First Wednesday talk: 2nd Nov 2016
Michael Chaplin and Charles Bell – The Tyne View Project

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A social and people’s history of the River Tyne

In July 2011 Michael Chaplin, writer-in-residence for the Port of Tyne, along with artist Birtley Aris, photographer Charles Bell and poet Christy Ducker, took a 50 mile riverside walk up and down the tidal length of the River Tyne from South Shields Pier to Tynemouth Pier via Wylam Bridge.

They recorded their adventures, the people they encountered along the way and the places they discovered in narrative, photographs, poetry and art inspired by the river itself.

Their walk took them through changing communities, vital industry and through urban, rural, industrial and post-industrial landscapes. Along the way they interviewed people who work alongside the river from boat builders and taxi drivers to a horse dentist at Bill Quay farm to capture reflections on the past and the future of the Tyne.

The resulting book includes pen and ink illustrations, photography, poetry and a written and poetic narrative that captures the ordinary and extraordinary people of the river and the river itself at a point of change. Part social history, part psycho-geography and part love letter, Tyne View captures the soul of Tyneside’s big river.

Charles and Michael will be telling us the story behind the book.

H Y Tyne

7:30 pm start

Ray McGinty