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Ouseburn Literary Walk (The Day of the Sardine – Sid Chaplin)

To mark his abridgement of this groundbreaking novel for Radio 4’s A Book at Bedtime, Sid Chaplin’s son, playwright and screenwriter Michael Chaplin, will lead a literary walk through the setting of the novel – Sandyford, Shieldfield and the Ouseburn Valley. Published 50 years ago and set during the era characterised by Prime Minister Harold Macmillan’s phrase, ‘you’ve never had it so good’, the novel tells the story of Arthur Haggerston, educational no-hoper and budding tearaway, as he leaves school, dabbles with the confusing business of sex and enters the world of work, struggling to find a moral compass as the old working-class culture of east Newcastle begins to crumble around him. Universally praised by the critics and most recently published by Newcastle’s Flambard Press and now available as an eBook, the novel is many things: sharp, funny, deeply humane and a brilliant representative of the city and its people on the cusp of profound industrial and social change. Michael Chaplin will talk about and read from the book on the walk and offer insights into the life of his father, who lived nearby and died 25 years ago, and the process of adapting the book. Copies of the book will be available for sale at the end of the walk.

The book is serialised on A Book at Bedtime from Monday-Friday, 19-23 September at 22.45 and is read by Joe Caffrey.

To book places on the walk, email or phone Flambard Press on editor@flambardpress.co.uk or 01912333865.
Please meet at the Dobson Gates, Old Jesmond Cemetery, Jesmond Road (south side) at 2pm, Sunday 25th of September.

Nancy Mattson @ Greenbelt Festival, Monday 29th of August

Nancy Mattson will be reading poetry from her latest collection this coming Monday at Cheltenham’s Greenbelt Festival. Mattson’s performance, “A Dream of Utopia in Soviet Karelia”, tells of Mattson’s search for her Finnish great-aunt, who disappeared in Karelia in the 1930s alongside many other American Finns who moved to the area with the dream of establishing a Socialist Utopia. Mattson’s poetry presents a search for meaning and motive alongside a highly personal journey into both family- and world-history.

“A Dream of Utopia in Soviet Karelia” will take place at 10am, Monday 29th of August at The Hub (Cheltenham Racecourse)

For more information see Nancy Mattson’s pages on the Greenbelt and Flambard Press websites

Sheree Mack at Tynemouth Library tomorrow night

“I can picture him
at the bathroom mirror
clipping his close-knit Afro,
patting it down, trying to see
his handywork from all angles.”
– Sheree Mack, “Coup d’Etat”

Sheree Mack will be reading poems from her latest collection Family Album tomorrow at Tynemouth Library. A lively and engaging reader, Mack’s poetry looks at the complexities of family history in a style full of energy and light. Her work is also deeply concerned with the processes of migration and journeying, drawn from her own international heritage.

The daughter of a Trinidadian father and a Geordie mother of Bajan and Ghanaian parentage, born in Bradford and raised in Newcastle, Sheree Mack is a poet with intimate ties on both a local and international scale that are expressed through her examination of the past and the people that have formed her identity.

“Poems that do not flinch from the conflicts and inconsistencies of family bonds”
– Cynthia Fuller

Tynemouth Library
7pm, Thursday 18th August
£3 entry, including a glass of wine
Bookings: 01916432087

More information on Family Album is available on the Flambard Press website