Teesside’s largest book festival Crossing The Tees will return this year between 10 – 25 June, and there’s plenty in store for book and film fans alike.
Crossing The Tees, now back for the third year in its current format, is organised by library services across the Tees Valley including Stockton, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool and Darlington.
The festival is programmed entirely by the library services with support from Arts Council England and local councils who, together, have organised a wide range of events.
Highlights this year include talks and discussions with authors, poets and writers, a range of creative workshops and sessions for schools, plus plenty of opportunities to chat to writers from the region and beyond.
Frances Brody, Jenny Colgan and Stuart Cosgrove are just a few of the celebrated authors who will be giving talks on their books and share their writing experiences.
There will also be a string of writing workshops where writers will be sharing tips and ideas on how you can take your first steps in publishing.
History Wardrobe returns with a two sessions, one which looks at the history of the ‘white wedding’ and a very special Titanic themed session which will explore historic documents, jewellery and fashion pieces that were found on the famous wreck.
Poets Andy Willoughby and Andrew Forster will be performing their poetry, whilst Natalie Scott will be discussing poetic writing techniques, and you will have a chance to take part in creative writing sessions.
School audiences can delight in listening to award-winning bestselling authors illustrators, and there’s plenty of fun events for families to enjoy – there really is something for everyone this year.
For the second year in a row, ARC will host the Crossing the Tees Film Festival, as part of the literary celebrations on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 June.
Cinematic classics will be brought back to life on ARC’s cinema screen including Martin Scorsese’s award-winning mob drama Goodfellas, the adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox and the 1946 film adaptation of Great Expectations, starring John Mills. The 2015 film Room, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay, will also be screened.
Each event is priced differently and booking is essential unless otherwise stated.
Further information and tickets for all Crossing the Tees events can be purchased through ARC’s Box Office in person or by calling 01642 525199.
All dates, prices and general information on events can be found at www.crossingthetees.org.uk.