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Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne

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£6.00 - £8.00

New Writing North and Institute for Humanities, Northumbria University present


When: Saturday 28th March 2020
Event begins: 2:00pm

Tickets: £8 Full Price / £6 Concession (Student, Artist, Unwaged, Over 60s)
Age recommendation: 16+
Running time: 60 minutes


Exploring the fact behind the fiction.

Oliver Harris and Judith O’Reilly talk to leading Professor in AI, Lars Holmquist, about their new thrillers that use technology as the setting for a very modern crime scene.

Increasingly, technology provides both the materials and the setting for criminal activity. 

In A Shadow Intelligence Oliver Harris brings the spy novel into ultra-contemporary territory, where psychological warfare is conducted by social media and the use of deep-fakes, and state intelligence vies with powerful external agencies like Cambridge Analytica, making it impossible to tell who is manipulating whom. 

In Judith O’Reilly’s latest thriller, Curse the Day, a scientist is on the brink of an astonishing breakthrough in artificial intelligence, as his creation appears to have achieved consciousness – when the AI device witnesses his murder.

Professor Lars Erik Holmquist, Northumbria University, is an internationally leading researcher in human computer interaction, interaction design and ubiquitous computing. 

Together, they will discuss the opportunities for digital technology as the setting for a very modern crime scene.  

 Chaired by Professor Katy Shaw, Northumbria University.
@newwritingnorth @oliharris808 @judithoreilly @northumbriauni

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Alphabetti Theatre

Saint James' Boulevard

Newcastle upon Tyne


New Writing North is the writing development agency for the north of England, and is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation. We work with writers to develop career opportunities, new commissions, projects, residencies, publications and live events.

Northumbria University is a research-rich, business-focused, professional university with a global reputation for academic excellence. Northumbria collaborates with New Writing North to develop conferences, seminars and events for the wider writing community across the North.

The Alphabetti Theatre bar and theatre are wheelchair accessible. We have space for two wheelchair users per performance. 

Ticket Collection Policy: Tickets must be collected by the show's start time. Tickets uncollected by the start time will be made available to those on the waiting list for shows which sell out.

Age Recommendation: 16+

Running Time: 60 minutes



Alphabetti Theatre

Alphabetti Theatre is based in Newcastle Upon Tyne and was created by Ali Pritchard in 2012. We create, produce, and programme new, original work from emerging artists across the performing arts, championing work in Music, Theatre, Comedy and Poetry. We strive to make theatre that is relatable and accessible to all, and are constantly looking for new ways to challenge ourselves, physically, mentally and conceptually – we believe that by challenging ourselves we inevitably challenge the audience, creating engaging and original experiences.