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Accessibility

We intend to make the first Ewan Brown Newcastle Bookfair as inclusive as we possibly can. To try and ensure that is the case we have taken the following steps to make sure as many people as we can will enjoy this showcase of Ewan Brown and of our region as a whole.

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Wheelchair Access

The Star and Shadow Cinema is a wheelchair accesible venue offering step-free access around the bookfair as well as accesible toilets.

British Sign Language (BSL)

British Sign Language (BSL) interpretors will be posted around the venue in visible clothing and contactable when required. Where we can we have also asked for a BSL interpretation at various workshops and gigs. More information on which will be posted closer to the event.

Induction Loop

Portable hearing loops will be available on the day of the bookfair.

Streaming

For those who can not make the journey we intent to stream parts of the bookfair as well as attempting to put together something online that replicates the flavour of the bookfair in some way.

Medical Requirements

If anyone has any medical requirements they need to take care of there will be places to do that. There will also be food and drink available. If you have any questions please ask at the welcome desk.

Assistance Dogs

The venue is animal friendly and offers a large green space across the road.

Travel

The bookfair will be at The Star and Shadow Cinema on Warwick Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Located in the east of the city it is reachable by local buses, light railway, car/taxi and bike.

Below is a guide of how to get to the bookfair via various modes of transport.

By Metro

Newcastle is served by the Tyne & Wear Metro which operate throughout the area, offering a service every 10-15 minutes. Step-free access is available at all Metro stations, you can check the departure boards at stations which will advise if any lifts are out of order.

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Manors is on the Yellow Line of the Metro which operates between South Shields, Gateshead and Newcastle city centre and loops around the coast.It is advised if you are travelling from the south of the River Tyne to change trains at Monument to avoid the loop around the coast.

Jesmond is on both the Green and Yellow Lines so unlike Manors station if you are travelling from the Airport or Sunderland you won't need to switch trains.

Both stations at just over 10 minutes walk away from the bookfair venue.

By Rail

Newcastle is accesible by rail nationwide, with regular services between London and Edinburgh as well as services from Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and Leeds.

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The nearest mainline railway station to The Star and Shadow Cinema is Newcastle which is accesible Nationwide by various train operators. It is around a 30 minute walk through the city to the venue so check below for bus/taxi information if required.

Manors also has a railway station not far from the Metro station, it is operated by Northern however service is scarce. Please note Manors railway station is not step-free.

By Bus

Directly outside of the venue is Warwick Street bus stop which has regular buses running between the west and the east of the city via the city centre.

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These buses are operated by Stagecoach and are services:

1 - Coach Lane Campus - Slatyford via City Centre/Railway Station (Neville Street)

32/32A - Walker - North Kenton via Monument

Nearby there are other bus services connecting the area with Arriva and Go North East Buses. Any bus that stops at Sandyford is a short walk away.

By Car/Taxi

The venue address for Sat-Nav is:

Star & Shadow Cinema,

Warwick St,

Newcastle upon Tyne,

NE2 1BB

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There are a few parking spaces on-site and along Warwick Road which may fill up fast. There are several public parking and private parking places in the city centre which are around 5-10 minutes away.

There is a licensed taxi rank right outside of the railway station. Newcastle also has Uber.

By Bike
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Star and Shadow Cinema is located in the east-end of Newcastle, a short cycle off Cycle Route 72 and 725.

There are places to safely store and lock your bike inside of the venue building.

On-Site

Opening Times

Doors are scheduled to open at 10AM.

Arriving

Upon arriving at the bookfair you can head up the entrance ramp, go through the 2 sets of automatic doors andyou will be in the reception area, where there will be a welcome desk where you can get further information or BSL assistance.

Toilets

There are toilets on site, as well as an accessible toilet. These will all be sign posted.

COVID-19

Following on from the venue's COVID-19 statement (https://www.starandshadow.org.uk/reopening/covid-statement/) there will be masks available at the welcome desk as well as hand sanitiser available around the venue.

Wellbeing

There will be a Wellbeing Crew on hand to help out where they can and making sure everyone is okay. You will be able to find them around the venue wearing yellow armbands.

Etiquette

As is the nature of the bookfair it is important to respect people's privacy and not to take photos of anyone's faces unless with their consent.