Featured Events

  • LJ Ross

    LJ Ross

    Eventbrite - Books On Tyne Festival 2017
    Friday, 01 Dec 2017 from 1:00pm

    £3

    LJ Ross is the author of the international #1 bestselling series of DCI Ryan mystery novels. Her debut Holy Island was released in January 2015 and reached number one in the Amazon Kindle UK bestsellers chart.

  • Kids’ Double Bill!

    Kids’ Double Bill!

    Eventbrite - Books On Tyne Festival 2017
    Saturday, 25 Nov 2017 from 11:00am

    FREE

    Join the authors of Earthcry: The Carfax Chronicles, a vampire adventure set in Northumberland and The Boy With His Head Stuck In A Book, an interactive, augmented reality book!

  • Sting and Regional Identity: The Gravitational Pull of Newcastle

    Sting and Regional Identity: The Gravitational Pull of Newcastle Professor of Popular Music, Paul Carr

    Eventbrite - Books On Tyne Festival 2017
    Wednesday, 29 Nov 2017 from 3:00pm

    £3

    Published to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the formation of the definitive version of The Police, this is the first book to examine the relationship between Sting’s working-class background in Newcastle, the creativity and inspiration behind his music and his Geordie identity.

  • The Geordie Book  Of Magic

    The Geordie Book Of Magic

    Eventbrite - Books On Tyne Festival 2017
    Saturday, 02 Dec 2017 from 1:00pm

    FREE

    Meet Chris Cross!

    The Geordie Book of Magic teaches a dozen North-East themed magic tricks, with a foreword from Debbie McGee & illustrated by VIZ comic artist Davey Jones!

  • Jacob Polley

    Jacob Polley

    Eventbrite - Books On Tyne Festival 2017
    Wednesday, 29 Nov 2017 from 7:30pm

    £3

    Jacob Polley has published four books of poems, winning the 2016 T.S. Eliot Prize for poetry for his fourth Jackself. He has also been awarded the 2013 Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize for The Havocs, and the Somerset Maugham Award for his first novel, Talk of the Town (2009).

  • Night of the Name Dropper!

    Night of the Name Dropper! Chris Phipps

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    Wednesday, 29 Nov 2017 from 6:00pm

    £3

    Chris will preview sensational recollections from his forthcoming BOOKED! Celebrity Encounters - many of them on Tyneside - from Miles Davis to Madonna and Tina Turner to Twisted Sister!

Welcome to Books on Tyne 2017

The partnership between Newcastle Libraries and the Lit & Phil continues with the seventh 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 such as John Grundy and Chris Phipps, and the Polari Literary Salon returns with one of the biggest names in crime writing, Val McDermid. Janet Ellis will talk about her Blue Peter days and her new life as an author.  Other topics include vampires, hospitals, poetry, local history and, as ever, plenty of crime!

The Lit & Phil have an equally diverse programme with football, rare books, railways, and discussions with actors turned authors, Hugh Fraser and George Costigan, on offer. Look out, too, for some great family events on 2nd December.

This year we are working in partnership with Waterstones, based in the beautiful Emerson Chambers building. Their team will be helping sell books at our events.

The Books on Tyne Team

Upcoming Events

  • 25 Nov

    Kids’ Double Bill!

    Eventbrite - Books On Tyne Festival 2017

    Saturday, 25 Nov 2017 from 11:00am

    FREE

    Join the authors of Earthcry: The Carfax Chronicles, a vampire adventure set in Northumberland and The Boy With His Head Stuck In A Book, an interactive, augmented reality book!

  • 25 Nov

    Vera and I

    Eventbrite - Books On Tyne Festival 2017

    Ann Cleeves

    Saturday, 25 Nov 2017 from 2:00pm

    £3

    Vera writer Ann Cleeves presents the searing eighth novel in the bestselling Vera Stanhope series. The Seagull tackles corruption deep in the heart of a community, and highlights fragile and fracturing family relationships.

  • 25 Nov

    Hugh Fraser in conversation with Gail-Nina Anderson

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    Saturday, 25 Nov 2017 from 4:00pm

    £5

    Hugh Fraser, actor and crime novelist in conversation with Gail-Nina Anderson.

  • 25 Nov

    The Death Messenger

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    Mari Hannah

    Saturday, 25 Nov 2017 from 6:00pm

    £3

    ‘Dagger in the Library’ award-winning author, Mari Hannah returns to City Library to tell us about her new book and her life as an author and scriptwriter.

  • 25 Nov

    Passchendaele: a New History

    Eventbrite - Books On Tyne Festival 2017

    Dr Nick Lloyd

    Saturday, 25 Nov 2017 from 6:00pm

    £3

    Nick Lloyd, Reader in Military & Imperial History, King’s College London, has unearthed new material from archives, libraries and other sources from across Europe.

  • 26 Nov

    The Land of Three Rivers

    Eventbrite - Books On Tyne Festival 2017

    Bloodaxe Books

    Sunday, 26 Nov 2017 from 2:00pm

    £3

    A celebration of North-East England past and present in poetry. Featuring its places and people, culture, history, language and stories in poems and songs, from Roman times through medieval Northumbria and the industrial era of mining and shipbuilding up to the present-day.