An NELH Jubilee Talk: Michael Chaplin, Hame – My Durham, Collected Works of Sid Chaplin
July 4 @ 7:00 pmFree
This talk is the second of NELH’s Jubilee events. It will be at the Miners’ Hall at Redhills, Durham.
There will be a guided tour of the Miners’ Hall at 6:00pm and the actual talk will be at 7:00pm.
The talk will be introduced by John Stirling.
The son of a miner who became a pitman himself, Sid Chaplin’s early work brilliantly chronicled the mining life he observed around him. To mark the centenary of his birth in 1916, this new collection of stories, essays and poems features the very best of this work, with essays and commentary by his son, Michael Chaplin, tracing the early life of his father and the story of the villages which meant so much to him. An affectionate evocation of landscape, people and place, captures the culture which created the modern North East but which is now lost forever.
After many years living in Wales and London and working in television as a producer and executive, Sid Chaplin’s son Michael Chaplin moved back to the North East in 2006 and has since written plays about North East life, covering a dramatization of Chris Mullin’s diaries, laments on the grim progress of the local heroes at St James’ Park, and seven plays for Live Theatre. He is currently working as a co-writer of Tommies, a four-year project for BBC Radio 4 telling the story of the First World War from the point of view of a group of British Army signallers.