Featured Events

  • Alan Robson

    Alan Robson The Flashing Blade

    Sunday, 02 Dec 2018 from 1:00pm until 2:00pm


    Join Alan to find out about Night Owls, ghost hunting and his new book – Ted’s Story: The Last Great Untold Tale of World War Two.

  • The Battle of the Brontës

    The Battle of the Brontës

    Wednesday, 28 Nov 2018 from 2:00pm until 3:00pm


    Emily may be one of literature’s biggest names, but she remains a mysterious figure; often overshadowed by her sister Charlotte...

  • It’s a Dog’s Life

    It’s a Dog’s Life

    Friday, 30 Nov 2018 from 11:00am until 12:00pm


    This is the story of the great work of the Alnwick-based charity SHAK. They have saved hundreds of dogs over the years, thanks to its founder Stephen Wylie.

  • When the Boat Comes In

    When the Boat Comes In

    Friday, 30 Nov 2018 from 2:00pm until 3:00pm


    When the Boat Comes In was compelling viewing on TV and now it’s back on page and stage. Peter Mitchell, son of the show’s creator, has written a new novel, continuing his father’s story...

Welcome to Books on Tyne 2018

The partnership between Newcastle Libraries and the Lit & Phil continues with the eighth year of Books on Tyne: The Newcastle Book Festival. Both venues will stage a remarkably varied programme of events.

The City Library offers some old favourites as Chris Phipps launches his new book, and the Polari Literary Salon return with one of the biggest names in crime writing, Mari Hannah. David Lindo from BBC2’s Springwatch gives us some urban birding tips and the ‘flashing blade’ Alan Robson tells tales of Night Owls and his new World War One book. The library also welcomes historian David Olusoga at the launch of the Tyneside branch of The Historical Association.

The Lit & Phil celebrate Muriel Spark’s centenary with her friend Alan Taylor,  in conversation with Sean O’Brien. Eminent First World War historian Richard van Emden joins us, with a consideration of his book The Quick and the Dead. For budding detectives there is a session with Laura Wood, author of the Poppy Pym series, and for young story lovers there is a performance of The Snow Bear from Hearthside Tales. This year we are working in partnership with Waterstones, who will be selling books at our events.

The Books on Tyne Team

Kay Easson
Programme: Lit & Phil
David Hepworth
Programme: Newcastle Libraries

Upcoming Events

  • 24 Nov

    Lit and Phil Free Guided Tours

    Places limited, please book
    0191 232 0192

    Saturday, 24 Nov 2018 from 10:30am


    Free guided tours (45 mins) Places limited.
    Saturday 24th November
    10.30am | 11.30am

  • 24 Nov

    Laura Wood

    Saturday, 24 Nov 2018 from 11:00am until 12:00pm


    Join Laura Wood for a fun, immersive talk about her best-selling Poppy Pym series.

  • 24 Nov

    The Urban Birder

    David Lindo

    Saturday, 24 Nov 2018 from 2:00pm until 3:00pm


    How to Be an Urban Birder is the world’s first guide to the art of urban birding - so easy and great fun! Here, he tells you everything you need to know about birding in towns and cities in the UK.

  • 24 Nov

    These books are dangerous...

    Saturday, 24 Nov 2018 from 4:00pm until 5:00pm


    Newcastle writer and journalist Daniel James will be joined by four new fiction writers for a fascinating panel debate on the power and value of literature.

  • 24 Nov

    These books are dangerous... After Party

    Saturday, 24 Nov 2018 from 7:00pm

    FREE: Booking essential

    Celebrate the launch of Daniel James' debut novel, The Unauthorised Biography of Ezra Maas, with cocktails, food, music and exclusive live readings by a host of special literary guests, in the stylish surroundings of The Town Wall's secret basement room.

  • 24 Nov


    Chris Phipps

    Saturday, 24 Nov 2018 from 7:00pm until 8:00pm


    Celebrate the launch of Chris’s unorthodox biography which charts his unique five decade career in the music and entertainment business...


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