Featured Events

Welcome to Books on Tyne 2019

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

From a dramatic celebration of the 300th anniversary of Robinson Crusoe, a consideration of Friedrich Nietzsche and a packed family day (and much more) at the Lit & Phil, to a wide range of events at City Library including renowned Rock journalist and broadcaster David Hepworth; popular science writer Steve Jones; bestselling thriller writer Paula Daly, as well as many of your favourite local authors and personalities. We hope that once again we are offering something for everyone. Enjoy Books on Tyne 2019!

The Books on Tyne Team

Kay Easson
Programme: Lit & Phil
Derek Tree
Programme: Newcastle Libraries

Upcoming Events

  • 22 Nov

    Books for the End of the World

    Friday, 22 Nov 2019 from 6:30pm


    What books would you save from the Apocalypse? Acclaimed author Daniel James asks a panel of writers what novels they would hold dear come the end of the world. Come along with your suggestions for a lively and engaging look at the novels we treasure.

  • 23 Nov

    50 - Not Out!

    Helen Bridgett and Vicky Arthurs

    Saturday, 23 Nov 2019 from 11:00am


    Novelist Helen Bridgett and poet Vicky Arthurs discuss how turning fifty kickstarted their careers as authors and reveal why they write about older characters.

  • 23 Nov


    Mary and Bryan Talbot

    Saturday, 23 Nov 2019 from 2:00pm


    Mary and Bryan Talbot will be talking about their latest graphic novel, Rain.

  • 23 Nov

    Unnatural Causes

    Richard Shepherd

    Saturday, 23 Nov 2019 from 4:00pm


    Dr Shepherd is the UK’s foremost forensic pathologist. His 25-year career has been driven by his passion to discover the truth that a body leaves behind in the wake of their death.

  • 23 Nov

    Crusoe’s Island

    Saturday, 23 Nov 2019 from 7:00pm

    £8 (under 18s ~ £5)

    Fell-Foss Theatre presents Crusoe’s Island Adapted for stage by Mark Cronfield. In a dynamic one man performance Defoe’s classic novel is brought to the stage for its 300th anniversary.

  • 23 Nov

    From Benwell Boy to 46th Beatle and Beyond

    Bob Smeaton

    Saturday, 23 Nov 2019 from 7:00pm


    Benwell-born Bob Smeaton has written about his adventures in the music industry from playing with Newcastle hopefuls White Heat to working with Jimi Hendrix, Elton John, The Who...