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Whealey Hill dog track

CANCELLED: This Place is Going to the Dogs

8th November 2019, 19:00, Wheatley Hill Dog Track, Black Lane, Wheatley Hill, Louise Powell and Laura McKenzie

Due to inclement weather making it impossible for the meet to go ahead, this screening of author Louise Powell's short film commissioned by Writing Durham has been cancelled. An alternative screening will be arranged at a future date.

Louise Powell is one of three unpublished northern writers who contributed to Common People (2019), a new anthology of working-class writing edited by Kit De Waal. Louise’s memoir recalls a childhood spent flapping (unlicensed greyhound racing) in East Durham. With the aim of capturing this dying sport and the community that sustains it, Writing Durham visited the dog tracks at Easington and Wheatley Hill with Louise to make a film about memory, inspiration, place, and pride. The film premiered at Durham Book Festival 2019 in the historic Durham Miners’ Hall at Redhills, and on November 8th it will return to its spiritual home.

The event is open to the public, which takes place during the track's regular Friday night meet. Doors opening at 7pm and standard entrance fees apply. Address: Black Lane, Wheatley Hill, Co. Durham, DH6 3JN

Writing Durham is a series of podcasts and short films showcasing the work of contemporary Durham writers including Pat Barker, Benjamin Myers, Louise Powell and Anne Stevenson. The project, which explores Durham’s literary heritage, is produced and presented by Dr. Laura McKenzie and supported by the AHRC’s Creative Economy Engagement scheme and Durham University.

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