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Back to the roots again.

A debate about regional culture was whipped up two or three years ago when NewcastleGateshead was bidding to be European Capital of Culture.

But the debate has been going on much longer than that.

On Thursday, Northumbria University Press re-issues a book called Geordies: Roots of Regionalism by Robert Colls and Bill Lancaster.

It was originally published in 1992 when it attracted enthusiastic reviews from, among others, The Journal's Tony Henderson who described it as "an affectionate and realistic portrait of a unique region".

It draws on history, geography, popular culture, politics, music, literature and sport in a celebration of the North-East and its people.

Within its 200 pages, you will find Alan Plater on North-East drama, Harvey Taylor on sporting heroes, Tom Hadaway on comic dialect and Barry Carr on black Geordies.

Bill Lancaster offers Newcastle ( capital of what? while Robert Colls contributes Born-again Geordies.

The book costs pounds 11.99.

Also just out is Northern Review, the biennial journal of cultural debate edited by Bill Lancaster (NUP, pounds 9.95).
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 29, 2005
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