On this blog, I write about the history and culture of North East England. You will find a range of posts on subjects as diverse as Geordie Shore, politician T. Dan Smith, the architecture of Newcastle and the region’s food and drink scene. This site began as a film blog and was originally “draperonfilm.com”.* There is a selection of film criticism available through the menu and a few conversations about documentary filmmaking and film history with Film Studies PhD student Tom Jackson, in addition to a few film festival reports. I’m currently working in Bologna, Italy and so have been spending a little too long away from Newcastle and my native North East. But I’ll be back soon, with my pen ready, or should I say fingertips poised, to write more about the region. Please subscribe to keep up to date with all my posts.


Here I am trying to suppress a smile after telling what most probably was an awful joke in front of a blurry Swing Bridge on Newcastle Quayside.

All posts by Tom Draper. Graduate of Longbenton Community College, University of Warwick (BA) and Durham University (MA). 

You can follow me on Twitter here.

* “Geordie Bore” and “It’s Not So Grim Up North” were once suggested as replacements for “draperonfilm” but I’ve regrettably decided to go with the dull “tom-draper.com”

Banner Photo Credit: Harry Hughes Photography


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