The library services of Stockton, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Redcar & Cleveland, and Darlington are thrilled to present Crossing the Tees 2018 – The Book Festival for the Tees Valley – which runs between Saturday 9th June and Saturday 23rd June. As always, there will be something for all of the family to enjoy, including talks, exciting author events and literary activities for children and adults.

Sure to be popular are A Conversation with the Yorkshire Shepherdess, Amanda Owen, and a peek inside The Secret Diaries of Adam Kay – a hilarious and heartfelt memoir of his time as a junior doctor that topped the Sunday Times bestseller charts.

Families can take part in the Tall Tales Family Mystery events taking place at libraries across the region, and a special family comedy show with ever-popular Teesside stand-up Patrick Monahan is at Crown Street Library in Darlington on Saturday 23rd June.

There are a series of events that cater towards lovers of crime and thrillers at this year’s festival including author talks with Rebecca Tope, Edward Marston and Judith Cutler, Paul Finch, and Mick Herron.

History buffs will be delighted to learn that Crossing the Tees is hosting two History Wardrobe shows where attendees can take an in-depth and entertaining look at the lives of Land Army girls in World War 1 in V for Victory at Middlesbrough Central Library on Tuesday 19th June and find out all about the colour pink in Pink – The True Story on Monday 11th June at Crown Street Library in Darlington.

Crossing the Tees are also employing the talents of the author and blogger, Alice-May Purkiss, to not only blog about the variety of events on offer but also to run workshops across the area showing people how to write successful blogs of their own. She’ll also be talking about her own book, Life, Lemons and Melons at an author event in Darlington on Saturday 9th June.

Poet Kirsten Luckins will be presenting a series of workshops that will put a visual and artistic spin on poetry by using the Blackout Poetry method – all materials are supplied and participants will get to take away a framed piece of artwork that they’ve created themselves. Other poetry events include a reading from Vane Women and a launch event for Mudfog Press’ latest publication.

Also, after the success of last year’s short story competition, local writers will have an opportunity to submit their tales for a chance to win prizes and be published in Crossing the Tees’ second anthology of short stories.

A whole host of other events are taking place and full details can be found at: www.crossingthetees.org