggesting improvements to the work. Join them for more »

ArtsFest: Poetry Reading

A chance to hear Vane Women read their own poetry/prose. In addition, our newest published poet, Judi Sutherland, will read from her hot-off-the-press book The Ship Owner’s House. There will also be a 10-minute slot for participation in our Open Mic – so why not bring along a piece of your own? Vane Women are more »