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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.

Local History Month 

There are lots of exciting events taking place across the town for Local History Month in May. You can see full details at including a number of talks taking place at Middlesbrough Central Library.

East to North East 

Celebrating Middlesbrough's Migrant History.

23rd April - 1st June

Boro Babies

Wednesday 6th June 10am-2pm - Central Library

Middlesbrough Libraries, Middlesbrough Children’s Centre and Middlesbrough 0-19 Healthy Child Service brings you BORO BABIES.

FREE information event providing you with the answers to any questions you may have about the first months of your baby’s life.

We know that the arrival of a new baby can lead to a range of varying and unlimited questions, so our exhibitors and professionals are here to make that journey a little easier for you and the baby.

Each Boro Babies attendee will receive a free goody bag as well as the chance to win a range of prizes including:  
• A book hamper from National Literacy Trust Middlesbrough 
• £50 of TK Maxx vouchers, provided by Captain Cook Square
• Middlesbrough Football Club signed baby grow

This event is suitable for pregnant Mums and parents and carers with a baby under the age of one, who live in Middlesbrough.

Love Middlesbrough

Crossing the Tees

Blackout Poetry with Kirsten Luckins

​Saturday 9th June 10am - 2pm Grove Hill Community Hub

​Get creative with Kirsten Luckins’ workshops on ‘Erasure’ or ‘Blackout’ poetry. Highlight words and phrases from printed text to a create poem, and use artwork to hide the unwanted words. All materials will be provided and participants will take home a framed piece of original artwork.

Blogging Workshop with Alice-May Purkiss

Tuesday 12th June 2pm-4pm Central Library

Blogging isn’t just about typing words on a screen. It’s not just pretty pictures and social media shares. It’s a place for you to tell your story, talk about what matters to you and make your mark on your own online space.

In this workshop you’ll learn how to decide what to write about, create and personalise your own blog using WordPress, evaluate what makes a good blog and discuss social media sharing. We’ll help you spark your creative ideas and give you the tools to make your blog a creative outlet you can be proud of.

Literary Quiz Night with Sarah Dunnakey

Tuesday 12th June 7pm-8:30pm Acklam Community Hub

Read Regional author Sarah Dunnakey introduces her novel The Companion and hosts a very special literary quiz. Sarah is a Question Researcher on Mastermind as well as writing and verifying questions for University Challenge and Pointless. Sarah’s work, especially researching the Specialist Subjects on Mastermind, has been a rich source of ideas for her writing. Sarah will firstly talk about The Companion and then host a quiz night specially written for Crossing the Tees Book Festival.

Mudfog Press Poetry Pamphlet Launch

Friday 15th June 6pm-7:30pm Central Library

Mudfog Press launches three women poets from the Tees Valley. These three small collections, in pamphlet form are part of Mudfog’s ongoing aim to provide a voice for writers in an area with limited access to publication.

Marilyn Longstaff launches a themed collection, The Museum of Spare Parts, infused with irony and dark humour; Gillian Place brings a rich variety of experience to her writing in her first pamphlet; while Liz Geraghty’s poems are rooted in the local area and landscape, ranging through personal and political themes.

Escape: From Page to Performance

Saturday 16th June 10am-4pm Central Library

Explore the theme of escape and journeys in a day of poetry workshops with local poets and Senior Lecturers in Creative Writing from Teesside University, Bob Beagrie and Andy Willoughby. Leading a set of inspirational exercises in the morning and looking at how performance techniques can lift the work you have done from page to stage in the afternoon. You can then, if you’re feeling brave, perform the results at this evening’s Electric Kool-Aid Cabaret in the Reference Library, 7pm – 9.30pm.

The Electric Kool-Aid Cabaret Crossing the Tees Special

Saturday 16th June 7pm-9:30pm Central Library

Teesside’s longest established spoken word and music event presents
an evening of performance with songwriters and poets featuring new work from Andy Willoughby and Bob Beagrie, who were both recently featured in the historic Bloodaxe Anthology of North East Poetry The Land of Three Rivers, lots of special guests, work from the day’s workshops, and a limited open mic so, turn up early if you’d like to sign up to perform a poem or original song.

History Wardrobe Presents V for Victory

Tuesday 19th June 7pm-9pm Central Library

An uplifting new presentation about life on the home front in World War One. V is for Vegetables – learn more about the life of a Land Army gal, and the hard work involved in running a wartime household on limited rations. V is for Valiant – celebrating the work of the Women’s Institute. V is for the Vote – what was it like to vote for the first time ever? V is for Victory – celebrations, jubilations, fears for the future and new hopes.

A Conversation with the Yorkshire Shepherdess

Thursday 21st June 7pm-8:30pm Central Library

Amanda Owen is a shepherdess, farmer’s wife, mother to nine children, a passionate photographer and a Sunday Times bestselling author. Amanda’s first book The Yorkshire Shepherdess offers an inspiring account of her transformation from Huddersfield townie to rural sheep farmer. Her second book A Year in the Life of the Yorkshire Shepherdess made it to number 2 in the bestsellers charts. Amanda has also appeared on Countrywise (ITV), The Dales (ITV) and Ben Fogle’s New Lives In The Wild (C5).

Join us tonight as our blogger-in-residence Alice May Purkiss talks to Amanda about her fascinating life, her writing and her many projects.

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