Eggs and Existentialism; A Literary Festival Being Held at the Seaside Village of Cullercoats Has Something for Everyone - from a Kayak Adventure to Quizzes, and Poetry and Midnight Ghost Stories to a Poets vs Writers Cricket Match. and, of Course, an Existential Breakfast. TONY HENDERSON Reports

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Eggs and Existentialism; A Literary Festival Being Held at the Seaside Village of Cullercoats Has Something for Everyone - from a Kayak Adventure to Quizzes, and Poetry and Midnight Ghost Stories to a Poets vs Writers Cricket Match. and, of Course, an Existential Breakfast. TONY HENDERSON Reports


IT would seem a knocking bet that a hefty dollop of philosophy would not be the breakfast accompaniment of choice first thing in the morning for most folk.

But an Existential Breakfast which is being laid on in a seaside village has been a sell out.

The event is part of The Iron in the Soul festival, which takes place at various venues on the seafront at Cullercoats in North Tyneside from June 8-11.

The breakfast begins at 8.30am on June 10 at the village's Boatyard cafe when participants can choose between the two breakfasts consumed daily by writer Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir in the Cafe de Flore in Paris.

While eating their poached eggs on toast or Welsh rarebit and Worcester sauce, breakfasters will also be able to digest the notion that existentialism is about people searching to find out who and what they are throughout life as they make choices based on their experiences, beliefs, and outlook.

They will be helped by an accompanying lecture by Northumbria University's Dr Colin Cameron, who lives in Whitley Bay, titled "Existentialism - What on Earth Is It?" "We suspect 98% of the population don't know, but we could have sold out the breakfast event twice over," said Peter Mortimer, editor of the village's Iron Press which is organising the festival.

Another sell-out is the appearance of nationally-known poet, writer, performer and broadcaster Ian McMillan, known as the "bard of Barnsley", in the concert room of the Cullercoats Crescent Club.

He also played to a capacity audience when he appeared at the first Iron Festival in 2013, and this year he will also visit Cullercoats Primary School to run writing sessions with pupils.

Other sold-out events are a circumnavigation by kayak of St Mary's Island in Whitley Bay, led by Cullercoats Bike and Kayak Centre, and a literary quiz at the Cullercoats Coffee establishment. What will be the third annual Iron festival also includes a reading of ghost stories at midnight in St George's Church in Cullercoats.

The tales come from the latest book to be published by Iron Press, called Cold Iron: Ghost Stories from the 21st Century.

The 17 tales were chosen by editors Eileen Jones and Peter Mortimer from 200 submitted by writers. The event is on June 10, costing PS6, and hot cocoa will be available for the audience as well as organ music by Ryan Siddall.

The Crescent Club will also be the venue for performances based on a tragedy which befell the village in Turn to Page 24 From Page 23 1848, when four members of the Lisle family - brothers George and Robert, and their father George and his brother Robert - died when their coble was hit by a wave as it left Cullercoats Bay in a heavy sea.

Three other local men - Robert Clark, James Stocks and Charles Pearson - also lost their lives. …

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