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Durham Book Festival

Various Venues throughout Durham
Durham
County Durham
DH1 3NJ

Tel: +44 03000 266 600

: +44 03000 267200

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Durham Book Festival (7 Oct 2017 - 15 Oct 2017)*
Monday - SundayOpen
Bank HolidayOpen

* Please note: dates are provisional - please check website for up to date information and more details.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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Monday, 9th October 2017 - Monday, 9th October 2017

Durham Book Festival: Roddy DoyleRoddy Doyle talks about his impressive career and introduces his brand new novel smile.
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Monday, 9th October 2017 - Monday, 9th October 2017

Durham Book Festival: Peter Snow and Ann MacMillanDurham Book Festival: Journalist, author and broadcasters Peter Snow and Ann MacMillan who is a fellow broadcaster and journalist.  
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Tuesday, 10th October 2017 - Tuesday, 10th October 2017

Durham Book Festival: Robert WebbThe award-winning comedian and actor (Peep SHOW) introduces his new memoir, How Not to Be a Boy.
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Wednesday, 11th October 2017 - Wednesday, 11th October 2017

Durham Book Festival: Tony Robinson: No Cunning PlanNo cunning Plan Sir Tony Robinson has had a stellar career lasting over fifty years.  Now in a long-awaited autobiography he reveals how he went from child stardom in the first stage production of Oliver to comedy icon Baldrick in Blackadder.
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Saturday, 14th October 2017 - Saturday, 14th October 2017

Durham Book Festival: Chris RyanBook Festival: Chris Ryan served in the SAS for seven years and in 1991 was the only member of the infamous Bravo Two Zero team to evade capture behind Iraqi lines.
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Thursday, 12th October 2017 - Thursday, 12th October 2017

Jason Donovan and his amazing Midlife CrisisJason is delighted to announce that he will be hitting the road once again in the autumn, only this time it’s a tour with a twist!!
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Friday, 6th October 2017 - Saturday, 7th October 2017

Durham Book Festival: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the publication of J.K.Rowling's debut novel Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in 1997 in the UK, you are invited to join us for a unique cinematic experience at Durham Cathedral.
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Sunday, 15th October 2017 - Sunday, 15th October 2017

Backlisted Podcast Special : Alman Cogan by Gordon BurnThe literary podcast that gives new life to old books returns to Durham for a special episode dedicated to Gordon Burn’s extraordinary first novel Alma Cogan. Hosts John Mitchinson and Andy Miller will be joined by the writers Ben Myers and Adelle Stripe for a frank and fascinating discussion of...
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Friday, 13th October 2017 - Friday, 13th October 2017

Petina Gappah, Benjamin Myers, Alexi Sayle, Lionel Shriver: The News as a NovelTen years ago, the late Gordon Burn took the events of 2007 and during that year wrote and published Born yesterday: The News as a Novel, an ambitious and experimental Novel about the way news is made, and the way the media creates and manipulates the stories we see before us.  
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Saturday, 14th October 2017 - Saturday, 14th October 2017

Durham Book Festival: Andy Miller presents: Author Confidential
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Saturday, 14th October 2017 - Saturday, 14th October 2017

Durham Book Festival: North Sea WritersIn partnership with literature organisations in Sweden, Iceland and the Faroe Islands, New Writing North is delighted to be part of a European literature exchange project that will see writers undertake residencies in each country and create new work inspired by harbours and rivers.
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Saturday, 14th October 2017 - Saturday, 14th October 2017

Jen Campbell: Franklin's Flying BookshopJoin acclaimed author Jen Campbell for a cosy storytime inspired by dragons and fairy tales, in an event perfect for 3 to 5 year olds and their siblings.  Franklin the dragon loves stories and loves reading stories to people, too, but everyone is scared of him.
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Saturday, 7th October 2017 - Saturday, 7th October 2017

Sunday, 8th October 2017 - Sunday, 8th October 2017

Durham Book Festival: Inside the Archives: Witchcraft for MugglesThe existence of witches, or not, has long fascinated and intrigued people. This session is a chance to see, handle and discuss historic texts and documents relating to witchcraft from the archives and special collections of Palace Green Library.
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Saturday, 7th October 2017 - Saturday, 7th October 2017

