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Explore the theme of escape and journeys in a day of poetry workshops with local poets and Senior Lecturers in Creative Writing from Teesside University, Bob Beagrie and Andy Willoughby. Leading a set of inspirational exercises in the morning and looking at how performance techniques can lift the work you have done from page to stage in the afternoon.

You can then, if you’re feeling brave, perform the results at this evening’s Electric Kool-Aid Cabaret in the Reference Library, 7pm – 9.30pm.

Location: Middlesbrough Central Library

Cost: £10 per person

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Central Library

The Central Public Library was officially opened in 1912 by Alderman Amos Hinton. Built on two plots of land, one donated by Sir Hugh Bell, the other by Alderman Amos Hinton, the foundation stone was laid in 1910 and the building, sometimes known as the Carnegie Library, was officially opened on May 8, 1912. Featuring a classical design selected from 203 submissions, its architects were Messrs. S. B. Russell and T. E. Cooper, of Gray's Inn Square, London.

In its original form, it provided a lending library where boys' and girls' sections were separated by a screen, a ladies' reading room, a central news room with a separate entrance in Grange Road, and on the first floor were the law and patent and reference libraries. This was Middlesbrough's first purpose-built premises to house its public library.

Further contact information

Lending Library: 01642 729002; lending_library@middlesbrough.gov.uk

Reference Library: 01642 729001; reference_library@middlesbrough.gov.uk

Opening times

Monday 9.30am-7pm
Tuesday 9.30am-7pm
Wednesday 9.30am-5pm
Thursday 9.30am-7pm
Friday 9.30am-5pm
Saturday 9.30am-5pm
Sunday Closed