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Two graduates from the University of Sunderland have made a film about two of the city’s most famous – and sometimes infamous – nightclubs. The documentary is about the Blue Monkey nightclub and the New Monkey that followed it. The film, entitled Two Monkeys, is by digital film production graduates Rob...
Holy Trinity Church in the East End of Sunderland will be undergoing extensive restoration work over the next 12 months. An event to promote the conservation efforts of local community groups and trusts will be held on Saturday 6th July and aims to raise awareness of Sunderland's rich history. The Canny...
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Review: The Standing Water (Steel String Books) by David Castleton Some books may be pleasant, easy reads – novels that cosily confirm us in our worldview, our habits and opinions. Other books seize us by the lapels, shake us, drag us to an imaginary...
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Sunderland Winter Gardens will soon be hosting a very special play to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War and the Armistice. The Muddy Choir tells the story of three working-class Sunderland soldiers who are serving with the Durham Light Infantry in the conflict. The trio...
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The Sunderland Libraries Literature Festival will set out to celebrate all things local this year – with a focus on the north east’s artists, authors, playwrights and musicians. The festival will offer a range of highlights including a murder mystery evening, screenings of old films, creative writing workshops and events...
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A PhD student at the University of Sunderland has created a stunning chandelier – using almost 1000 pieces of upcycled glass. Helen Pailing created her chandelier – entitled Adorn – using cut-off pieces of glass discarded by lamp makers. These pieces – of all sizes and shapes – were reworked...
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Sunderland’s Summer Streets music festival will return this year, but the event will have a new home. Summer Streets – which this year will be part of the Tall Ships Race – will move from its traditional site of Thompson Park, Southwick, to Seaburn Recreation Park. The festival, which will take...
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A north-east production of the gothic classic Dracula is to be staged with a difference – as part of the play audiences will walk through a spooky regional landmark. The show, directed by University of Sunderland drama graduate Kylie Archer, will take the audiences on a ‘horror tour’ of Newcastle’s...
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Street artists and performers of all kinds have been invited by Sunderland City Council to showcase their talents – the prize being a chance to entertain the public when the Tall Ships Race 2018 visits Sunderland.  Successful applicants will have two opportunities to perform during the four-day event, which will...
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A Sunderland writer with strong connections to TV’s Coronation Street is to give two talks next week as part of the Sunderland Literature Festival.  Glenda Young, who studied journalism at the University of Sunderland, has been running the Coronation Street Blog since 2007. She has also written seven Coronation Street TV-tie-in...

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