Durham Book Festival: Poetry Book Society Showcase: Sinead Morrissey, Colette Bryce and Tara BerginJoin three stunning Irish voices as the Poetry Book Society celebrates some of this year’s most exciting releases.  T.S. Eliot Prize-winner Sinéad Morrissey returns to Durham Book Festival with a poignant and compelling collection, On Balance. Selected by the society as their Summer Choice, this...
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Sunday, 8th October 2017 - Sunday, 8th October 2017

Durham Book Festival: Bob Beagrie: Leasungspell: An Anglo Saxon Fool's TalePoet Bob Beagrie along with a group of musicians, conjures up the wild and wyrd world of the Dark Ages in a live performance of spoken word and sound, to launch the publication of the epic poem Leásungspell.
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Friday, 13th October 2017 - Friday, 13th October 2017

Durham Book Festival: Bonnie and the BonnettesSo imagine this. You are 14 years old and you are a drag queen. It’s glamour. It’s power. It’s Doncaster, 2009. This autobiographical three-person show combines drag performance with theatrical storytelling to build the world of Bonnie Love and The Bonnettes.
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Saturday, 14th October 2017 - Saturday, 14th October 2017

Durham Book Festival: Rich Seams: A New Generation of Poets from the North Curated and introduced by Andrew McMillanDurham Book Festival is proud to present a special poetry gala event, curated by Andrew McMillan and featuring a range of diverse and exciting poets who are reshaping and re-writing our idea of The North of England.
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Friday, 13th October 2017 - Friday, 13th October 2017

Durham Book Festival: Rachel Joyce: The Music ShopJoin us for a morning of coffee and cake with Rachel Joyce, author of the international bestselling The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. Rachel will be talking about her heart-warming new novel The Music Shop. 1988. Frank owns a record shop jam-packed with vinyl of every size and genre. Frank...
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Sunday, 15th October 2017 - Sunday, 15th October 2017

Durham Book Festival: Stephen McGann: Flesh and BloodBritish actor Stephen McGann comes to Durham to share his new book Flesh and Blood – the story of his family as told through seven diseases, wounds and ailments. His ancestors survived famine-ravaged Ireland and settled in the poverty of Victorian Liverpool.
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Sunday, 15th October 2017 - Sunday, 15th October 2017

Durham Book Festival: Lyndall Gordon: Outsiders: The Royal Literary Fund TalkOutsiders tells the stories of five novelists – Mary Shelley, Emily Brontë, George Eliot, Olive Schreiner, Virginia Woolf – and their famous novels. We have long known their individual greatness but in linking their creativity to their lives as outsiders, this biography throws new light on the...
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Friday, 13th October 2017 - Friday, 13th October 2017

Durham Book Festival: Lissa Evans: Their FinestJoin Lissa Evans as she discusses her Orange Prize-longlisted novel, Their Finest Hour and a Half, which is now a major film starring Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy.  It’s 1940. Catrin Cole writes snappy lines for an advertising agency. But the nation is in peril and there’s a place in the war...
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Sunday, 15th October 2017 - Sunday, 15th October 2017

Durham Book Festival: June Sarpong: DiversifyIs it possible to live without prejudice? Through inspiring stories, up-to-the-minute evidence, and case studies from around the globe, Diversify explores the value we place on packaging, and how the way we see others affects who we ourselves become.
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Friday, 13th October 2017 - Friday, 13th October 2017

Durham Book Festival: Alan Hollinghurst: The Sparsholt AffairIn 1940, two young men meet at Oxford University. Despite very different backgrounds, they both share the knowledge that with military call-up looming, they only have a year or so to study. The events of this year will affect many lives and set in motion the mystery at the heart of the novel.
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Saturday, 14th October 2017 - Saturday, 14th October 2017

Durham Book Festival: The Whole Kahani: Love Across a Broken MapThe Whole Kahani (The Complete Story), is a group of British fiction writers of South Asian origin. Their aim is to give a new voice to old stories and increase the visibility of South Asian writers in Britain. Writers Reshma Ruia, Kavita A. Jindal and Mona Dash present their first collection of...
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Sunday, 15th October 2017 - Sunday, 15th October 2017

