Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Exciting Mix Caters for All Tastes at City Book Festival; Erotica, Horror and Tartan Noir Will Help to Make Newcastle Winter Book Festival a Heady Mix, as DAVID WHETSTONE Reports

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Exciting Mix Caters for All Tastes at City Book Festival; Erotica, Horror and Tartan Noir Will Help to Make Newcastle Winter Book Festival a Heady Mix, as DAVID WHETSTONE Reports

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Byline: DAVID WHETSTONE

OVERLAPPING book festivals are surely a sign of a healthy literary scene in the North East. As Durham Book Festival approaches its big weekend, full details of Newcastle Winter Book Festival become available.

With Durham now well-established under the auspices of New Writing North, the Newcastle festival, organised jointly by Newcastle Libraries and independent publisher McNidder & Grace, is still building a profile.

"This is the third Newcastle book festival and the second called Newcastle Winter Book Festival," says Anna Flowers, publications manager at Tyne Bridge Publishing, the Newcastle Libraries book publishing arm. "Before that we had Books on Tyne." The Newcastle festival will feature events at the City Library, Lit & Phil, Discovery Museum and Tyneside Cinema.

"This is our most ambitious festival," says Anna, a point taken up by festival director Andy Peden Smith of McNidder & Grace who says: "Each year the festival has received wonderful support from all who came and each year the festival has grown bigger and bolder."

It runs from November 22-25 and its themes include erotica, horror and tartan noir (which is to say, Scottish crime writing).

But the focus will be on film at one opening day events when festivalgoers will welcome veteran critic, writer and broadcaster Barry Norman.

This is a man who can talk about great icons of cinematic decades past and also boast of having interviewed them. His talk at the City Library, sure to be one of the most popular events, will be illustrated with clips from some of Barry's favourite films, including Casablanca, Gone With The Wind and Dirty Harry.

Poet Kate Fox, historian Alistair Moffat and award-winning children's writer David Almond will also be entertaining on the opening day.

David, who talks as entertainingly as he writes, will host a morning session tailored for children aged seven to 10 at the Discovery Museum and an afternoon session aimed at older children at the City Library. …

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