Lucie Simon

Game of Thrones – no more heroes (or villains?)

Game of Thrones – no more heroes (or villains?)

Game of Thrones returns to our screens for its eighth and final series tonight (Monday 15 April). Perhaps the most anticipated show of the decade, the popularity of the show in which virtually every character lies, cheats and commits murder, is a fascinating phenomenon. A global research group of university academics, which includes the University […]

 Danielle Blakeley

Seussical the Musical comes to the Customs House in South Shields

Seussical the Musical comes to the Customs House in South Shields

The magical stories of Dr. Seuss are coming to life in the University of Sunderland’s Seussical the Musical at the Customs House in South Shields this March. The show features some of Seuss’s most recognisable characters, such as The Cat in the Hat and The Grinch, plucked straight from the pages of his most famous […]

 Sophie Dishman

Preview: Sunderland Then And Now display

Preview: Sunderland Then And Now display

Sunderland: Then And Now display begins at the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens on Saturday, December 19.  The exhibition is a display of oil paintings, watercolours, drawings and prints from the city’s collection illustrating how the city has developed over the centuries. It shows views across Sunderland from the 1700s until the present day. Displays include […]

 Sophie Dishman

Spectral Visions: An Interview 5 Years On

Spectral Visions: An Interview 5 Years On

Spectral Visions is a student/staff partnership which has grown over the past five years. It now has a publishing outlet known as Spectral Visions Press and has developed a team of “visionaries”.  The three co-directors are Alison Younger, Colin Younger and Steve Watts. Sophie Dishman spoke to a number of those visionaries about Spectral Visions […]

 Sophie Dishman

Interview: Shirley Atkinson on Creative Futures

Interview: Shirley Atkinson on Creative Futures

  The Creative Futures launch at the Houses of Parliament was attended by the vice-chancellor of the University of Sunderland, Shirley Atkinson.  Sophie Dishman and Laura Wilson interviewed her about the Creative Futures report. They also asked her about what the University of Sunderland is doing to support the creative industries within the North East […]

 Sophie Dishman

Creative Futures Launch

Creative Futures Launch

On Monday November 23, four students from the University of Sunderland went to the House of Commons for the Creative Futures launch.  Creative Futures: Ten Steps to Support A Creative Economy is a report put together by Million+. It highlights the success of the creative industry within the UK and shows how universities can underpin the success […]

 Sophie Dishman

Sunderland graduate Amy McLean reveals new spiritual novel

Sunderland graduate Amy McLean reveals new spiritual novel

The Sunderland Literature Festival gives writers a chance to discuss their novels, whatever their age. The event aims to introduce adults as well as children to literacy and to a career in writing.  On Wednesday, October 14, Amy McLean spoke at the City Library on Fawcett Street. She talked about her new novel – Celestial Land […]

 Angus Saul

Interview: Ben Kuwas – small time filmmaker turns international writer

Interview: Ben Kuwas – small time filmmaker turns international writer

“Could I have a six-inch Italian BMT on honey oat bread please?” “Toasted?” “Yes, please.” Subway is the fast-food establishment of choice for Benjamin Kuwas, former University of Sunderland graduate, now film writing aficionado. A creature of habit, he rarely orders anything but the usual, and even less will eat elsewhere by choice. Strange, perhaps, […]

 Chelsea Dalby

Sunderland Shorts Film Festival to launch in 2015 with John Gann

Sunderland Shorts Film Festival to launch in 2015 with John Gann

On January  9 2015, esteemed film-maker and founder of DC Films John Gann, is planning to launch the Sunderland Shorts Film Festival at the University of Sunderland’s David Puttman Media Centre. The project hopes to bring to life a new collaboration which will expand the city’s independent film scene. It also hopes to provide a […]

 Josh Hollis

Northern Lights Podcast #5 – "How Much Suspense Is There If You Already Know It's a Giant Lizard?"

Northern Lights Podcast #5 – "How Much Suspense Is There If You Already Know It's a Giant Lizard?"

We’re back, did you miss us? Actually don’t answer that. It’s been a long time since the last Northern Lights Podcast, and due to a combination of technical gremlins and sheer bad luck we’ve not been able to bring you the long-awaited fifth Northern Lights Podcast. UNTIL NOW. Actually we did record one a few […]