This December, Fane Productions brings the first edition of a brand-new festival to Sage Gateshead.

Words Weekend celebrates the power of words and stories with a packed programme of talks, workshops, panel discussions, music and spoken word.

More than 25% of events are free, and all are fully accessible. Through the power of words and stories, Words Weekend aims to unite communities and ignite imaginations.

There truly is something for everyone!

Highlights include: Nadiya Hussain, Bernardine Evaristo and David Olusoga, Marian Keyes, Terry Deary, Elif Shafak, Dr Jon Copley, Michael Morpurgo, Jay Rayner, Stacey Dooley, Grayson Perry and many more!