The Word, National Centre for the Written Word has four new exhibitions arriving in early 2019 as well exciting events from January – April:-

Exhibitions:

Cracked! Secret Codes and Communication

Until 2 June 2019

FREE

Suitable for all ages

Since the dawn of time, people have had secrets they wish to hide…and share.

Delve in to the mysterious world of covert communications in The Word’s latest FREE exhibition.

‘Cracked!’ will take visitors on a journey, starting with the earliest examples of codes and ciphers, going on to look at methods of secret communication used during war times then exploring how modern technology uses code to allow us to communicate safely today.

Try your hand at cracking a secret code using our Caesar Wheel, communicate a message to your friends using Flag Semaphore at our very own Code Station, and discover the ciphers and codes that have remained unsolved for years and are a still a mystery to even the sharpest of cryptologists!

Supported by Arts Council England.

Cracked! also incorporates ‘When the Bugle Calls’ – a Durham Light Infantry Collection touring exhibition.

Until 2 June 2019

FREE

A Durham Light Infantry Collection touring exhibition.

Discover the story of the Durham Light Infantry’s soldiers, bands and bugles in this touring exhibition featuring sounds, footage and objects from the DLI Collection.

‘When the Bugle Calls’ tells the story of how both the British Army and individual soldiers used music to rally their regiments, keeping morale alive in dark and dangerous times.

This exhibition is on display in the main exhibition space alongside Cracked! Secret Codes and Communication.

Shirt Tales

Until 2 June 2019

FREE

Shirt Tales is a free exhibition by Artist and Tailor Richard Bliss. Richard has designed and hand made five shirts that capture the feelings and ideas that he experienced when reading the work of five authors from the Dark Ages through to the present day. Richard selected the Venerable Bede, Phillis Wheatley, Lewis Carroll, Elinor Brent-Dyer and Julia Darling.

Word Bank of Lost Dialects

Until 15 September 2019

FREE

A celebration of the thousands of North East dialect words donated during The Word’s original Lost Dialects exhibition, Word Bank of Lost Dialects is a new exhibition by artists Jane Glennie and Robert Good which invites you to experience the donated words.

The Word Bank contains around 2,400 donations of ‘lost words’ from the North East. You will be able to view the full Word Bank and take a rubbing of some of your most-loved Geordie words. You will be able to find out about the history of some of the most popular words donated, discover some of the more obscure and vote for your favourites.

Events for adults:

South Shields Fiction Writers

Every first and third Sunday of the month, 1 – 3pm

FREE

Come along to a fiction writing group for adults, with crime writer A.M. Peacock. If you’ve written a novel or are just writing for fun, or if you want to receive advice and feedback from other writers, then this group is perfect for you.

For more information: www.theworduk.org

 

Creative writing course with Tracey Iceton

Thurs 7 March – 2 May, 10.30am – 12.30pm

£75 per person for all 5 sessions

Booking required

Join novelist and creative writing tutor, Tracey Iceton, for this creative writing taster course which will help you develop your skills in the five main areas of creative writing – poetry, fiction, script, article and creative non-fiction.

The sessions will take place on 7 March, 21 March, 4 April, 18 April and 2 May.

For more information and how to book: www.theworduk.org

 

An audience with Nancy Revell

Tues 23 April, 2 – 3pm

£2 per person

Booking required

Join The Word as we welcome Nancy Revell to The Word for World Book Night.

Nancy is the author of the Shipyard Girls series and will at The Word to discuss her novels and her career as a writer. There will also be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions.

For more information and to book: www.theworduk.org

An audience with Tracey Iceton

Sun 28 April, 11am – 12.30pm

£2 per person

Booking required

Join author Tracey Iceton as she reads from and talks about the third part of her Celtic Colours trilogy, a series of novels that chart 100 years of Irish conflict. White Leaves of Peace is the final part of the trilogy and is a stark reminder that ending a war takes more than the signing of a treaty. Peace is hard won. You have to fight for it.

The book will be released in April 2019. Copies will be available to buy during the event.

For information and to book: www.theworduk.org

 

An audience with Quentin Bates

Thurs 2 May, 6.30 – 8pm

£2 per person

Booking required

Enjoy an evening with crime author Quentin Bates as he discusses his latest novel ‘Cold Breath’, an Icelandic murder mystery and the sixth novel featuring Quentin’s protagonist, Sergeant Gunnhildur.

For more information and to book: www.theworduk.org

 

Adult events at FabLab @ The Word

Learn How to 3D Print

Wed 13 March, 1 – 4pm

£12.50 per person

Suitable for 16 years +

Booking required

Ever wanted to create a 3D replica of your favourite movie character or football stadium? Now is your chance as this fantastic workshop gives you hands on experience of designing and manufacturing using this incredible kit.

Whether you’ve had design experience before or you would like to settle your curious mind, this workshop will give you incredible skills that you can use again and again.

Sponsored by BT

For information and to book: www.theworduk.org

 

Learn How to Laser Cut

Wed 24 March, 1 – 4pm

£12.50 per person

Suitable for 16 years +

Booking required

Step out of your comfort zone at The Word’s fascinating, learn how to laser cut session where we’ll teach you the basic skills you’ll need to make something great.

Want to create a wooden box, a key-ring, a coaster, or do you have an idea you’d like to bring to life?

At this amazing session you’ll learn how, you’ll even be able to take it home with you and be equipped with the skills to come back at your own pace at one of our drop-in sessions!

Sponsored by BT

For information and to book: www.theworduk.org

Easter @ The Word

Arts and crafts

Mon 8 & 15 and Thurs 11 & 18 April, 10 – 11am & 2.30 – 3.30pm

£1 per child. Tickets must be bought in person from Level 2 of The Word

Booking required

Come along to The Word for fun craft sessions where children can enjoy making a range of jungle and Easter-themed crafts.

For more information: www.theworduk.org

Lego® drop-in

Wed 10 & 17 April, between 10am – 12noon

FREE

Suitable for all ages

Come along to a drop-in session at The Word and get creative building with Lego®.

For more information: www.theworduk.org

 

Chess for all

Wed 10 & 17 April, 1 – 3pm

FREE

Suitable for all ages

Whether you want to hone your skills, develop your strategy or simply learn a new game, come along to The Word’s free chess drop in session.

For more information: www.theworduk.org

 

 

Animal Stories

Wed 10 April, 11am – 12noon and 1 – 2pm

£3.50 per child, £2.50 per adult, £10.50 family of 4, £1 children under 1. Suitable for children up to 14 years

Booking required

Take a trek through the jungle and encounter some amazing and real life Rainforest animal on the journey. From a tortoise and lizards to giant bugs, children can get close to some curious and cute creatures in this hands-on workshop.

For more information and to book: www.theworduk.org

 

Tales from the Jungle

Fri 12 April, 10.30am, 12.45pm and 2.15pm

£3.50 per child, £2.50 per adult, £10.50 family of 4, £1 children under 1. Suitable for under 7’s and their families

Booking required

Join The Word for an exciting storytelling session as they welcome you to the jungle in the immersive StoryWorld. Children will hear stories about animals from around the world, sing songs, get crafty, play games and learn all about our favourite creatures!

For more information and to book: www.theworduk.org

 

Bears in the Woods

Wed 17 April, 10.30am – 12noon and 2 – 3.30pm

£4 per child

Suitable for under 7’s and their families

Booking required

Come along to The Word for a mysterious adventure this Easter.

Children will tackle obstacles, play games and sing songs as they take part in activities to help the rangers find the bears in the woods. There will be lots of dancing, singing, puzzles and crafts in this fun Easter event!

For information and to book: www.theworduk.org