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Department of English Studies

Regional Events

Staff and students from the Department of English Studies at Durham University participate in many of the events relating to literature and drama outside of the department, in both the University and the City of Durham. Beyond Durham, Newcastle and Gateshead boast vibrant cultural scenes, with world-class theatres, art galleries, museums and lecture venues.

This page offers links to some of the venues that offer events relating to English Studies at Durham and in the wider region, beyond the immediate context of the department. Please visit the main Events page for listings of events run within and by the department.

Poetry and Creative Arts in Durham

  • The student-run Durham University English Society seeks to improve the university experience of all English students and to organise a range of course-related and extra-curricular activites, such as a termly party where students can meet members of staff, weekly film nights and regular trips to the theatres in Durham and Newcastle.
  • Colpitt's Poetry has brought over three hundred quality poetry events to Durham City during the last thirty years, since its founding by poets David Burnett and Richard Caddel. With no formal philosophy, the group aims to promote the true variety and richness of contemporary poetry, to encourage international contact and to appeal to a broad audience.
  • Initiated in 1990, the annual Durham Book Festival plays host to many established and aspiring writers, with events, workshops and open mic sessions. Recent guests have included A.S. Byatt, Pat Barker, Will Self, Ian Rankin and Gillian Clarke.
  • Durham City Arts supports art projects and events throughout Durham and the region.

Lectures and Seminars in the Northeast

  • Newcastle University's public lecture programme, Insights, has presented a number of significant speakers on literature and the arts, including the Poet Laureate Andrew Motion and philosopher A.C. Grayling.
  • The Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts develops events and projects, and has featured many prominent speakers such as Ian McEwan and Kazuo Ishiguro.
  • Newcastle University's School of English Language, Literature and Linguistics presents a termly public seminar series and other events and conferences.
  • The independent library of Newcastle, the Lit and Phil, has a varied public lecture programme.
  • The University of Sunderland Department of English host a series of Literary Lunchtimes.

Theatre

  • There are a large number of active theatre companies within Durham University. Durham Student Theatre acts as the official voice and umbrella organisation, and includes full listings of all University drama performances and auditions.
  • The centrepiece of Durham City art's programme, the Gala Theatre houses a state-of-the-art modern theatre, as well as two cinema screens. Its programme of live events attracts some of the country’s leading theatre companies, comedians, bands, musicians and dance performers.
  • Newcastle and the wider region boast several theatres. The most prominent are the Theatre Royal, a landmark venue which hosts the Royal Shakespeare Company in the North, and the recently-renovated Northern Stage, the largest producing theatre company in the North of England.

English Events Newsletter

In addition to these web listings, a monthly email digest of all English-related events at Durham University and across the wider region is circulated to all staff and students in the Department, and to interested members of the public.

To see this month's newsletter, or for instructions on how to subscribe to the mailing list, visit our Research in English At Durham blog.