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The Castle Keep of Newcastle upon Tyne was built by Henry II between 1168-1178, it is one of the finest surviving examples of a Norman Keep in the country. It stands within a site that also contains: an early motte and bailey castle built by Robert Curthose, the son of William the Conqueror: an Anglo-Saxon cemetery and a Roman Fort (Pons Aelius).

The Castle Keep is a Grade 1 listed building, a Scheduled Ancient monument, and is open to the public 361 days of the year as a heritage visitor attraction. Owned by Newcastle City Council it is leased to and managed by the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne, the second oldest antiquarian society in the world. Follow the link to visit the website

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After graduating from Newcastle University with a BA in English Literature Holly Douglas is carrying out a Masters in Creative Writing. She has an interest in British folklore , fairy tales and children’s stories and his currently writing a novel exploring the mythology of fairies. She has recently won the Great North Museum’s short story competition for her original fairy tale ‘Foundling’.

Follow this link to view the writing produced during the residency.