Authors look to encourage reading in South Shields

Four authors will be visiting libraries across South Tyneside next month in a bid to encourage people to try a new writer or genre.

New claims Jack the Ripper was noted poet who studied as a priest in the North East

New claims Jack the Ripper was noted poet who studied as a priest in the North East

A new book makes the explosive claim that Jack the Ripper was the poet Francis Thompson, who studied as a priest in County Durham.

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ANZAC Day is remembered at the John Simpson Kirkpatrick statue, South Shields. Picture: TOM BANKS

South Shields’ ‘Donkey Man’ Kirkpatrick honoured in Anzac Day service

War heroes were remembered in South Tyneside with a special Anzac Day service.

Durham University student Hannah Blevens

Texas student lands placement at historical Jarrow site

A student from Texas has landed a placement in Jarrow - almost 5,000 miles away from her hometown.

South Tyneside Summer Parade 2016

Carnival fever to sweep the streets of South Tyneside at Summer Parade

High profile carnival artists are poised to bring South Tyneside’s annual Summer Parade to life in vibrant fashion.

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Breech! by Benjamin Sullivan which is on the shortlist for the BP Portrait Award 2017, which features an all-female line-up of sitters. Picture by Benjamin Sullivan/National Portrait Gallery/PA Wire

Painting of breastfeeding mother heading to Sunderland as part of National Portrait Gallery exhibition

A painting of a mother breastfeeding her baby daughter has been shortlisted for the BP Portrait Award 2017 which this year features an all-female line-up of sitters.

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Poet Cicely Fox Smith to be celebrated with event at The Word

An opportunity to discover the life and work of a literary gem is on offer in South Tyneside this weekend.

Private Alfred Campin of the 6th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry during battle training in Britain, March 1944.

Image of Durham Light Infantry soldier to feature in groundbreaking war book

An extraordinary collection of rare colour photographs reveal the Second World War as the people living through the conflict would have seen it.
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The exhibition is on until May 21.

New Falling Flying exhibition in South Shields gets underway

A new exhibition at a South Tyneside venue has got off to a flying start.

Cavalry trouper Arran Johnston with TWAM head of programmes Bill Griffiths.

Special Hadrian’s Cavalry exhibition launched at Arbeia Roman Fort in South Shields

A new exhibition has been launched at a South Shields visitor attraction.

Jarrow Hall will be celebrating its first Easter since closure this weekend.

Jarrow Hall is reborn in time for Easter

A popular historical South Tyneside tourist attraction is gearing up to celebrate Easter and a new era.

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How many of these top 20 books have you read?

Top 20 books Brits claim to have read (but probably haven't)

Four in ten Brits claim to have read a book they've never picked up in order to appear more cultured in front of friends.

The grammar vigilante at work, correcting an errant apostrope. Pic: BBC News.

'Grammar vigilante' tackles the scourge of rogue apostrophes

A self-confessed 'grammar vigilante' has been secretly correcting bad punctuation on street signs and shop fronts for more than a decade.

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The Word's comics artist in residence  Andy Waugh.

New comic book will feature life at The Word

A comics artist-in-residence had been appointed to South Tyneside’s newest cultural venue.

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Women admit they never wear some of their purchases, but buying things makes them feel better.

How much we spend on clothes every year - and why we go on shopping sprees

The average Brit spends more than £1,000 a year on new clothes every year, new research has revealed.
The Northern Lights over St Mary's Lighthouse near Whitley Bay. Pic: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.

Pictures which prove you don't have to go to Iceland to see the Northern Lights

Sky watchers seeking a Northern Lights display often think their best chance lies in Iceland.
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South Tyneside Homes apprentices Thomas Goodman, centre, and David Goodfellow, second right, with Coun Ed Malcom, left, Gary Broome, South Tyneside Homes team leader, and Andrew Watts, chief executive of Groundwork STAN, right, at Jarrow Hall House.

Apprentice painters have a brush with history with museum project

An 18th Century hall has been given a modern make over ready to welcome visitors once again.

We're Here Because We're Here soldiers in Market Square. Photo by Topher McGrilis.

New exhibition catalogues mysterious ‘We’re Here’ WW1 soldiers

A new Northern Stage exhibition, running until March 16, tells the story of Jeremy Deller’s moving “We’re Here Because We’re Here” art project.

South Tyneside Summer Parade 2016.

South Tyneside Summer Parade on lookout for participants

Community groups as well as dance and performance troupes from across the North East are being encouraged to take part in this year’s South Tyneside Summer Parade.

Author John Orton.

Author’s e-books available for free

A South Shields born author is giving copies of his two books away free as part of ‘Read an e-book week’.

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