Durham Book Festival: Polly Clark and Carmen Marcus: Poetic FictionsJoin two acclaimed poets as they discuss their brilliant debut novels. Polly Clark’s Larchfield beautifully weaves the story of a struggling and isolated young woman with the life of the poet W. H. Auden. Set in the Scottish west coast town Helensburgh, where Auden lived and taught for two years,...
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Sunday, 15th October 2017 - Sunday, 15th October 2017

Durham Book Festival: Chibundu Onuzo and Sarah Winman: Fantastic FictionDiscover some exciting new fiction as two award-winning novelists discuss their latest books. When a Nigerian army officer is ordered to kill civilians, he knows he must leave. Travelling towards Lagos, he becomes leader of a band of runaways who share his desire for a better life. As moving as it...
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Sunday, 15th October 2017 - Sunday, 15th October 2017

Durham Book Festival: Tracy Chevalier and Kamila Shamsie: RetellingsTwo classic dramas are reimagined by these award-winning novelists. Tracy Chevalier’s New Boy transports the drama and deception of Othello to a 1970s schoolyard. When diplomat’s son Osei arrives he immediately befriends the popular Dee. But one student can’t stand to witness their budding...
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Sunday, 15th October 2017 - Sunday, 15th October 2017

Durham Book Festival: Chibundu Onuzo and Sarah Winman: Fantastic FictionDiscover some exciting new fiction as two award-winning novelists discuss their latest books. When a Nigerian army officer is ordered to kill civilians, he knows he must leave. Travelling towards Lagos, he becomes leader of a band of runaways who share his desire for a better life. As moving as it...
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Saturday, 14th October 2017 - Saturday, 14th October 2017

Image by Michael-SissonsDurham Book Festival: Viv Groskop: The Anna Karenina FixViv Groskop has discovered the meaning of life in Russian literature. As she knows from personal experience, everything that has ever happened in life has already happened in these novels: from not being sure what to do with your life (Anna Karenina) to being in love with someone who doesn’t love...
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Saturday, 14th October 2017 - Saturday, 14th October 2017

Durham Book Festival: Sophie Hannah, Nicola Upson and Andrew Wilson: Golden Age of CrimeIn 2014, Sophie Hannah brought back Hercule Poirot with her hugely successful The Monogram Murders – but it’s not just Agatha Christie’s characters we’re reading about… Andrew Wilson’s A Talent For Murder places Christie herself at the heart of the mystery, reimagining ten lost days from the best...
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Saturday, 30th September 2017 - Saturday, 30th September 2017

Durham Book Festival: Norman Cornish WalkFollow in the footsteps of the great Durham artist, on this guided walk around Spennymoor. Led by members of the Cornish family, this walk will take in some of the key locations from Norman’s most iconic paintings and his life. This 2.5 mile walk will begin and end at Spennymoor Town Hall, where...
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Saturday, 14th October 2017 - Saturday, 14th October 2017

Durham Book Festival: Celebrating Norman CornishNorman Cornish was born in 1919 in Spennymoor, County Durham and went on to become one of the most celebrated British artists of the 20th Century. Norman became a miner at the age of 14 and at 15 he was accepted as a member of the sketching club at the Spennymoor Settlement. Although Norman...
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Saturday, 14th October 2017 - Saturday, 14th October 2017

Durham Book Festival: David Goodhart: The Road to SomewhereIn the wake of Brexit Britain and Trump’s America, David Goodhart conducts a timely and compelling investigation into the political and moral fault-lines that divide us.
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Sunday, 8th October 2017 - Sunday, 8th October 2017

Durham Book Festival: Thom Brooks and Gulwali Passarlay: Becoming BritishIn Becoming British, citizenship expert Thom Brooks explores the big questions rarely answered by the politicians, examining the relationship between immigration and citizenship in order to challenge the popular and political myths that surround this topic.
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Sunday, 8th October 2017 - Sunday, 8th October 2017

Durham Book Festival: A Crisis in Masculinity? With Ross Raisin, Anoop Nayak, Lisa Davis and Nicole WestmarlandIs masculinity in crisis in the North East? If so, can this be linked to the de-industrialisation of our region?
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Saturday, 14th October 2017 - Saturday, 14th October 2017

Durham Book Festival: Doug Johnstone and Louise Welsh: Death on the IslandsScotland’s remote Orkney Islands become the atmospheric setting for new novels from two of Scotland’s best crime writers. Set against a brutal, unforgiving landscape, Doug Johnstone’s Crash Land is a psychological thriller steeped in guilt, lust, deception and murder.
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Saturday, 14th October 2017 - Saturday, 14th October 2017

