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The Word, National Centre for the Written Word


The Word, National Centre for the Written Word is a state-of-the-art cultural venue in South Tyneside which is brimming with exciting experiences, activities and facilities for people of all ages to engage and enjoy! The spectacular building opened in October 2016.

For more information on the latest events and exhibitions, opening times and directions, please visit The Word website. The Word is also available to follow on Facebook and Twitter.

The Word, 45 Market Place, South Shields, NE33 1JF

The Word, National Centre for the Written Word, South Shields

The Word: COVID-19 Update

The Word has now partially reopened some of the library services in the building. All other facilities remain closed.

Find our more about the limited reopening of Council libraries

Online events and digital programming

From October 2020, The Word will begin to hold online events and workshops. You can complete a short survey to give your view on what activities you would like to be able to access digitally.

You can also view The Word's What's On to see the current programme of events.


The Word is located within the heart of South Shields Town Centre adjacent to the Market Place. You can park for free for up to 3 hours (you must still get a ticket from the machine) and it is only a short walk from many other local attractions, including the seafront (which boasts Haven Point, The Dunes, Ocean Beach Pleasure Park, North & South Marine Park as well as an award-winning beach), South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, Arbeia Roman Fort and The Customs House.

  • The Word, National Centre for the Written Word
  • The Word
    45 Market Place
    South Shields
    NE33 1DX



Upcoming events and activities

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The Word is supported by

Arts Council
Gold sponsors
Silver sponsors
Bronze sponsors
Colmans Seafood Temple
JP Morgan
Port of Tyne


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