Coming Soon

29 & 30 Oct 1pm – Wor Story – People’s History Film Festival – From the distant past to the present day, ordinary people have come together and taken action to create better lives for their communities and for the wider world. Join us to look into ‘Wor Story’ – films, exhibits and workshops exploring just a few of the many inspiring stories, amazing events and successes in the struggle against exploitation and inequality. And the launch of Wor Diary 2012, Newcastle’s own participatory rebellious diary!


Screen Printing Workshop Sunday 10 April 3pm

Alongside the Canny Little Library a small, free, screen printing workshop for beginners will be run. The aim for the day will be to introduce anyone that’s interested to the basics of screen printing (by having a go at it from start to finish).

A number of screens will be provided along with emulsion and ink, and anyone attending is e…ncouraged to bring design ideas and things to print on with them. The workshop begins at 3pm and will end around 7pm.

If you would like to attend, you don’t have to but it’d be great if you could send a blank e-mail with “screen printing workshop” to so enough resources are provided on the day. You do not need to book a place however and everyone is welcome.

see you there!


The Canny Little Library and Northern Indymedia present: How to Be the Media!

Sunday 6th March from 3:00pm

Indymedia is A network of individuals, independent and alternative media activists and organisations, offering grassroots, non-corporate, non-commercial coverage of important social and political issues. This workshop will introduce Northern Indymedia and look at why secure/independant media is important and how to use the internet securely(ish). It will also look at different ways of getting your media out there, including audio reports and zines.

See you there! (and hopefully before that too!!)


Sunday 13 February 3:00 p.m – Letter Writing at the Canny Little Library!

Would you like to rediscover the joys of good old fashioned written communication? Come along and have a go at writing to anyone you want; political prisoners, asylum detainees, your MP, an ex-lover, a long-lost friend, an imaginary friend, a fictional character…. who would you like to share your ideas with? It’s a friendly and informal drop-in session, you don’t have to come for the whole time! Materials provided.

see you there!

or if you can’t make it, you could join in at home!

Writing to prisoners guide –

The Bent Bars Project – a new letter-writing project for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, gender-variant, intersex, and queer prisoners in Britain

National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns –

Plus – Hijack Valentine’s Day event – Come and join in the project to encourage love for our global neighbour on valentines day.

– preparing alternative love letters &
-making gifts to plant for the public around Newcastle on 14th Feb.

Come to cut out, draw, write, colour in, cook (shrink wrap plastic)!

Canny little bookmaking!

On Sunday 12 December 2010, the Canny Little Library hosted an event of book-inspired creative crafts, using different techniques to make notebooks/ storybooks/ picturebooks.


Opening Celebration

To celebrate the opening of the Canny Little Library, on 17th September 2010 there was an evening of  book-browsing and open performances with everybody invited to read out loud from something which had inspired them. It was party time, library-style!

After a ceremonial cutting-of-the ribbon by local legend Jack Grassby, who also donated copies of his books, including The Unfinished Revolution:South Tyneside 1969 – 1976, the readings got underway, with a warm atmosphere and a receptive crowd.

Local author David Dobereiner read a selection from his book The End of the Street: sustainable growth within natural limits, and others contributed a diverse mix of inspiring, intriguing and downright bizarre readings.

The evening combined the individual pleasure of reading something really good with a communal delight of sharing it and we look forward to making it a regular occurence.

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