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City of Literature

Celebrating literature and promoting literacy in Newcastle

City of Literature

Since 2019 we have been growing a City of Literature collaboration with our friends and partners: Newcastle City Council, the English departments at Newcastle and Northumbria Universities, Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts, New Writing North, and Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books.  

Centred on literature and literacy, and the cultural practices associated with them (reading, writing, publishing, performance, digital, libraries, learning) City of Literature aims to work with writers, promote festivals, and to research and teach literary and social history to support literacy in children and adults.  

Over the next two years, we will assess the potential for coordination in city-wide Open Forums.

At home in Newcastle, we are exploring opportunities for staff and student collaborations between the School of Education and English at Newcastle University, with projects linking, for example, the history of reading with the science of the internal voice of readers; or assessing the value of participatory research methodologies for our work on children’s archives. We run monthly Literate City/City of Literature Brownbag lunches / afternoon teas. Check here for details of the next one or email

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences