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Keen to be a writer? Then this could be your chance

Creative writing tutor John Dean is taking bookings for the Summer 2017 term of his popular courses at the Friends’ Meeting House in Skinnergate, Darlington. The adult learning courses deal with all aspects of creative writing, focusing primarily on prose, including short stories, novels and other forms of writing as well as occasional forays into more »


Fifth Darlington Arts Festival programme is launched

The programme has been announced for the fifth Darlington Arts Festival – themed A Celebration of Talent – due to run at a wide range of venues across the borough. Co-ordinated by Darlington for Culture (DfC), the group which speaks for arts and culture in the area, the festival has 64 events at 18 venues more »

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New volunteering service provides opportunities

Darlington for Culture and Darlington Hippodrome have launched an exciting new venture to support and promote arts and culture in the town. With the restoration work at Darlington Civic Theatre moving towards the final stages a new volunteering partnership has been forged between the regionally renowned Theatre and the award-winning community arts organisation, Darlington for more »


Students show their talent

Arts students have been given the chance to gain some real-life experience of putting creative ideas into practice through a special project at Darlington’s indoor market. The Arts Foundation Course students at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College were challenged to develop ideas to use art not just to brighten up the Victorian building but also more »

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More cause for concern over Crown Street plan

The Northern Echo has revealed a further cause for concern over the council’s plan to move Crown Street Library to the Dolphin Centre in the form of a legal issue that will further delay the proposals. You can find out more at


Darlington’s New Orleans Jazz Club under way in style for 2017

Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club have live bands performing eleven months of the year and, because the club is friendly with the organisers of two other northern clubs – Bedale and Boston Spa Jazz Clubs – it means they can put together a northern mini-tour. Next concert. Part of Darlington Arts Festival, see Darlington more »


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 »