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Reflective Writing Event; October 20th 2015




Are you struggling to write reflectively and find yourself staring blankly at an empty word document?

Not sure what reflective writing actually entails and wish to find out? Or do you just want to improve your reflective vernacular for an upcoming academic piece?

Then make sure you get to this workshop! It will take place at 12pm-1pm, L2.02 in the Teesside Library.
Topics that will be covered include how to write in the reflective style, the process of successfully incorporating academic research into your reflective writing, as well as understanding why written reflection is valuable.




Bear and Butterfly (Middlesbrough Town Hall) 20th October! 12:30pm – 2:15pm

Tickets – £5.50 + booking fees
Group discounts are available for bookings of 25+ for £5 per ticket.  

Please contact the Box Office for details.

 This is a fantastic event for children to get involved in and experience!

Book Signing with local author David McCaffrey (W H SMITH) October 10th!

Can any death be humane?



This is a great opportunity to talk with an experienced author. He wrote the thriller Hellbound, a tale that is both remarkable and thought-provoking, delving into the ethics of capital punishment.

You follow murderer Obadiah Stark and reporter Jack O’Connell, while the former commits his many horrible crimes and the latter doggedly seeks the truth about the blood-thirsty killer (and chases anything in a skirt.)

You also follow Obadiah on his journey after his execution.

The ethical questions surrounding thoughts on justice and the death sentence are raised surprisingly well within in this novel. Hellbound does’t give any overt information regarding the David’s opinion on the death penalty, so you are not swayed into thinking it is “right” or “wrong.” But he does give you the facts (he has a background in criminology). You’re then left to make your own mind up about the main character Obadiah Stark .

It’s certainly not a mindless, horror gore-fest with no substance.

So if you’re a fan of provocative, psychologically thrilling stories, read the book and meet the man himself!

If you do go to the signing, you will also get a signed copy of Hellbound from the author himself.

The Electric Kool-Aid Cabaret


The last Kool-Aid Cabaret was a heady brew of stimulation, inspiration and reflection. Not often do you see the funky, the political and the poetic all weaved together with an eclectic blend of original music and comedy. No mumbling fops in velvet capes here, with Bob Beagrie and Andy Willoughby running the show and throwing us tasty morsels from their modern epic, ‘Sampo’.

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Local poet Carmen Thompson  was like a siren on the stage, her poetry filled with sex, wit and myth.

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Dizzylez from Avignon recorded his voice live into a looper to build up layers of sound (the sea, breakbeats, hi-hats, mouth trombone) before rapping out poetry over the top.

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Kayo Chingonyi gave us poems inspired by the house scene, back in the days of Larry Levan, such as ‘The Colour of James Brown’s Scream‘.

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In amongst all this we were treated to other poems about life, death, sex and night furies; protest songs, didgeridoos, a bluesy version of Billy Gene; and comedy sketches (including a valiant attempt to explain politics through the medium of a banana).

The last of the Teesside Cabarets connected to The Intercity Flow Project brings together poets from Denmark, London and Teesside (Claus Ankersen and Maja Petrea Fox, Jacob Sam-La Rose and Rachel Long, Jo Colley and Serena Rana-Rahman).

Plus live music from The Electric Kool-Aid Trio, the incredible Curse Pie & The Amplifier, songwriter slot from James Senior, comedy sketches and other unexpected intrigues. Don’t miss it!

The Electric Kool-Aid Cabaret, 22nd April, 7.30pm at Tuned In! Majuba Road, TS10 5BJ Redcar. £4/£5 on the door (free for anyone 19 years or under, discount for members of the Teesside Literary Society)

Photographs @ Kev Howard, used by kind permission.

The Electric Kool-Aid Cabaret – Feb 25th

The third mega celebration of International collaboration


poets, spoken word performers and musicians

from Teesside, London and Europe.

Ek Zuban are proud to present

Kayo Chingonyi originally from Zambia and now based in London,

Shoshana Anderson – a poet originally from New York City, currently living in England,

Dizzylez and Mosatch from Avingon, France,

plus Carmen Thompson and Lauren Dye from Teesside.

As usual the cabaret will feature music from The Kool-Aid Trio,

sets by solo singer songwriter Reece Hanrahan

and sets from Curse Pie & The Amplifier.

And if that’s not enough we have comedy sketches by the Kool-Aid Cabaret team

and a few other treats in store.

Make sure its in your diaries and come along.

£4/ £3 concessions or free if you are 19 years old or younger.

Bring your own booze! tea coffee soft drinks available

Where: Tuned In, Majuba Road, Redcar

When: Wed 25th February, 7.30pm – 11pm

Black Light Engine Room Live Literature Evening

Black Light Engine Room

Black Light Engine Room

The latest in this popular live literature evening will take place on Saturday 25 January  at The Westgarth Social Club, Southfield Road, Middlesbrough.

Teesside University Creative Writing students will be reading!

Open Mic. 7.30pm start.