Writing workshops sept 17th

Settle Down and Write for East Africa

On Saturday 17th September Newcastle-based Friction Magazine ( is running a day-long series of writing workshops to raise money for the East Africa famine. Held here at the Settle Down from 9am to 6pm, there are eight workshops throughout the day focusing on creative, imaginative and journalistic writing.

Some wonderful and generous writers are donating their time to run workshops, including: novelists Kitty Fitzgerald (author of Pigtopia) and Alex Pheby (Grace), poet Kathleen Kenny (Firesprung) and former Mslexia editor Daneet Steffens, with other big names from the region to be confirmed.

There will be a maximum of 15 people per workshop, all paying the criminally cheap price of £2 each, with all the money going to charity. Work produced from the day will form a special issue of Friction Magazine which will be sponsored to raise more money. The event is supported by both NCLA ( and the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media at the University of Sunderland (

The Settle Down Cafe is just around the corner from Central Station, on Thornton Street on the pedestrianised square. They will be serving breakfast, soup, sandwiches, salads, coffee, cake and cold drinks throughout the day.

For more information and booking please visit:


Josie Brookes, The Question Project August 30th to October 6th

In May, illustrator Josie Brookes decided to embark on a new self-initiated blog project called ‘The Question Project’. The aim was simple. For one month she picked a question randomly asked to her each day and captured it in a typographic illustration. The result is a series of responsive artworks capturing a selection of interesting, mundane, funny, and sometimes ridiculous questions she encountered over the month.

The exhibition will feature the original artwork and blog posts, giving insight in to a month in the life of a freelance illustrator and showing how even the most everyday question can spark off visual inspiration.

To view The Question project blog please visit:

The exhibition will be shown at The Settle Down Café TUESDAY 30th AUGUST – THURSDAY 6th OCTOBER

With a private view on the evening of FRIDAY 2nd SEPTEMBER.


dog pound collective spoken word at the settle down

dog pound collective held their first spoken word night at our place last month (or something like that) we and they loved it, so they’re back for more… 19th august, 7pm. licensed bar



papergirl is a very cool idea for an art project started in berlin a few years ago. artists submit work on paper (a5 to a1), the work is shown as part of a papergirl exhibition for a short period, then the work is given away to unsuspecting members of the public by a load of volunteer cyclists.

the exhibition will open at the settle down on august 11th, then get distributed on august 27th.

for more info and to GET INVOLVED go to


thanks for dropping by

our little cafe is just a couple of minutes walk from central (rail) station in newcastle upon tyne.

we make some of the best coffees around, as well as beautiful homemade cakes, soups, toasted ciabatta sandwiches and salads.

we also host a range of arts and crafts workshops, sales and groups.

come down and see us- you’ll love it!