Anthology published

The Prison, a new anthology of short stories by Darlington author and Inkerman Writers member Michael Jarvie, is on sale for reading on Kindle. Taking its inspiration from James Joyce’s notion of the “epiphany,” as exemplified by his pioneering work “Dubliners,” this collection of short stories – or composite novel – focuses on the theme more »

Survey shows opposition to Crown Street library move

Friends of Darlington Libraries recently surveyed people about the council’s planned move of Crown Street Library to the Dolphin Centre. The report (the full version of which can be found in the attached pdf), based on surveying in October/November 2016, showed: 96% of respondents were satisfied with the library service at Crown Street, of which more »

Proposal for the future of Cockerton Library is submitted

Darlington Borough Council is being asked to consider a proposal that would save Cockerton Library, which has been threatened due to austerity cutbacks. A steering group including a number of community businesses and organisations has been working over recent months to put together a plan which would see the building remain open as a library/community more »

Author’s second crime novel is published

The second crime novel by Darlington author Michael Beck has been published. Making A Difference, which is available as an ebook published by Inscribe Media, is set in a fictional northern town and tells how Greg Preston, Mister Average in his mid-thirties with a wife and two children, becomes radicalised by an extreme left wing more »

Bud’s trilogy is published

The first three crime novels by writer Bud Craig, from the Darlington area, have been brought together and published as an e-trilogy. Salford Murders features three gripping private eye detective stories set in the industrial North. With the atmosphere of urban decline and inner-city violence, these three murder mysteries are set in the metropolitan area more »

Give Them Wings is published

Darlington authors Paul Hodgson and Mike Jarvie have brought out their new e-book Give Them Wings. Disabled as a result of childhood meningitis, Paul has written this hard-hitting autobiography together with Mike in order to challenge the stereotype of the wheelchair-bound victim condemned to a life on the sidelines. Far from being a passive spectator, more »

Shopping scheme helps to raise funds for DfC

Do you ever shop online? If you buy clothes, stationery, holidays, home appliances, IT gadgets, train travel or just about anything via www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/darlingtonforculture you can raise free cash for Darlington for Culture every time you shop – at no additional cost. Many popular retailers are involved (including Amazon, Argos, eBay, Boots, Tesco, House of Fraser, more »

Council to review libraries decision

The Northern Echo has been told in a statement (on Tuesday September 8) that Darlington Borough Council proposes to set aside the decisions made about the town’s library service in June and to review them again – you can read more at http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/14726282.Decision_to_close_Crown_Street_Library__set_aside__by_Darlington_Borough_Council_following_legal_challenge/ John Dean, Chair of Darlington for Culture, one of the organisations that more »

Legal challenge to library closure decision

Local campaigners have appointed one of the country’s leading judicial review lawyers to challenge Darlington Council in the courts over its decision to close the Crown Street Library. DfC’s comment is at the bottom of the piece. Peter Cuthbertson, who last year ran to be the MP for Darlington, is working with top lawyer Michael more »