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Girls Night In

19th April Marks and Spencer, Linthorpe Road 6pm.

We’re extremely pleased to be working in partnership with Marks and Spencer, Middlesbrough to bring you a special Girls’ Night In event featuring author Phaedra Patrick introducing her debut novel ‘The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper’. Phaedra will be appearing in venues across the north this Spring as part of New Writing North’s Read Regional campaign. Her novel has been translated into 20 languages worldwide and the film rights have been optioned by a major Hollywood film studio.

‘The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper’ tells the warm, funny and poignant story of 69 year old Arthurs’ quest, from York to Paris, London to India, using clues from his late wife Miriam’s mysterious charm bracelet. Hoping to uncover more about Miriam’s secret life before their forty years of marriage, it’s a journey that leads Arthur to find healing, self-discovery and love in the most unexpected places.

As well as hearing from the author, the event will include an exclusive look at the new Spring season fashions from Marks and Spencer, there’ll be the chance to enjoy make-up demonstrations and makeovers as well as food and drink tasting.

Tickets are £5 and can be booked on 01642 729002 or from Marks and Spencer’s café. 50% of ticket sales will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Society. Copies of the book can be purchased on the night.


World Book Night

 24th April Acklam Library 7pm

Join us to celebrate World Book Night with two Read Regional crime authors.

Bradford born A A Dhand introduces ‘Streets of Darkness’ – an electrifyingly tense twelve-hour crime-thriller full of pace, power and passion. Detective Inspector Harry Virdee is suspended from work just as the most high-profile murder Bradford has ever seen occurs. Determined to restore his reputation Harry has just twelve hours to save his job, his city and his life.

Kathleen McKay’s novel ‘Hard Wired’ won the Northern Crime competition and features Charlie, who works at a bail hostel in Newcastle upon Tyne. Charlie’s life is violently shaken apart when her friend’s son gets murdered. In pursuing her quest for the murderer Charlie has to draw on depths lain dormant, and dig deep into her own resources, facing her own entrenched attitudes.

Tickets are £2 and can be booked on 01642 817810. We invite everyone attending to bring along a book for our ‘Book Swap’ table to share a book they’ve enjoyed and discover a new read for themselves.


Meet George Costigan

4th May Middlesbrough Reference Library 7pm

Actor George Costigan (‘Happy Valley’, ‘Rita, Sue and Bob too’) will be in conversation with BBC Tees’s Bob Fischer to introduce his debut novel ‘The Single Soldier’. Save the date!!!! More details coming soon!!!!


Memory Lane Dementia Café

Middlesbrough Central Library

The Memory Lane Dementia Café is held on a monthly basis on the third Wednesday of each month, in Central Library, from 1-3pm.