South Shields Museum and Art Gallery, Ocean Road, South Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE33 2JA
Performance by poet Dr Keith Armstrong of the atmospheric narrative poem describing the state of South Shields in 1852 written by former Shields gazette Editor William Brockie (1811-1890), together with a short selection of other poetry by Brockie. The rendition was accompanied by sea shanties performed by South Shields folk heroes 'The Ancient Mariners'. All those attending received a Hooky Walker souvenir broadsheet at the performance.
White Swan Centre, Citadel East, Killingworth, Tyne & Wear
A special event organised by Northern Voices Community Projects to mark the 200th anniversary of the invention of the 'Geordie' mining safety lamp by George Stephenson. The event included readings from 'North Tyneside Steam', the recently published book by Dr Keith Armstrong and Peter Dixon which tells the story of George Stephenson in Killingworth and North Tyneside and of steam railways in the area. Contributors to the book performed their poems, stories and songs as well as new materials inspired by the 'Geordie Lamp'. They were introduced by local poet Keith Armstrong with music from the Sawdust Jacks.
North Tyneside Steam: This new book from Northern Voices Community Projects, was commissioned by North Tyneside Council in 2014, with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, It was published to mark the bicentenary of George Stephenson's steam locomotive Blucher and tells the story of its creator in Killingworth and North Tyneside and of steam railways in the area.
Grainger Market 180th anniversary celebration
Olivers Bistro-Cafe, Unit 14-15, Grainger Arcade, Grainger Market, Grainger Street, Newcastle upon Tyne , Tyne & Wear, NE1 5QQ
Northern Voices Community Projects celebrated the 180th Anniversary of Newcastle's iconic Grainger Market at Olivers Bistro-Cafe with poetry with Dr Keith Armstrong, Dave Alton and Tyneside poets and music with The Sawdust Jacks.