NewcastleGateshead lands inaugural English event

Newcastle's Civic Centre will host the first English: Shared Futures event from 5-7 July.

A cultural fringe will see readings and workshops taking place around the city
A cultural fringe will see readings and workshops taking place around the city

Around 600 writers, critics, academics, teachers and linguists from around the UK are expected to come together to celebrate their subject.

Part conference, part festival, the event is being organised by the English Association, University English and the National Association of Writers in Education, with support from the Institute of English Studies and the Higher Education Academy.

A cultural fringe will see readings and workshops from local, national, and international writers and groups taking place across the city. It will also be joining in with the 50th anniversary commemorations of Newcastle University awarding Dr Martin Luther King an honorary degree in 1967.

Alongside 150 panels, readings and workshops there will be a series of ‘literary salons’, masterclasses, and talks from leading figures in the discipline including Martin Stannard, Kathyrn Hughes, Andrew Hadfield, Deborah Camerson, Bernardine Evaristo, and Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy in conversation with Jackie Kay.

The bid to secure the event was led by professor Jennifer Richards Professor of English Literature at Newcastle University and chair of English Association Higher Education Committee, while NewcastleGateshead’s convention bureau worked with the organisers to help secure the conference venue and accommodation.

"This is the first conference of its kind in the UK, organised by all of the national associations supporting the study of English and Creative Writing," said Richards.

"I am delighted that the city of Newcastle was chosen to host it - there is no better place for this festival! I would like to extend a warm welcome to the more than 600 delegates who will be celebrating with us," she added.


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