Evolving English events programme


Evolving English exhibition opening
To be opened by the Lord Mayor at 10am on Friday 18 February – everyone welcome.
Chillingham Road Community Primary School will sing songs from the ‘New Geordie Song Book’ written by Steve Halsey, Head of Newcastle Schools Music Service and the Lord Mayor will open the exhibition. This is followed by a choir performance in the Bewick Hall on level 2 of City Library at 10:30am.

Evolving English exhibition
18 – 26 February 2011
Level 6, City Library
An exhibition relating to language through the ages. There will be books from the strong room showing treasures of the English language including Samuel Johnson’s 1755 dictionary and an early Kings’ James Bible. We’ll also have contemporary material on display including original artwork and memorabilia from Viz. More exhibits to be announced shortly…

Talkin’ the Toon
Laszlo Torday photography exhibition
17 – 24 February 2011
Level 1, City Library

Laszlo Torday (1890-1975) was a chemical engineer, industrialist and keen amateur photographer. He arrived in Tynemouth in January 1940 from Hungary and eventually moved to Jesmond. His photographs reflect his interest in the streets and people of Newcastle especially of the Heaton and Jesmond area in the 1960s and 1970s.  The Local Studies section of the City Library holds 100 photograph albums of his work. This exhibition highlights some of these fantastic images of people in conversation, in and around Newcastle.

North East dialects caught on film
Monday 21 February 2011
1pm – 8pm, Level 2, City Library

The Northern Region Film & Television Archive will be screening a rolling programme of news items from the Tyne Tees Television archive. Drop in and view a collection of news reports including interviews and vox pops with people across the region to showcase and celebrate North East dialects from the 1960s and 1970s.


Unless otherwise stated, events need to be booked in advance by phoning 0191 2774100 or emailing information@newcastle.gov.uk. All events are free except for the launch event.

Evening launch event
Saturday 19 February 2011
7pm – 10pm, Level 2, City Library

The Evolving English campaign will be celebrated at the City Library by local writer Johnny Handle, Viz founder Simon Donald and comedian Billy Mitchell in a special evening celebrating everything Geordie through dialect poetry and comedy. Strong language is likely and this event is suitable for those aged 18 or over. Proof of age may be requested on the night. Tickets are £5 and include a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink. To book your ticket phone 0191 2774100 or email information@newcastle.gov.uk.

Meet the author – Martyn Waites
Sunday 20 February 2011
2pm – 4pm, level 6, City Library
Local crime writer Martyn Waites will be visiting to talk about his life and work. He will answer any questions that you may have about becoming a writer.

Play with words
Are you a brainy bairn? Explore local stories and have fun with word games. Suitable for children aged 8 and over.
Tuesday 22 February 2011
2pm – 4pm, room 4, City Library
2pm – 3pm, Newbiggin Hall Library
2:15pm – 3:15pm, High Heaton Library
Thursday 24 February 2011
10:45am – 11:30am, Kenton Library
2pm – 3pm, Walker Library
Friday 25 February 2011
2:30pm – 3:30pm, East End Library

Writer in residence
Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 February 2011
9am – 5pm, roaming City Library

Writer in residence Kachi Ozumba will be based in the library watching and talking to customers for inspiration to create a short story based on City Library. On Wednesday 23 February he has a session for creative writers to drop by and discuss any writing issues from 2pm to 5pm on level 3.

‘A Hundred Years of Tyneside History in Words, Sounds and Pictures: The Talk of the Toon Corpus’.
Wednesday 23 February 2011
5pm – 5:45pm, Level 2, City Library

A talk on our local language by Dr. Isabelle Buchstaller, Prof. Karen Corrigan, Dr. Adam Mearns and Dr. Herman Moisl from Newcastle University’s School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics.

Pies, peas and poetry
Wednesday 23 February 2011
6:15pm, Level 2, City Library

A culturally packed night sponsored by Dickson’s pies with the Northumbrian Language Society. The library’s poetry reading group will read their own poem about Newcastle followed by readings from local poets Catherine Graham, Tom Kelly and the creative writing group.

Drama from Them Wifies
Friday 25 February 2011
10am – 12pm, level 2, City Library
Them Wifies are a theatre group supporting young women aged 13 to 25 years. The group focuses on the issues young people face and have written a piece connected to the theme of pregnancy which will be performed in dialect.  We will also show a short film which they have produced on the theme of eating disorders.

Mark James: Byker Lion
Friday 25 February 2011, 2pm – 4pm
Level 6, City Library

Mark was born in Byker and left school barely able to read or write.  At the age of 48 he attended Heaton Adult Education Centre where he recalls  ‘the hardest thing was picking up the pen’.  Find out what inspired Mark to write ‘The Byker Lion’ which is a collection of short stories based on actual events and memories sprinkled with a few spirited yarns and traditional good old fashioned Geordie humour.

Children’s storytime sessions
No need to book these free sessions held at the story tree in the children’s area of City Library.

Storytime with the Lambton Worm
Saturday 19 February 2011
2pm – 2:30pm

Storytime in Graingertoon
Sunday 20 February 2011
2pm – 2:30pm

Storytime with the Laidley Worm of Bamborough
Saturday 26 February 2011
2pm – 2:30pm

Drop in to play Scrabble!
Monday 21 February – Thursday 24 February
11am – 1pm, 2pm – 4pm and 5pm – 7pm
Friday 25 February – Saturday 26 February
11am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm
The Newcastle Scrabble Club will be available in City Library all week to play against the public on level 1. A great chance to get some Scrabble tips from committed enthusiasts. Members of the club will be available at the following times and there’s no need to book, just drop in.

Geordie word fun with Craig Bradley
Saturday 26 February
11am – 12noon and 2pm – 3pm

The entertaining Craig ‘that poetry bloke’ Bradley will be visiting City Library to  explore the Geordie language through comedy and poetry. Suitable for children aged 8 and over.

Unless otherwise stated, events need to be booked in advance by phoning 0191 2774100 or emailing information@newcastle.gov.uk.