Both Norman Cornish and Alexander Millar have taken the working men of North East England as their main subject matter. Is the relationship between the two painters as simple as that of master and imitator?
Being in the Championship has made it more difficult for supporters to watch Newcastle United play. NUFC fans have responded by filming and sharing the matches themselves.
Alexander Millar’s Gadgie, the Geordie working man clad in flat clap and creased suit jacket, crops up everywhere in his artistic work. In this piece I explore what exactly it means.
The Tyne and Wear Metro map has become the dominant way of visualising Newcastle, Sunderland and their suburbs. It does not offer us the full picture.
T. Dan Smith remains as one of Tyneside’s most controversial political figures. Hero or villain? Visionary or crook? Smith’s legacy distilled into four narratives.
Newcastle’s historic art-deco Odeon Cinema is facing demolition at the hands of billionaire businessmen David and Simon Reuben.
Last week, I watched Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown at the BFI Southbank in glorious 35mm, the first time I had seen a film in this format for over a year. The Tyneside Cinema – my local independent cinema and employer – like most mainstream and independent cinemas since the beginning of the digital (projection) age,… Continue reading A Personal Note on 35mm v Digital Film Projection
For Geordies, Newcastle Brown Ale, Broon or dog – never Newky Brown – still remains as one of the defining icons of Tyneside’s culinary heritage. A dark brown, malty brew, said by some to work like rocket fuel, and said by others, to cause you to go on a mad one in Toon. While the… Continue reading Newcastle Brown Ale: from Miners to Hipsters
To say that the work of Jack Common has been ignored and forgotten by both the literary establishment and the city he once described has become routine within the few esoteric corners of academia and journalism which have brought attention to the man and his work over the last few years. While his name may… Continue reading Jack Common, The Ampersand and 21st Century Newcastle