Lecture Programme


Lectures at the Lit & Phil

These talks are organised by the Lit & Phil (you don't need to be a member in order to attend any of their public events), and tickets cost £4 per talk, from the Lit & Phil Library, 23 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE, in person or over the phone (0191) 232 0192. It is advisable to book seats in advance; if you reserve a ticket and are subsequently unable to attend, please let us know as we often have a waiting list.

Cinderella - a traditional illustration

Cinderella, a special Christmas lecture

Wednesday December 13th, at 6.00 pm

While modern variations may question the happy ending and dismiss the moral, 'Cinderella' remains one of the key story-types of our culture. What could offer a more heart-warming prelude to Christmas than a closer look at the original rags-to-riches narrative enshrined in fairy tales and movies, panto and opera? It's not all just big frocks and charming princes, however - like most traditional tales this one casts some darker shadows, raising questions about rank, love and identity (not to mention shoes.) This richly illustrated talk discusses the roots and variant versions of the tale, symbolic and social interpretations and its wide dissemination as book, drama, image, metaphor and even postcard.

Book now, at the Lit and Phil (as above), before it's too late!

Paul Nash

Following the sell-out success of the Paul Nash talk delivered at the Lit & Phil on September 27th, the Library has scheduled a repeat performance on Wednesday January 10th at 6.00 pm.

Talks at Newcastle Castle

As well as her fairly regular early evening public talks at the Lit & Phil library, Gail-Nina Anderson has recently begun offering illustrated lectures at Newcastle Castle, mostly on folklore and art-related themes. Booking for these is always lively, but if your chosen event is already sold out, please use the online booking service to register your interest, for the possibility of a repeat performance.

Talks take place in the Black Gate, which has a lift and is fully accessible to wheelchair users. Refreshments - including tea and coffee - will be available to purchase at events.

Friday December 8th, 6.00 - 7.00 pm
Santa and his Minions - the Darker Side of Jolly
Quite aside from the birth of Christ, this time of year has inspired many wintry personifications. Just a jolly fat man dressed in red and distributing toys, or a miracle-working saint or a punishing demonic entity or an earthy gnome? Who really represents the seasonal spirit of the turn of the year?
Tickets £4.50, via Eventbrite. more information and online booking.