Hartlepool book lovers in for a treat at festival

Best-selling author Valerie Wood is one of the talents taking part in the Crossing The Tees Festival.
Best-selling author Valerie Wood is one of the talents taking part in the Crossing The Tees Festival.
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A fortnight-long festival is heading to Hartlepool this week where people can meet and learn from leading authors, illustrators and poets.

Hartlepool’s library services have teamed up with services in Middlesbrough, Stockton and Darlington to organise the Crossing The Tees festival.

It’s set to be an exciting and inspiring fortnight.

Denise Sparrowhawk, Hartlepool Libraries

The Crossing The Tees festival, which is supported by Arts Council England, will bring a host of well-known creative names to the region.

Best-selling author Valerie Wood and the UK’s favourite performance poet, comedian and musician John Hegley are among the talent headlining.

Denise Sparrowhawk, of Hartlepool Libraries, said: “It’s set to be an exciting and inspiring fortnight.”

Family art workshops will be held on Saturday and again on Saturday, June 13, 10am-1pm at Central Library, York Road, where parents and children can join artist Anna Cole for a printmaking workshop.

The event is free but places are limited so booking is essential.

On Monday, June 8, 2pm-3.30pm, Central Library, Singing for the Brain free workshop for people living with dementia and their carers.

On Tuesday, June 9, 2pm-3.30pm, the Central Library will host author Theresa Tomlinson, known for her children’s books, entry is £3.

Wednesday, June 10, 2.30pm-4pm will see Throston Grange Library, in Glamorgan Grove, for £3 entry people will have the chance to meet the popular author Val erie Wood.

Hartlepool Writers’ Group will be reviewing work done for the Crossing The Tees Festival from 6.30-8.30pm on Wednesday, June 10, everyone is welcome.

On Friday, June 12, 7pm-8.30pm Central Library hosts John Hegley, the UK’s favourite performance poet, comedian and musician.

He will perform pieces old and new, sung, spoken, and awakened with dance. £7 entry with a bar available. The full programme is available at www.crossingthetees.org.

Tickets can be booked online or by ringing the Box Office on (01429) 525199.