(Born 1906 in South Sheilds in Tyne and Wear), Fiction
An English author of mainly historical fiction, Catherine Cookson became the most widely read novelist in the UK. Her first novel was Kate Hannigan which was published in 1950 and she went on to write almost 100 books. Many of her novels were transferred to film, stage and radio. She received an OBE in 1985 which was elevated to a DBE in 1993.
(Born 1902 in South Sheilds in Tyne and Wear), Theatre
An English actress who made her stage debut in 1921 at the age of 19, appearing in theatre, film and television. She received a CBE in 1952 which was elevated to a DBE in 1960.
(Born 1894 in South Sheilds in Tyne and Wear), Fiction
She was an English childrens writer, whose first novel Gerry Goes to School appeared in 1922. She wrote adventure and school stories and was known for the Chalet School series. In her lifetime she wrote over 100 books.
A friend and neighbour of William Morris, Cobden-Sanderson was a member of the Art Workers Guild and was the founder of the Doves Bindery back in 1893. He also started Doves Press, that was a well known private press in London.
(Born 1806 in Kelloe in Durham), Poetry
Elizabeth Barrett Browning was a poet whose first known poem On the Cruelty of Forcement to Man was written at the age of six or eight. She became one of the most prominent poets of the Victorian era.
Robert Surtees was an English novelist and sporting writer. He began writing for the Sporting Magazine before he started out on his own on the New Sporting Magazine in 1831. He went on to write novels and create comic personalities. One example of his work is Mr Sponges Sporting Tour which was written in 1853.
Taylor was a dramatist and poet. He became quite famous and had been compared to Shakespeare. For further reading his plays included Isaac Comnenus, The Virgin Widow, St. Clements Eve and Philip van Artevelde.
(Born 1768 in Sandhoe in Northumberland), Papermaking
Donkin was the engineer responsible for the manufacture of the first Fourdrinier machine for making paper.
An engraver, writer and illustrator.
(Born 1748 in Swalwell in Tyne and Wear), Music
He was the principal violinist at the Opera Covent Garden which is now the Royal Opera House. He was also a composer and got a lot of his music from old Northumbrian folk music.