Being Human Festival

Being Human is the UK’s first national festival of the humanities.

Being Human, the UK’s only national festival of the Humanities will return to Northumbria for a third year in November 2016! 

In 2015, staff from our Humanities Department hosted another series of free events from 12th - 22nd November as part of the festival under the theme Cities & Citizens. The events, which took place at public venues across the city centre, ranged from film screenings and talks, to storytelling, pop-up museums and big debates.

In 2016 Northumbria will be running two events as part of the nationwide festival theme ‘Hope and Fear’:

In ‘The Power of Print’, you will be able to celebrate the rich history of printing in eighteenth-century Newcastle by creating your own prints at Northern Print studios.

The talk and writing workshop, ‘Hoping for War, Imagining Peace’, will take you on a journey through tales of war, invasion, and peace written between the 1890s and 1920s. The writing workshop, which is aimed at young people, and which will feature contributions from Northumbria’s creative writing team, will give you the chance to work on your stories about hope and fear.

You can find the festival conversation on social media using #BeingHuman16

For further details, including booking a place, click the links to the event pages below.

The Power of Print in 18th-Century Newcastle

Dr Helen Williams will run two hands-on printing workshops for adults at Northern Print, facilitated by the Long Eighteenth-Century Research Group. Join us at Stepney Bank for a day in the print shop, producing artworks that explore Newcastle’s role as an epicentre of print production.

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Hoping for Peace, Imagining War: British writers 1890-1929

Dr Ann-Marie Einhaus (Northumbria University) will take you on an entertaining and thought-provoking journey through tales of war, invasion and peace written between the 1890s and 1920s. The talk is followed by an optional writing workshop, supported by Dr Tony Williams.

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