On this blog, I write about the history and culture of North-East England. You will find a range of posts on subjects as diverse as Geordie Shore, T. Dan Smith, the architecture of the North-East and the region’s sporting life. This site began as a film blog and I haven’t got round to changing the name to something more appropriate*. And so for now it is still ‘draperonfilm’, the Draper being myself, Tom Draper. There is a selection of film criticism available through the menu and a few conversations about documentary filmmaking and film history with Film Studies PhD student Tom Jackson, in addition to a few film festival reports. I’m currently working in Bologna, Italy and so have been spending a little too long away from Newcastle and my native North-East. But I’ll be back soon, with my pen ready, or should I say fingertips poised, to write more about the region. Please subscribe to keep up to date with all my posts.


Here I am, walking down from the Santuario di San Luca in Bologna, surprisingly not burnt from the scorching sun, and probably ready for an ice cream or three.

All posts by Tom Draper. Graduate of Longbenton Community College, University of Warwick (BA) and Durham University (MA). 

Banner Photo Credit: Harry Hughes Photography

*If you have any suggestions, I would like to hear them. So far, “Geordie Bore” and “It’s Not So Grim Up North” haven’t made the cut.

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