Join the Newcastle Book Groups

There are two Newcastle Book Groups, which both meet at The Carriage pub in Archbold Terrace, Jesmond, on the first Tuesday of the month. The lunchtime group is run by group members and meets at 12.30pm. The evening group meets at 6.30pm.

Please tell us some more about yourself so that we can pass your information on to the appropriate group.

Please note, meeting dates are occasionally subject to change, so please wait for a response from the group leader before attending your first meeting.

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June’s book: ‘Song For My Father’ by Ian Clayton


For June’s book group we’ll be reading a memoir by Ian Clayton called ‘Song for my Father’, and Ian will be coming along on the evening of June 7th to talk about the book. You can find out more details by clicking here.

Ian’s publishers are doing a 30% discount on the price, and I’ll bring some books to sell at our next meeting on May 10th.  They’ll be selling for £7, but anyone who can’t attend, or who’s financially embarrassed – aren’t we all – can get them from Peter Cumiskey at New Writing North –

Anyone from the lunchtime group is welcome to come along and hear Ian talk about writing his memoir.

European Literature Night

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We’re doing two books for the 6.30pm book group and members can read either one or the other. I’ll bring copies of both books for our meeting on April 12th and you can buy them from me for £8.

Anyone wishing to buy either book, but who can’t make the April meeting, should email Peter Cumiskey at New Writing North with the details of which book they’d like to read and their address, and he’ll post it out. His address is

Both authors will come and talk about their books in the evening, and I’m going to chair the session.

The two books are:

You Have Me to Love by Jaap Roben, an award-winning Dutch author, and the book is about to be made into a film.
… and the other book is Dry Season by Gabriela Babnik, a Slovenian writer.

Change to December’s book

Sorry to muck you all about, but we’re going to change December’s book to ‘A Spool of Blue Thread’ by Anne Tyler.  This is because ‘Wolf Winter’ by Celia Ekbert isn’t out in paperback until mid-November, making things a bit tight.  So we’re going to read ‘Wolf Winter’ over the chilly, dark nights of Christmas and New Year and discuss it when we meet on January 5th.  I know you’ll enjoy it.  Wrap up warm.



November book group – special guest

Our book for November is the excellent and thought-provoking ‘Off the Map’ by Professor Alastair Bonnett of Newcastle University, and he’s generously agreed to come and talk about the book. We’re meeting as usual at The Carriage Pub in Jesmond at 6.30pm, but any members of the lunchtime group are warmly invited to join us too.

As someone who gets lost all the time, and secretly doesn’t mind too much, it’s a book that’s right up my street.