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Christmas Countdown Show and Tell

Christmas Countdown Calendar




Date: Tuesday 12th December

Location: Committee Room, The Philip Robinson Library, Jesmond Road West, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4HQ

Time: 5.30pm – 7pm
Refreshments from 5.30pm in the Committee Room. Show and Tell event starts at 6pm in the Special Collections Reading Room (next to the Committee Room)





Join Newcastle University’s Special Collections team by counting down the days to Christmas with this year’s 2017 advent calendar.
This is a Show and Tell event, where you will have the opportunity to explore at your leisure some of Special Collections’ rare and unique Christmas treasures from our archive and rare book collections. Learn how to make 17th century ‘Snow Cream’ and cast your eyes over Christmas letters and cards from members of the Trevelyan family and Professsor Pybus. Also, check out Christmas poems and songs from our rare books collections and browse Christmas articles from the Courier.

Items will be on display in the Special Collections Reading Room for you to browse.

This event aims to showcase Christmas treasures from the Special Collections Christmas Countdown Calendar, available online. Open a door each day throughout December and in the run-up to Christmas, to reveal a new treasure.

This is a drop in session. Places are limited so if you would like to join us please book a place by emailing lib-friends@ncl.ac.uk



2017 Flambard Poetry Prize Award Ceremony


Date: Thursday 14th December

Location: Culture Lab, Newcastle University, King’s Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU

Time: 7.15pm

The Flambard Poetry Prize honours the achievements of Flambard Press and the inspiration of founders Margaret and Peter Lewis. Between 1990 and 2012, Flambard Press published a range of much-acclaimed poetry and fiction, helping to nurture many emergent and established writers regionally and nationally. The Flambard Prize is awarded annually to the best group of five poems submitted by a poet who has not yet published a single-author pamphlet or collection.

Just under 500 entries in total were received, making this year the most successful so far. The judges, Ellen Phethean and Rebecca Goss, announced their shortlist last week, which can be found below.  An anthology has been produced containing poems by all the shortlisted poets, which will be launched at the event.

Congratulations to all shortlisted poets:

Rachel Bower

Joe Caldwell

Imogen Forster

Lydia Kennaway

Anne Osbourn

Natalie Rees

Gwen Sayers

More information and how

Open to everyone. The event is free but please book in advance. Find out more about the event and how to book tickets here.

Stay tuned for future events to be announced…