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After a three-year hiatus, Books on Tyne is back this November with a truly stellar line-up of top authors ready to chew the literary fat.

Get your nose out of that book! Just for a second! And venture into Newcastle for the very brilliant Books on Tyne festival. Handily, it’s all taking place in just two venues (the Lit & Phil and the City Library) and is stuffed with delights. Among the speakers this year is the brilliant Nancy Campbell, author of ‘Fifty Words for Snow’. Her latest, ‘Thunderstone’, is a lyrical, fearless and deeply personal memoir. My favourite non-fiction book of the year is Bob Stanley’s ‘Let’s Do It’, a thoroughly entertaining examination of pre-rock-and-roll pop music. He’s going to be in conversation with Brian Ward (who, hopefully, will be explaining why ‘She Loves Y’All’ – his book on the Beatles and the US South – still isn’t finished). Jenny Uglow (pictured) will be on hand to chat about her latest novel ‘Sybil and Cyril’, a gripping and mysterious love story that also sheds light on British culture between the wars. Crime fans should make a bee-line for ‘Whose Crime is it Anyway?’, which will see seven Northern writers (including Trevor Wood, Jude O’Reilly and Fiona Erskine) attempting – with your help – to come up with a best-seller in an hour. Novelist Ashley Hickson-Lovence will be chatting to Sarah Tyson about his brilliant novelisation of Uriah Rennie’s life (the Premier League’s first and only black referee); while Clare Mac Cumhaill and Rachael Wiseman will be talking about ‘Metaphysical Animals’, which tells the story of four incredible women philosophers – Iris Murdoch, Mary Midgley, Philippa Foot and Elizabeth Anscombe – who met at Oxford during World War II. I’m only scratching the surface of what’s happening this year (the poetry! The local stuff! Ed Waugh!) so be sure to check out their website for the full programme. RM

Books on Tyne, 19-26 November, Lit & Phil and City Library. booksontyne.co.uk