The Word, National Centre for the Written Word listings until March 2020

The Word, National Centre for the Written Word has new exhibitions and whole host of events and activities to enjoy over the coming months for children, adults and families.

Exhibition:

Amazing Space

Until Sunday 23 February 2020

FREE

Suitable for all ages

You only have until Sunday 23 February to see The Word’s out-of-this-world exhibition ‘Amazing Space’ which celebrates 50 years since the first Moon landing. Visitors can explore Space fact and fiction, discover the stories inspired by Space and watch clips from classic science-fiction movies old and new.

Step inside the astronaut’s spacesuit and replicate the photograph taken on the first Moon landing, then head to the Command Module and watch a short film all about life as an astronaut – the good, the bad and the occasionally unpleasant!

There is also a Space-scene jigsaw, a selection of Space-themed music to listen to, costumes from Star Trek and Star Wars and more!

Supported by Arts Council England.

 

Poetry + Video

Friday 17 January – Tuesday 17 March

Free

A touring programme of video poems from around the world. This hour-long collection, which includes screen adaptations of page poetry, prose poetry, animations, poetic cinema, text-on-screen and spoken word, will be available to view in The Word’s Ground Floor Pod.

Contains strong language.

 

For more information: www.theworduk.org

 

No Place Like Home

Friday 17 January – 27 March

Free

A new exhibition celebrating 100 years of council housing, shaped by the stories and memories of South Tyneside residents who grew up on the Borough’s council estates. Inspired by 100 years since the Addison Act was introduced.

 

For more information: www.theworduk.org

 

February Half Term @ The Word:

Luna: A Play about the Moon

Saturday 15 February, 11am-12noon and 1-2pm

£4 per person. Suitable for over 5s and their families

Roustabout Theatre will be bringing their performance of Luna to The Word. Featuring astronauts, lovelorn science teachers, werewolves and a special guest appearance by the Moon itself, supported by a talented cast of household objects, Luna is a rich feast of storytelling, music history and science, celebrating this fascination with our oldest friend.

Booking required

For more information and to book visit www.theworduk.org

 

Arts and Crafts

Monday 17 & Thursday 20 February, 10.30-11.30am & 2.30-3.30pm

£1 per child. Tickets must be bought in person from Level 2 of The Word

Booking required

Children can have lots of fun creating Mardi Gras themed crafts.

For more information: www.theworduk.org

 

LEGO®Fun

Tuesday 18 February, drop-in between 10am-2pm

Free. Suitable for children and families

Go along to The Word for this drop-in session and get creative building with LEGO®.

 

Laser Cut a Robot Mask

Tuesday 18 February, 10am-12.30pm and 1.30-4pm

£6 per child. Suitable for children aged 6+

Booking required

 

Create your own robot mask using the laser cutters in The Word’s FabLab. Pick a robot character and watch your robot mask be made!

For more information and to book visit www.theworduk.org

 

Space Robotics

Wednesday 19 February, 10am-12noon and 2-4pm

£3 per child. Suitable for children aged 7-11

Booking required

If you enjoy a challenge and want to have fun, come along to this session where you will learn all about programming robots with the help of Milo the Mars Rover.

 For more information and to book visit www.theworduk.org

Create your own Robot Arm

 

Wednesday 19 February, drop-in between 10am-1pm and 1.30-4pm

£6 per child. Suitable for children aged 6+

Children can have lots of fun making their own robot arm. They’ll create their design and watch as it’s laser cut, once they’ve attached some strings they’ll make their arm move!

For more information visit www.theworduk.org

 

 

Tales of Robot Adventures

Friday 21 February, 10.30am, 12.45pm & 2.15pm

£3.50 child, £2.50 adult, £10.50 family of 4, £1 children under 1

Suitable for under 7’s and their families

 

Join The Word for an exciting storytelling session in the immersive StoryWorld! Children will listen to stories of robot adventures, sing songs, get crafty and play robot games.

 

Booking required

For more information and to book visit: www.theworduk.org

 

FabLab @ The Word:

 

FabLab’s Book of the Month – The Jungle Book

 

Saturday 11, 18 and 25 January, drop-in between 10am-12.30pm and 1-3.30pm

From £4 per creation. Suitable for children and families

Come along to FabLab at The Word’s artist workshops on Saturdays in January and get creative using 3D printers and laser cutters! Every month the sessions are themed around a family favourite book and children and families can create various items based on the tale. January’s book of the month is The Jungle Book and you can create a different jungle-themed item each week.

Laura Jones is the artist in residence in FabLab @ The Word and is running these sessions as a participatory arts project. Once you’ve created your unique item you’ll then be able to take it away with you. Laura will then use your designs to help create an art installation to be displayed at The Word in April 2020.

For more information visit www.theworduk.org

 

Learn How to Laser Cut

Thursday 16 and 30 January, 27 February and 12 March, 1-4pm

£12.50 per person. Suitable for ages 16+

Booking required

Step out of your comfort zone at The Word’s fantastic laser cutting session where you’ll learn how to create something amazing!

For more information and to book visit www.theworduk.org

 

 

Learn How to 3D Print

Thursday 23 January and 5 March, 1-4pm

£12.50 per person. Suitable for ages 16+

Booking required

Learn how 3D printers work and how to print designs. You can find out where to find models to print and how to design your own.

For more information and to book visit www.theworduk.org

 

Learn How to Vinyl Cut

Thursday 13 February and 19 March, 1-4pm

£12.50 per person. Suitable for ages 16+

Booking required

Learn the basics of how a vinyl cutter works and gain experience in creating your own wall art and/or designs for t-shirts!

For more information and to book visit www.theworduk.org

 

 

Events for adults:

 

Novel Writing Course with Tracey Iceton

Thursday 23 January – 19 March, 10am-12noon

£75 per person for 5 fortnightly sessions. Suitable for ages 16+

Booking required

Novelist and creative writing tutor, Tracey Iceton, will introduce you to the craft of novel writing. Tracey will steer writers through plotting, characterisation and narrative approaches, help to plan their novels effectively and offer advice.

To book email traceyiceton@hotmail.co.uk

 

Journey into the Cosmos

Saturday 22 February, 2-3.30pm

£5 per person. Suitable for adults and children over 12

Booking required

Kielder Observatory will be coming to The Word to take you on a journey through space and time, out into the cosmos to unlock some of the mysteries our Universe has to offer. This talk will explore our current perceptions of it and the important discoveries made along the way.

For more information and to book visit www.theworduk.org

 

World Book Day with Nancy Revell

Thursday 5 March, 6.30-7.30pm

£2 per person. Suitable for ages 16+

Booking required

Author of The Shipyard Girls series, Nancy Revell, will be joining The Word on World Book Day to discuss her novels which are set in the north east of England during World War II.

For more information and to book visit www.theworduk.org

 

The Northern Crime Syndicate

Thursday 2 April, 6.30-7.30pm

£2 per person. Suitable for ages 16+

Booking required

Find out about the emerging talent of this new crime writing panel featuring regional authors: Chris McGeorge, Rob Parker, A.M. Peacock, Judith O’Reilly and Trevor Wood.

For more information and to book visit www.theworduk.org

 

A.M. Peacock – Newcastle Noir 2020 Fringe event

Wednesday 22 April, 6-7.30pm

Free. Suitable for ages 16+

Booking required

In the run up to Newcastle Noir 2020, A.M. Peacock will be at The Word to discuss his first novel Open Grave. Go along to ask Adam some questions and have a chat about crime writing.

For more information and to book visit www.theworduk.org