9-18 October 2020

New Narratives for the North East

Hear from many of the writers involved in the project about the ideas that inspired their work and also their relationship with the region and regional identity. Through interview and extracts of their work as well as the varied sounds of the North East, many of the themes of the work come to the fore. Here we discuss what makes this part of England distinct and what its future might look like. The characters that emerge are not just those of the writers, but also that of the sea, or the Wall, or indeed the multi-faceted region itself.

The series was made in York by Sonderbug Productions with music specially composed and recorded in Newcastle by Jayne Dent.

Episode One: Sing the North

David Almond’s commission, ‘Sing the North’, takes centre stage, interwoven with the voices of other writers as we take a journey upon birdwing across the North East.

Read the transcript of Episode One: Sing the North here.

Episode Two: This Edge

Here we explore the North-East’s relationship with its borders, of land and sea, and how being on this edge informs its character, communities and perspectives.

Read the transcript of Episode Two: This Edge here.

Episode Three: The City is a Language

Join us to explore the North-East’s distinctive urban spaces and explore how those on the inside read and think about our cities and towns.

Read the transcript of Episode Three: The City is a Language here.

Episode Four: About the Future

This episode looks forwards, refiguring the North-East’s heritage, opening new ideas and exploring potential future narratives for the region as we look to the future.

Read the transcript of Episode Four: About the Future here.

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