Archive for September, 2009

Talk of the Tyne

Everyone likes a good day trip don’t they? Well, members of the New Writing North book groups have been invited to a special book-related day at the Sage in Gateshead.

As part of BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking Festival, we (you and me!) have been invited to talk to the awesome Lionel Shriver (author of ‘We Need to Talk about Kevin’) about her new book A Perfectly Good Family.

The idea is that you can go along to the Sage on Saturday 24 October and there will be a reading plus Q+A, just like when Stella Duffy came to visit us last year.

Then, in November book group, we’ll talk about A Perfectly Good Family at Uncle Alberts in Middlesbrough.

Apply for free tickets here (go to the ‘book online’ section or call them to reserve)


ps – this is not a compulsary trip and if you don’t go it won’t affect the november book group, it’s just an optional extra 🙂

So, yes, take a look at the updated reading list and get reading!

All the leaves are brown (almost)


The onset of Autumn brings with it the promise of scarves, driving rain and more time holed up indoors reading books. Ive been reading all sorts but for group, i sped through Sarah Moss’ Cold Earth.

I wasn’t sure of how people would react, as I had found it slow to start, with an infuriating lead narrator, but an inventive premise. The group were not enamoured with the book at all . Mostly due to the characters and their lack of variation and lots of glaring holes in the plot (the internet going down cos of flu? whatevs!)

We also had a visit from a lady who is organising a new and exciting group for creative people on Teesside – you can find out more here and discussed plans for the next book group – when we’ll be looking at Jacob Polley’s Talk of the Town.

About the group

The Tees Valley Book Group meets at Stockton Central Library at 6.30pm on the first Tuesday of the month.

If you would like more information about what the group is reading, please visit


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