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Tolkien Weekend in Newcastle this weekend

Tolkien Weekend Newcastle

Fans of the legendary fantasy works of J.R.R. Tolkien could easily be forgiven for thinking that this year’s season for elves and orcs behaving badly ended earlier this month, with the ever-popular Middle Earth Festival (originally the Tolkien Weekend) taking place at and around Sarehole Mill in Hall Green, Birmingham, a place which inspired the writer and academic from the days of his youth.

But if you look a little further north this weekend,  you will find some competition for the longer-established event going on in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, where they are holding their own Tolkien Weekend 2016  on Saturday, 24th and Sunday, 25th September , with a programme of events coordinated by Time and Tide Events of Tyne & Wear.

For this alternate Tolkien Weekend, the venue is Newcastle Castle, and admission is, like the unconnected Birmingham event, free of charge, in this case with stalls and entertainment being located inside the Castle Keep and Black Gate.

A Tolkien fringe

Fringe events include an art exhibition, ‘Illuminating Tolkien’, at St Nicholas Cathedral (20th-25th September, with a preview evening on Friday 19th), and a Beowulf Evening at The Bridge Hotel (24th September, 7pm), featuring a performance of the famous Old English poem.

Guest of honour Royd Tolkien will be talking about his great-grandfather’s legacy at a Q&A session at 3pm on Saturday 24th.

Newcastle’s second event

This is the second annual weekend in Newcastle celebrating the works of J.R.R. Tolkien – the Castle being the meeting place of regional Tolkien Society group or smial  Arnor – aka The Fellowship of the North.

For more information, and to book tickets for any of these events, see and also via the following direct link: Newcastle Tolkien Weekend.

Event Horizon: October 2015

by Carol Goodwin
Prognostications and predictions of West Midlands genre literary events coming up this month.
I think there is sometimes a perception that there is no literary activity outside of London.  Well if you live in the Midlands and are interested in SF/Fantasy writing and books then the following is a list of some of the interesting events that are I know are happening in the area this October.  Most of them are inexpensive or even free and a great chance to meet and talk to authors, editors and fans of the SF/F/ Horror genre.  So what are you waiting for?

Carol Goodwin

INTO THE NARROWS, 17th October, Birmingham

Local fantasy author James Brogden talks about how the Midlands inspires his urban fantasy. 2 – 3pm at Birmingham University. Free entry but booking required. More details at­brogden.aspx

THINGS THAT DON’T SELL BOOKS, 17th October, Birmingham

Local fantasy authors, Iain Grant and Heide Goody discuss how to boost online sales. 3 – 4pm at Birmingham University. Free entry but booking required. More details at­goody­iain-

SHOUT THE CALL, 17th October, Walsall

Double book launch by local authors, Lucy Onions (SHOUT THE CALL) and James Josiah (C90) with additional readings by other authors, live music, free food and drink. Southcart Books, 20 Lower Hall Lane, Walsall. WS1 1RL. Check the Facebook event page for more details.


Featuring local authors Gav Thorpe, Stephen Palmer and Alex Davis discussing writing and publishing. 6 – 9:30pm at The Nottingham Mechanics, NG1 4EZ. Tickets £5.  Details at

AN EVENING WITH JOE HILL, 22nd October, Birmingham

Horror writer Joe Hill will be answering questions and signing books. Waterstones New Street from 7pm. Tickets £3 Tel: 0121 631 4333.


Three leading fantasy authors talk about their new books. Waterstones, Nottingham (1/5 Bridlesmith Gate, NG1 2GR) from 7 pm.  Tickets £3 Tel: 0115 947 0069.


Fantasy author Leigh Bardugo will be talking about her new book SIX OF CROWS at Waterstones New Street from 3pm. Tickets £3 Tel: 0121 631 4333.

SOUTHCART SCAREFEST, 31st October, Walsall

A day of Horror-­themed author readings and fun, free food and drink. Southcart Books, 20 Lower Hall Lane, Walsall. WS1 1RL. Check the Facebook event page for more details.


Horror authors David Moody and Wayne Simmons will be answering questions and signing books including Wayne Simmons’ new book VOODOO CHILD at Waterstones New Street from 7pm. Tel: 0121 631 4333.

September Events UK


Conventions, Meetings & Exhibitions

The following events will soon be upon us – check out the links for further information!

Saturday 5th September 2015

International Comics Expo -The Studio, Cannon Street, Birmingham.

Sunday 6th September 2015

Comics Uncovered – The Studio, Cannon Street, Birmingham.  Linked with International Comics Expo, same venue.

Saturday – Sunday 5th-6th September 2015

Middle Earth Festival  – formerly The Tolkien Weekend, at and around Sarehole Mill, Hall Green, Birmingham.

Thursday – Sunday 10th-13th September 2015 

Oxonmoot  – the annual conference of The Tolkien Society, Oxford.

Friday 11th September 2015

Birmingham SF Group Meeting – talk by Prof. E. James, chair of the Science Fiction Foundation. Briar Rose Hotel, Bennett’s Hill, Birmingham. Click this link Edward James poster for details in pdf format.

Saturday 19th September 2015

British Science Fiction Association/British Fantasy Society 4th York Pubmeet – The Ackhorne pub, St Martin’s Lane, York.

Wednesday 23rd September 2015

British Science Fiction Association Open Meeting  – Artillery Arms, 102 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8ND.

Saturday 26th September 2015

BristolCon Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention – Doubletree Hotel, Bristol.

TitanCon – Science fiction and fantasy literature, media and gaming convention, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Sunday 27th  September 2015

The Second Crossness Steampunk Convivial – At Crossness Engines, Belvedere Road, Abbey Wood, London.

Post updated 3rd September 2015