Book Club Live

New Writing North and The Bound have teamed up to host an author event series called Book Club Live.

Each season we invite bestselling writers to Newcastle to talk about their latest work – and the books that inspired them to write it. Listen here, or on your favourite listening app.

  • Pip Fallow

    At Durham Book Festival 2023, we were joined by Durham author Christopher ‘Pip’ Fallow to hear his extraordinary story. Pip was destined to join his father and brothers down the pit, but the closure of his County Durham village’s mine in the 1980s saw him at the back of the dole queue like so many of his contemporaries. Dragged Up Proppa is the story of a lost generation who were prepared for a life that had disappeared by the time they were ready for it. Chaired by Michael Chaplin.


  • Natasha Solomons and Isabelle Schuler

    At Durham Book Festival 2023, we welcomed Natasha Solomons (Fair Rosaline) and Isabelle Schuler (Lady MacBethad) to Durham to chat about how they have read, researched and written between the lines, re-examining the women from Shakespeare we thought we knew… Chaired by Natalie Ibu, Northern Stage


  • Francis Spufford

    Our autumn book club event with The Bound welcomed bestselling author Francis Spufford to Newcastle, to celebrate his new novel Cahokia Jazz. Join Anna Disley and our live audience as they quiz Francis about his latest page-turner: a thrilling tale of murder and mystery in a city where history has run a little differently…


  • Rose Wilding

    For our summer book club event we celebrated the publication of Speak of the Devil by Rose Wilding – a Newcastle-born author whose ‘multi-layered, propulsive debut thriller’ features a cast of seven unforgettable characters… and a healthy dose of female rage. We hear about some of Rose’s inspirations, influences, and how she came to write a story of murder and mystery set in her own home city. Chaired by bestselling crime author Ann Cleeves.


  • Jennifer Saint

    Bestselling author Jennifer Saint joins us to talk about her latest mythological re-imagining: Atalanta. Following the success of her first two novels, Ariadne and Elektra, Jennifer discusses the oft-forgotten Atalanta and her formidable story. Jennifer also describes the lifelong pull of the classics on her imagination, and some of the books that have made and inspired her. Chaired by Rebecca Wilkie.


Need some new reading inspiration? Book-lovers everywhere can get involved by listening to our podcast series and signing up to our Northern Bookshelf newsletter, where we’ll share quarterly  content including reading group questions and special discounts.

Our Book Club Live events are hosted by New Writing North and The Bound Bookshop, and recorded in front of a live audience at The Biscuit Factory in Newcastle. All audio is produced by New Writing North.