There is a Green Hill events

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In 1951 pitman-turned-novelist Sid Chaplin was commissioned to write The Lakes to Tyneside, one of 13 guides to the UK’s regions published by Collins to mark the Festival of Britain. Criss-crossing ‘my north country’, Chaplin sought to pin down what made his home patch so special.

In the summer of 2014 playwright and screenwriter Michael Chaplin followed in his father’s footsteps and made a journey of his own in a series of six walks. Starting on Holy Island and finishing in Durham City, he visited communities and talked to their people to find out whether the North East remains the coherent region of the early Fifties, what its future might be, and how seven days on the hoof presented his late father’s life and work in a wholly new light.

The resulting publication, There Is A Green Hill, was published by New Writing North to coincide with Durham Book Festival and was supported by Northumbria University as part of their partnership with New Writing North.

Join us for two special events that will explore the region and at which we’ll discuss where we come from and where we might be going. Michael Chaplin will be in conversation with Professor Keith Shaw from Northumbria University, who advised on the project and special guest, writer and former MP Chris Mullin, will join them in Alnwick.

ALNWICK: Special afternoon tea event
The White Swan Hotel: Friday 24 July, 3.30pm
Tickets: £20, which includes afternoon tea. Speakers: Michael Chaplin, Professor Keith Shaw and Chris Mullin.
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The Great Hall, Sutherland Building, Northumbria University: Friday 18 September, 6.45pm
Free event with wine and cheese, but tickets must be booked in advance. Speakers: Michael Chaplin, Professor Keith Shaw.
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You can buy a copy of There Is a Green Hill by Michael Chaplin from the New Writing North website. Copies of the books will be available to buy at both events for £5.