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: 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: 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: Literary Day on 26th May

Darlington for Culture is pleased to support the Darlington Arts Festival Literary Day, co-ordinated by local author Tracey Iceton. The Literary Day on 26th May will celebrate achievements of local writers and it also offers new, existing and lapsed poets, playwrights, novelists etc the chance to develop their craft as part of Darlington Arts Festival more »

ArtsFest: Would You Believe It – script readings

Following their highly successful 2017 debut at the Darlington Arts Festival, No Name Theatre Company presents ‘Would You Believe It’. Three play-script readings exploring the improbable, the surprising and the otherworldly. Play one ‘On your doorstep’: everyday village life can abound with gossip and assumptions, but it can also throw up some surprises. Play two more »

ArtsFest: Jake Howard – From Cop to Killer

In this event Andy Coward, who writes as Jake Howard will talk about his love of crime detection over a 30-year police career and his current love of writing crime novels. There will be a reading from his first crime novel, The Killing Barn (Amazon 4.7/5 star reviews) followed by a Q&A. This will be 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 »