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Memory Lane Dementia Café

Middlesbrough Central Library

The Memory Lane Dementia Café is held on a monthly basis on the third Wednesday of each month, in Central Library, from 1-3pm.

Journey to where magic and myth began with Harry Potter: A History of Magic at Middlesbrough Central Library.

Have you ever wanted to delve into Divination, ponder the peculiarities of Potions and discover magical creatures? Now you can. In partnership with the British Library, Middlesbrough Library will be capturing the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories. Delving deep into the collections of Middlesbrough Libraries, Dorman Museum and Teesside Archives to bring you a display of magical treasures and tales from your local area, celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone with Middlesbrough Library.

The exhibition is open during library opening hours and a host of events have been planned to celebrate the launch. Reserve your place on events by calling 01642 729002.

British Library Screenings

We’re delighted to be able to show a series of both live and pre-recorded screenings from the British Library to audiences in Middlesbrough.

International Women's Day Lectures

Thursday 8th March 5 - 8.30pm (PRE-RECORDED)

5pm - Harriet Harman MP, former deputy leader of the Labour party and author of A Woman’s Work, discusses 100 years of the vote for women. What has been achieved, and how much is still to be done? In conversation with Joan Bakewell.

7pm - Leading women's rights campaigner Helen Pankhurst, great-granddaughter of suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst, Jill Liddington and Robert Wainwright discuss the struggle for the vote and ask how far women have come since the suffragettes, how far they still have to go and how they will get there. Chaired by Julia Wheeler.

Tickets £1.

Migrant Songs: Music and Migration in South Asia

Tuesday 27th March 5.30 - 7pm (PRE-RECORDED)

Migration has been one of the biggest stories of recent centuries. People have left, if not fled, their homes. What emotions did they experience during that journey? What were their moments of fear and hope, and how did they express it? This pre-recorded talk will use rare and ephemeral texts in Bengali and Assamese from the British Library South Asia collection to explore the creative life-world of migrants. Tickets £1.

Frankenstein: The First 200 Years

Tuesday 17th April 7-8:30pm

Christopher Frayling traces the journey of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein from limited edition literature to the bloodstream of contemporary culture.

Frankenstein was published on New Year's Day 1818 in an anonymous three-volume edition of 500 copies. In an illustrated lecture, the cultural historian discusses the trajectory of the novel, and its depiction in magazines, on playbills, posters, advertising, packaging, and in comics and graphic novels.    
Christopher Frayling was until recently Rector of the Royal College of Art and Chair of Arts Council England. A cultural historian, critic and award-winning broadcaster on television and radio, he has published over 20 books on art, design, film and popular culture, including Nightmare: The Birth of HorrorVampyres: Genesis and Resurrection, and most recently, Frankenstein - The First Two Hundred Years (Reel Art Press).

Tickets are £3 and can be booked on 01642 729002 

Author Event 

Thursday 15th March 6 - 7:30pm (Acklam Community Hub and Library)

Local authors Zak Uddin and Roxie Cooper will introduce their debut novels and talk about their writing.

From Cradle to Grave, the title of Dr Zak Uddin's first novel, is the motto of the NHS at its inception in 1948. He chose it because the book's main protagonist is a junior doctor and it felt a fitting name for a story about the birth of a medical career. The book tells the tale of Jack, a newly qualified junior doctor in his first six months after medical school, working in a sleepy district general hospital where he initially struggles to perfect his skills.

Roxie Cooper was born and bred in Middlesbrough. After studying Classics at university, she became a dancer in a nightclub for a few years before going travelling and living in Australia. When she returned, she swapped dancing on a bar, to practising at the Bar, and became a barrister for seven years.

It was after being constantly told ‘Ooh! You don’t look like a barrister!’ by absolutely everyone she met that the idea for her debut novel The Laws of Attraction was born.

Tickets are £3 and can be booked on 01642 817810.

Read Regional Authors Celebrate World Book Night

Tuesday 24th April 7-8.30pm at Acklam Community Hub and Library

David Mark is already well known for his Hull based crime series featuring DS Aector McAvoy. Tonight he introduces his first historical fiction novel The Zealot’s Bones– a dark mystery set in 1849 in Hull during a cholera outbreak. The story centres on Meshach Stone, a disgraced soldier and spy now serving as bodyguard to rich young archaeologist Diligence Matheson. They have come to the north seeking the last resting place of one of Christ’s apostles.

Carmen Marcus is a performance poet from Saltburn who will introduce her debut novel How Saints Die – a tale of strength and survival inspired by seaside folklore and superstitions.

Tickets are £3 and can be booked on 01642 817810


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