One of the biggest literature festivals in the North of England, Durham Book Festival is one of the most highly anticipated events in the literary aficionado’s social calendar. So many were glued to their computers, refreshing their screens and fondling their credit cards as they waited for the announcement of the festival programme this morning. New Writing North are known for bringing some of the biggest literary talents to the North East and we were all hoping for the big name acts, the up-and-coming talents and the latest innovative research and we weren’t disappointed.
The festival will run from 6th to 17th October and there are over 50 events taking place across Durham, with children’s novelists in local schools, recipes at Palace Green Library, poetry at Gala Theatre, history in Durham Town Hall and plenty more to keep you entertained.
Highlights of the festival programme this year include Bill Bryson discussing his new travel book, The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes from a Small Island, at Gala Theatre on Saturday 17th October; a celebration of the career of Philip Pullman (with the writer himself) also on Saturday 17th October, broadcaster Lauren Laverne and journalist Laura Craik discussing the short film they made about the new Yves Saint Laurent exhibition at the Bowes Museum on Sunday 11th October; and Vince Cable’s thoughts on Britain’s economic future on Saturday 10th October.
Tickets are now on sale and these stand-out events are bound to sell out in no time, but there’s a whole host of notable writers and entertainers flocking to our region this October, so don’t worry, you’re spoilt for choice.
For more information about the Durham Book Festival, with a full list of events including the Durham Big Read book giveaway (get your hands on a copy of Philip Pullman’s Northern Lights) and the theatre adaptation of Simon Bartram’s Man On The Moon head to www.durhambookfestival.com
Durham Book Festival
6–17th October 201
Venues across Durham