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Books Editorial

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A new night in Newcastle featuring emerging and internationally established writers, poets and artists? I don’t mind if I do.

Hey! This looks great! It’s called New Art Social and is being held at the lovely Quilliam Brothers (purveyors of the finest tea in Newcastle). It has been put together by local author Guy Mankowski (pictured) who commented: “There are loads of undiscovered authors, poets and artists in this city, and many are trying to find an audience. I decided that by creating an event where established writers could share a stage with new talent we could break down the boundaries between artists – as all of us are sharing the same challenges.”

The first bash is being held on Friday 5 January and the line-up looks a real doozy. Naturally Mankowski will be in attendance (his novels include How I Left The National Grid and An Honest Deceit) and he’ll be joined by poets John Challis (the recipient of a Northern Writers’ Award, his work has appeared on BBC Radio 4) and Kris Johnson (her work has appeared in Hallelujah for 50ft Women, Poetry London, Poem and The Irish Literary Review) and Andrew Crumey (his fourth novel Mr Mee, was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize). Like I said: this looks great.

New Art Social, Friday 5 January, Quilliam Brothers, 1 Eldon Place, Claremont Buildings, Newcastle, 7pm, £3. (If you would like your work featured contact newartsocial@gmail.com or go to facebook.com/groups/newartsocial).