Book lovers rejoice as the annual Books on Tyne: The Newcastle Book Festival returns this month for its eighth year.
The event, curated in partnership between Newcastle Libraries and the Lit & Phil, has a remarkably varied programme of events this year – even more so than 2017’s event.
With some much going on it’s impossible to include everything in a 250-word article, but here are a few of my selected highlights.
Chris Phipps launches his new book Namedropper!, an unorthodox biography documenting his 50-year career in music, TV and film. The book links pop diva Madonna, jazz giant Miles Davis and Bon Tempi colossus, John Shuttleworth!
Music plays an important role in this year’s festival too. Newcastle welcomes Mick Wall who enjoys the reputation of being the world’s most famous rock and heavy metal writer. His book Paranoid: Black Days With Sabbath & Other Horror Stories is a semi-fictionalised account of his days in the 1980s working with some of the biggest rock stars in the world.
Bob Stanley of indie-dance band St Etienne will also be in conversation with Brian Ward (Professor in American Studies) to talk about the challenges of writing about popular music from Robert Johnson through to Beyonce (and almost everything in between).
There are over 30 events throughout the festival which runs from Saturday 24th November until Sunday 2nd December.
The full programme can be viewed at booksontyne.co.uk. Tickets, which vary in price, are available at City Library, The Lit&Phil and at the aforementioned website.