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Don’t miss Durham Book Festival – returning in October

(9 August 2019)

As a University, books are really important to us. We’ve got a world-leading English Department, and some great writers, artists and thinkers among our staff and students.

We’re also passionate about making literature accessible to all, in innovative ways, and inspiring new audiences to share our love of books.

That’s why we’re proud to once again be supporting the Durham Book Festival, when it returns in October 2019.

Festival facts…

The Durham Book Festival 2019 runs from 5 to 13 October.

Over 100 writers, artists and thinkers will take part.

There will be over 80 events, at venues across Durham.

Tickets are on sale now, at

Top writers, something for everyone

Among the writers taking part in the Festival are: Chocolat author Joanne Harris, BBC broadcasters Kirsty Wark and Carrie Gracie, poet Roger McGough, No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series author Alexander McCall Smith, and Captain Corelli’s Mandolin writer Louis de Bernières.

There will also be events for schools and community groups. Children will have the chance to take part in craft and song-writing workshops at community centres across County Durham, before seeing their songs turned into a professional theatre show at the Gala Theatre.

Three thousand copies of Colm Tóibín’s Brooklyn will be given away free, and free copies of Tom Percival’s Perfectly Norman will be sent to every primary school in the County.

Playing our part: sharing, hosting, sponsoring

Many of our staff will be speaking or performing at the Festival, we’re hosting a huge range of events across our venues, and we’re once again sponsoring the Festival Laureateship.

This year’s Festival Laureate is award-winning poet Raymond Antrobus, who will write and perform a new poem inspired by Durham, visit local schools, and work with our students.

Don’t miss…

The Durham University Showcase, featuring some of our most exciting writers and teachers – at St Chad’s College Chapel, on Saturday 12 October, at 2pm.

Your chance to go behind the scenes at our Palace Green Library, with the Inside the Archives events series.

Writing Durham: podcasts and short films about contemporary writers, presented by our own Dr Laura McKenzie.

And for your chance to get really stuck into the Festival, why not help out by volunteering? Keep an eye on the Festival website for opportunities.

However you get involved, enjoy the Festival!