LINE-UP REVEALED FOR FIRST DIGITAL DURHAM BOOK FESTIVAL - The programme has been announced for Durham Book Festival 2020, the North East’s largest literary festival. Free tickets are now available for a huge range of events to be streamed online at durhambookfestival.com.
Between 9 and 18 October 2020, writers, artists and thinkers from across the world will take part in more than 50 events and activities online.
This year, due to Covid-19, the entire festival will take place online. An array of talks, workshops, readings, live drawings, studio tours, podcasts, essays, and more than 20 newly commissioned pieces of writing will be available free of charge for the duration of the festival.
A highlight is sure to be an afternoon with crime writer Ann Cleeves, who has written a brilliant new story exclusively for the festival, which is this year’s Durham Book Festival Big Read. In the lead up to the event, the festival will distribute 4,000 free copies of Written in Blood throughout County Durham as well as a free e-book. Ann will be interviewed by the broadcaster Steph McGovern about her career, her creations, including television’s Vera, how books have supported her in her life and why reading is so important for mental health.
Elsewhere, crime fans will enjoy events with Ian Rankin in conversation with fellow writer A.A. Dhand about his new novel A Song for the Dark Times, which sees the return of his much-loved detective John Rebus; and TV’s Pointless star Richard Osman, who introduces his highly anticipated debut crime novel, The Thursday Murder Club.
To access the full programme of events for this year's virtual festival, please visit - https://durhambookfestival.com/
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