The festival presents talks for all ages with an intergenerational event on 21st May commemorating the 100th anniversary of Votes for Women, with special guest speakers, and a young writers workshop on 30th May. Plus, there is the NERA talk on 19th May, a performance by Vane Women on 30th May and two talks by Chris Foote Wood – one all about Britain’s Seaside Please Piers and one celebrating The Wit and Wisdom of Victoria Wood.

And on the 26th May Darlington for Culture will present an entire day of literary events, at Friends Meeting House, Skinnergate, from 10am to 10pm.

The event celebrates the achievements of writers with a local connection – such as John Dean, Tracey Iceton and Michael Jarvie; and highlights the work of various Darlington writing groups, as well as encouraging aspiring writers to engage with various forms of creative writing. The day will include workshops, author talks/Q&As and a Poetry Dating Workshop, and it concludes with an Open Mic night with performances of published work.

Literary Day Co-ordinator Tracey Iceton says: “As well as running my own events which I hope will inspire and support emerging writers, as the co-ordinator for the day I’m delighted to have been able to put together a diverse programme of events that offers something for writers of all experiences across the range of writing genres.”

As well as the activities on offer to develop your craft, indie publisher 6 Element, independent bookshop of the year, Drake, and Darlington-based antiquarian bookseller Jeremiah Vokes will also be in attendance to satisfy your bookworm needs.

19 May NERA meeting Head of Steam
21 May Events to commemorate 100th anniversary
of Votes for Women – featuring Vane Women
The Hullabaloo
26 May Britain’s Seaside Pleasure Piers Crown Street Gallery
26 May
Literary Day Friends Meeting House
30 May Young Writers Creative Workshop Cockerton Library
30 May Vane Women Tell Her Story Crown Street Gallery
31 May Open Mic for Writers Hash Bar
2 June The Wit and Wisdom of Victoria Wood Crown Street Gallery