Durham Book Festival: Jane Housham: The Apprentice of Split Crow LaneGateshead, April 1866. Five-year-old Sarah Melvin was walking along Split Crow Lane when she disappeared. Later that night a couple walking home from the pub tripped over her body.
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Saturday, 7th October 2017 - Saturday, 7th October 2017

Durham Book Festival: Gillian Allnutt, Charles Fernyhough, Will Storr: OthersOthers is a new anthology from Unbound, which brings together a diverse group of writers to celebrate how books and writing can help us to see the world as others see it: whether it’s a novelist giving voice to the voiceless, a poet bringing alive a moment of consciousness we might not otherwise...
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Saturday, 7th October 2017 - Saturday, 7th October 2017

Durham Book Festival: Tom McLeish and David Hutchings: Let There Be ScienceToo often, science has been presented as a robotic, detached and unemotional enterprise. Too often, Christianity is dismissed as being an ancient superstition. In reality, neither is the case.
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Sunday, 8th October 2017 - Sunday, 8th October 2017

Durham Book Festival: Gary Fildes: An Astronomer’s TaleSunderland-born Gary Fildes left school at sixteen, got a trade, and was soon married with kids. But he had a secret, something he only practised late at night, until finally he came out as an astronomer!
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Saturday, 14th October 2017 - Saturday, 14th October 2017

Durham Book Festival: Exploring Fairy Tales with Jen Campbell and Sara MaitlandTo mark the opening of Palace Green Library’s exhibition, Between Worlds: Folklore and Fairy Tales from Northern Britain, we bring together writers Jen Campbell and Sara Maitland to talk about the power of fairy tales.
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Saturday, 14th October 2017 - Saturday, 14th October 2017

Durham Book Festival: Discovering DanteLook around you and the influence of medieval poet Dante Alighieri is everywhere. For centuries his work has inspired artists and writers from Botticelli to Dan Brown.
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Saturday, 7th October 2017 - Saturday, 7th October 2017

Durham Book Festival: Allan Jenkins and Alys Fowler: The Self and NatureAllan Jenkins and Alys Fowler: The Self and Nature
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Saturday, 7th October 2017 - Saturday, 7th October 2017

Durham Book Festival: Alec Ryrie: ProtestantsProtestant Christianity began with one stubborn monk. Today, it includes a billion people across the globe. On the 500th anniversary of Luther’s rebellions, this dazzling history traces the revolutionary and quarrelsome faith. Protestants tells the story of the radical men and women of this...
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Saturday, 14th October 2017 - Saturday, 14th October 2017

Durham Book Festival: Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough: Beyond the NorthlandsFrom the dying days of the eighth century, the Vikings voyaged to all corners of the medieval world and beyond. Their stories are preserved in the Old Norse sagas, which mix realism and fantasy to become exotic, quasi-historical adventures.
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Saturday, 14th October 2017 - Saturday, 14th October 2017

Durham Book Festival: Harriet Harman: A Woman’s WorkWe are thrilled to welcome one of Britain’s most prominent campaigning politicians and the country’s longest-serving female MP to Durham Book Festival.
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Sunday, 15th October 2017 - Sunday, 15th October 2017

Durham Book Festival: Dust of the Street’s ShiningThis is the story of Una, who finds that her escape from a panic attack on a crowded bus leads her into a world she finds familiar but not quite in the way she knew.
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Wednesday, 11th October 2017 - Wednesday, 11th October 2017

Durham Book Festival: The Thrill of the Chase: Spy Stories in the Twentieth CenturySecond World War novelist David Lowther discusses what it is about twentieth century espionage tales that make it such a rich seam for authors. David will talk about the different spy stories that have influenced his writing, including John Buchan’s novels, Eric Ambler in the 1930s and, more...
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Tuesday, 10th October 2017 - Tuesday, 10th October 2017

Durham Book Festival: Are Cathedrals Still Relevant?Cathedrals today face an existential crisis. Many people – both within and outside the church – argue that cathedrals are an irrelevance, and most face significant financial pressure. But they are one area of the church’s life that is flourishing, where the unchurched and the half-believer engage...
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