“Rip Tides & Fish Bites”


A group of six local creative writers calling themselves The Xchangers have put together their first joint booklet “Rip Tides & Fish Bites” which is being launched on Sunday 17th September at The Exchange on Howard Street.

The Group first met in 2015 at a North Tyneside Adult Learning Course and now these friends meet every Friday at The Exchange on Howard Street, North Shields where they support each other to develop the confidence to create and submit material to be published and just ‘have a go’.

And that’s exactly what they have done. The group have produced a booklet, “Rip Tides and Fish Bites”, which is a collection of short stories and poems inspired by North Shields and the surrounding area. The stories which are emotionally charged, uplifting and heart-warming have been written by Helen L Scott, Claire Reynolds, Sue Miller, John Purves, Lyn Melville and Krys Wysocki.

The Xchangers were looking for an opportunity to support a local cause, and jointly decided upon The Palliative Care Unit Redesdale Court, The Seamen’s Mission and the North Shields Fishermen’s Heritage Project (NSFHP).

As well as a few short readings and music by “The Beldons”, NSFHP Vice Chairman/retired fisherman Henry Howard will be there to share a few of his salty sea dog tales.

The FREE event at the Exchange Bar, Howard Street, North Shields is on Sunday 17th September between 3-5pm.

“Rip Tides and Fish Bites” will be on sale at the event priced £4.